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L3 Award in Cargo Refrigerant Handling (EC842-2006)

This qualification is available in England and Northern Ireland only.

New EU F-Gas Regulation (517/2014) replaces the 2006 regulation and comes into force from January 2015.

F-Gas Regulation Guidance

Guidance for users, producers and traders

Important note: training and certification in the 2014 F-Gas Regulation are based largely on the existing requirements in the 2006 regulation. Existing qualification remain valid.

Who is it suitable for?

The purpose and aim of this qualification is to qualify individuals (working with automotive refrigerated cargo systems) to meet the European Union F-gas regulations (Commission Regulation EC 842/2006).

This qualification is also suitable for competent cargo refrigeration technicians who have completed a previous qualification (including 'in-house' training). Individuals must have a good understanding of components and system operation, to carry out procedures relating to air conditioning systems.


In order to legally recover F-gas (fluorinated greenhouse gas) from automotive refrigerated cargo systems, all MAC technicians must have achieved (as a minimum requirement) a refrigerant handling qualification, meeting the EU F-gas regulations.

The Award is made up of one unit that covers topics derived from the European Union F-gas regulations (Commission Regulation EC 842/2006 and the later Annex to Commission Regulation EC 307/2008).

Entry Requirements

The selection criteria for entry should take into account each applicant's existing academic/vocational qualifications and experience. Individuals should already have a basic knowledge of the:

  • operation of goods chilling and freezing systems containing fluorinated greenhouse gases in automotive refrigerated cargo systems.
  • the environmental impact of fluorinated greenhouse gas refrigerants; the corresponding environmental regulations; and procedures for environment friendly recovery of fluorinated greenhouse gases.


Achievement of this qualification allows experienced technicians (working with automotive refrigerated cargo systems) to continue to practice.


Learners must achieve all the learning outcomes by completing the underpinning knowledge assessment criteria consisting of:

  • practical assessment
  • IMI external online test

Want to know more?

For all enquiries relating to the F-Gas and ODS Regulations contact the Environment Agency:

National Customer Contact Centre tel no. 03708 506506


View this qualification on the Register of Regulated Qualifications