This competition is not running in 2023


The total number of refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat-pump systems in operation worldwide is around 5 billion. These commercial and industrial systems provide the conditions we require for health, comfort, worker productivity, manufacturing, and essential environments for food, pharmaceuticals, and digital data.  

The competition is designed to test apprentices to demonstrate their talent, using tasks derived from real life industry-based scenarios. Tasks set cover all aspects from digital programming, building, maintaining and regulating of technical equipment 

The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Interpreting detailed drawings  

  • Measuring and fitting Installations  

  • Flame brazing

  • Recovery of refrigerant

  • Legislative record keeping 

  • Pressure & evacuation testing 

  • Fault finding for digital control circuits

Entry criteria

  • This is an individual competition
  • There is no limit to the number of competitors permitted to enter this competition per organisation
  • Educators and training professionals will be asked to pre-assess and score apprentices prior to registering the competition. This test can be accessed from the website
  • Candidates should be undergoing education and training in a relevant trade

How it works

Our competitions are open to all so please register between 28 February – 1 April 2022

The first stage of competition is a remote or online test (where applicable)

Competitors take part in competitions in venues across the UK or online

Scores are quality assured and Finalists are announced

Competitors prepare and practise in readiness for the National Finals

Our competitions are open to all so please register between 27 February – 24 March 2023

Competitors who are age eligible and have achieved the benchmark score will be invited to opt into Squad UK during December 2024 for the WorldSkills 2026 Cycle, subject to the skill progressing to the international competition cycle.

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