The GUIDE to Natural Refrigerants Training in Europe 2017 demonstrates that training is readily available.
A perceived lack of training among technicians and installers is often cited as a barrier to wider uptake of hydrocarbons-based HVAC&R technologies. But a new report published yesterday shows that training is in fact readily available for those who need it.
Packed full of exclusive interviews, industry surveys and data analysis, the GUIDE to Natural Refrigerants Training in Europe – produced by the market development department at shecco– is the most comprehensive investigation of Europe’s training landscape to date.
The GUIDE analyses survey responses and opinions from over 340 participants on a range of topics, including:
Survey participants identified the need to comply with legislative requirements at global, regional and national level as one of the biggest drivers of natural refrigerants training uptake. The cost of investing in training – both in terms of attending and offering courses – was singled out as the biggest barrier, closely followed by a perceived lack of available facilities in some parts of Europe.
“It is important to ensure that service engineers are skilled and properly trained for working with hydrocarbons. Training of service personnel is key. Do it right first time and it will serve you for years to come,” said Berty Jakob, senior R&D manager at Unilever.
Among the GUIDE’s highlights is a directory of natural refrigerants training currently on offer in Europe. The directory matches readers to the most suitable training providers, from a list of almost 200 located throughout Europe, according to their needs.
“It's important to ensure that service engineers are skilled and properly trained for working with hydrocarbons. Training of service personnel is key. Do it right first time and it will serve you for years to come.”
– Berty Jakob, Unilever
From state-of-the-art training centres provided by companies like Carrier and Bitzer to EU-funded projects and free online resources, the GUIDE is a one-stop shop for all training initiatives that support the development of natural refrigerants.
“EU refrigeration technicians’ mandatory certification does not include flammable refrigerant topics. This gap has to be quickly corrected to allow fast and safe growth of natural refrigerant-technologies,” said Marek Zglicynski, responsible for R&D commercial refrigeration at Brazilian compressor manufacturer Embraco.
The industry survey conducted for the GUIDE found that 98% of natural refrigerant training providers offer theoretical training, and 80% offer practical training. 63% offer hydrocarbons training.
Click here to read the GUIDE to Natural Refrigerants Training in Europe 2017.