Beijer Ref Academy CO2
HVAC&R technicians from across Australia have received accredited CO2 training at the newly opened Beijer Ref Academy in Sydney. (Source: Beijer Ref)

Beijer Ref Opens CO2 Training Center in Sydney

The new Beijer Ref Academy in Australia is offering the country’s only nationally accredited R744 training course for technicians and installers.

Global HVAC&R wholesaler and manufacturer Beijer Ref has partnered with Superior Training Centre, an Australian education provider, to offer Australia’s only nationally accredited CO2 (R744) training course at the newly opened Beijer Ref Academy in Sydney.

The custom-built facility is equipped with state-of-the-art COtechnology that offers Australia’s technicians and installers accredited training in operating R744-based refrigeration systems in different configurations, according to a recent statement from Beijer Ref. This includes live simulation performance in all applications and weather conditions.

“This is an important step forward in the upskilling of technicians in CO2 systems technology,” said Antonis Siamas, Head Trainer at Superior Training Centre. “The training combines theory and practical, and technicians are working on the latest equipment within the Beijer Ref Academy.”

“This is an important step forward in the upskilling of technicians in CO2 systems technology. The training combines theory and practical, and technicians are working on the latest equipment within the Beijer Ref Academy.”

Antonis Siamas, Superior Training Centre.

Upon successful completion of the center’s two-day course, trainees are awarded a certification covering safety awareness and knowledge of the legal requirements for CO2 refrigerant, and a second certification for repairing and servicing CO2 refrigeration systems. All components of the course are conducted within the Beijer Ref Academy, and the accreditation is authorized by Superior Training Centre and recorded against the technician’s unique student identifier.

The academy has already started offering classes. “I really enjoyed the course and learnt a lot,” said Tom Harkness, Service Manager at Redtech Commercial Refrigeration, a recent attendee. “It was so good to do the practical components and see all the different racks at the Beijer Ref facilities. This accreditation will mean a lot to me and our business moving forward.”

Future CO2 Systems Training course dates are September 6–7 and 27–28, October 11–12 and November 1–2, and all enrollment- and fee-related enquiries should be directed to bracademy@beijerrefsupport.com.au.

According to Inderpal Saund, Sales Manager and Business Development Manager – APAC at SCM REF Australia, an OEM and subsidiary of Beijer Ref, this is as excellent opportunity for businesses and technicians to future-proof themselves as the use of CO2 continues to rise.

In addition to its new facility in Sydney, Biejer Ref has training centers in Padau (Italy), Lyon (France), Wuxi (China) and Bangkok (Thailand). The company aims to have six academies globally by 2023.

Beijer Ref is one of the largest refrigeration wholesalers in the world and comprises a network of over 1,200 suppliers, including SCM Frigo, an Italian manufacturer of CO2-based systems

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