Refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump systems (6090)

Last Updated: 30 Mar 2021

Product code 6090

6090-20/30 On programme - live
6090-50 EPA - live

This apprenticeship is designed by key employers in the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump system industry and is one of the new 'trailblazer apprenticeships'.  It provides the skills and underpinning knowledge for both basic and advanced refrigeration systems and includes an end-test at the end of the apprenticeship which includes both a knowledge and practical skills test. City & Guilds have developed two technical qualifications to support the on-programme delivery of this apprenticeship in additional to the 2079-11 F-Gas certificate.

This qualification is aimed at new entrants to the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump industry who wish to be trained in the skills and knowledge associated with basic and complex refrigeration systems which includes the routine maintenance, reactive maintenance and commissioning and de-commissioning of refrigeration systems in a variety of working environments

Available to deliver in the following:

• England

The Apprenticeship is available in England only, the qualification can be taken as standalone qualification. For more information about the Refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump systems standard, view our handy factsheet.

Summary of our offer

Our range of digital teaching and learning resources for Refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump systems gives you the flexibility to choose the tools you need to support apprentices through their on-programme learning, build their confidence and competence and ensure a quality learning experience in preparation for EPA.

Our teaching and digital learning resources for the Refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump systems as Engineering will give you the flexibility to choose the tools you need to support apprentices through their on-programme learning, build their confidence and competence and ensure a quality learning experience in preparation for EPA.

We are on the register of end-point assessment organisations for the Refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump systems as Engineering. Our high-quality, rigorous end-point assessment, can be delivered at a convenient time for your apprentice. Our EPA service includes a suite of guidance documents and preparation tools to get you ready for EPA.



City & Guilds has designed innovative and flexible delivery content that will equip apprentices with the competence and confidence to perform their best in assessment. Including:

• Mandatory qualification: The 6090 at Levels 2 and 3 are closely aligned to the content of the apprenticeship standard and enhance the on-programme learning for the apprentice. The 2079 F Gas is a mandatory qualification for this apprenticeship. it supports the delivery of all the skills, knowledge and behaviours required. Apprentices will receive a certificate upon successful completion. We have created a supporting document to link the qualification content to the requirements in the standard, so you can feel confident that everything is covered. You’ll find this in the ‘documents’ tab.
• Apprenticeship training manual: Our apprenticeship training manual (ATM) guides tutors and apprentices through a range of practical tasks mapped to the standard, allowing apprentices to track progress and record evidence of their learning as they go. Tasks are mapped to Maths & English requirements, developing knowledge and skills in a real working environment. The ATM is available inprint or as a digital download, or as free as charged on our e-portfolio, Learning Assistant.
• Downloadable tutor materials: Tutor materials compliment apprenticeship delivery with engaging content including handouts, lesson plans and presentations, covering all learning outcomes. Materials are available for download from SmartScreen.

Maths & English: Our Functional Skills qualifications cover the core maths and English requirements for this standard. Our support package, 'e-Functional Skills' is an online teaching and learning platform that guides learners from an initial diagnostic assessment.
• Practical observation
• Professional discussion

For further guidance, please refer to our Refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump systems handbook and end-point assessment pack. The handbook provides more detail behind the knowledge, skills and behaviours in the standard and the range of content within the standard. The end-point assessment pack includes detailed guidance on grading criteria for the EPA and the evidence you’ll need to produce for knowledge, skills and behaviours at gateway. You’ll find this in the 'documents' tab.

End-point assessment

EPA preparation and gateway guidance for this standard:
Upon registration for EPA, you will have access to a range of support material for the Refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump systems to help prepare for end-point assessment. All the materials can be accessed through SmartScreen on one user-friendly platform.
EPA exemplar materials: available for tutors, providing real assessment examples for each assessment type, such as transcripts and examples of good practice. This will help you to prepare apprentices and ensure they feel ready for assessment.
Recording forms: supporting you to complete key stages of EPA readiness, we have prepared forms to give you peace of mind and confidence that everything is covered. These packs include a gateway declaration form that is needed during the booking process and assessment forms, if required, that apprentices might need during assessment.
LIEPA reports: Our lead independent end assessors (LIEPAs) produce an annual report with insight into the EPA results and findings across all centres. These reports can help you refine your apprenticeship delivery to improve success rates.

For our EPA price list, visit here.

Apprenticeship certification:
As well as receiving their Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) apprenticeship certificate, the apprentice will receive a City & Guilds statement of achievement for end-point assessment.

We are issuing digital credential to learners who have completed this qualification.  Please add your learners’ email address during registration. A digital credential cannot be issued without the learner’s email address.

How to register

If you’re an existing City & Guilds centre or interested in becoming a centre, make sure you’ve read our EPA manual and guidance. This will explain the process and all our terms and conditions. Our short ‘how-to’ guides and videos are a great start to help you get to grips with what to expect and how to stay on track when booking EPA and preparing apprentices for assessment. You’ll find these resources in our EPA document library.

1. If you’re an existing City & Guilds customer, go to Walled Garden and select the materials you need or register your apprentice for end-point assessment. (You may need to submit a request to deliver a standard if you don’t yet have approval for that.)
2. Get in touch with Our Direct Sales Team can explain our different products and services and start getting you set up as a customer or give existing customers support on the new apprenticeship arrangements.
3. Speak to your City & Guilds Business Manager about how to access our products or how to register your apprentices with us.

Here you can find all documents related to this suite of apprenticeship.

By clicking on the section headings below, you can access a variety of documents such as the qualification handbooks and assessment materials, Statements of Purpose, and recognition letters from industry and employers.

Some documents may be password protected. Passwords can be retrieved by logging in to and visiting the Administration section of the relevant qualification catalogue page.

Interested in delivering this apprenticeship?

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