PD03: The Modern Technician: The future of the refrigeration trade

Panel members:

Sumit Oberoi, Executive Director, AMCA

Steve Smith, TAFE NSW

Irfan Hai, TAFE NSW

Rod Cumming, General Manager - Compliance and Training, Australian Refrigeration Council

A panel session exploring barriers and opportunities to the uptake of refrigeration apprenticeships and traineeships in Australia and proposed changes to training packages.

Presenters will discuss the importance of attracting a diverse range of people into trades training and outline what is required to support their successful completion and ensure the level of skill required to meet future workforce needs.

A case study on students in the TAFE NSW Certificate III in Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration apprenticeship program will be examined, outlining challenges facing Vocation Education and Training (VET) providers. The ARC’s Green Scheme Accreditation will be discussed and training opportunities and needs for future refrigeration technologies will also be explored.


Sumit Oberoi

Stephen Smith is a respected and practicing Refrigeration and Air Conditioning mechanic with over 25 years teaching experience in HVAC&R at TAFES in NSW.

He has supervised the installation, servicing and commissioning of coolrooms and freezer rooms, supermarket merchandising cabinets, milk bar display cabinets and high wall splits and ducted systems.






Irfan Hai is the Senior Head Teacher of the HVAC & Refrigeration Section at TAFE NSW - Ultimo College. He graduated from the University of Technology Sydney with a Master’s Degree in Arts (Major in e-Learning). His educational design for the Diploma of Engineering Technology in Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning qualification earned him and his teaching section the prestigious ARBS Outstanding Education and Training Award. He is currently working on a new Instructional Design Model fit for future Vocational trade students.





Rod Cumming is the General Manager, Compliance and Training at the Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC). Rod has a trade and training background, having been a successful owner of a commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning business, including many years at Box Hill TAFE involved with the RAC training program.

Rod is a passionate advocate for the industry and brings a unique mix of trade, training, business and regulation experience to his role.






Note: The seminar program may be subject to change. If you have registered for this seminar any topic, presenter, timetable or price changes will be communicated as soon as possible prior to the event.