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Accredited CO2 training delivered

HVACR technicians from across Australia have achieved accredited CO2 training via the newly opened, Sydney Beijer Ref Academy. Beijer Ref and Superior Training Centre Pty Ltd (RTO ID Number 41122) have collaborated to offer the only nationally accredited CO2 course currently being run in Australia on state-of-the-art equipment in a custom-built facility.

Superior Training Centre head trainer, Antonis Siamas says;

“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.”

Upon successful completion of the 2-day course attendees are awarded a statement of attainment for UEENEEJ184A - Apply safety awareness and legal requirements for carbon dioxide refrigerant and UEENEEJ185A - Repair and service carbon dioxide refrigeration systems. The accreditation is authorised by Superior Training Centre and recorded against the technician’s unique student identifier.

Inderpal Saund, business development manager APAC & sales manager SCM REF Australia says this is as excellent opportunity for businesses and technicians to future-proof themselves as the use of CO2 continues to rise.

“All business owners and technicians ready to up-skill themselves and grow their opportunities in the service and maintenance of CO2 systems are encouraged to register their attendance.”

Redtech Commercial Refrigeration service manager and recent course attendee Tom Harkness said;

“I really enjoyed the course and learnt a lot. 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.”

The Sydney based Beijer Ref Academy is equipped with leading CO2 technology that allows technicians and installers the opportunity to learn how to operate CO2 refrigeration systems in different configurations. The system can deliver live simulation performance in all applications and weather conditions.

All components of the course are conducted within the Beijer Ref facilities. Future course dates are listed and all enrolment and course fee enquiries should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Beijer Ref Academy and Superior Training Centre CO2 Systems Training, 2022 Course Dates*

6 - 7 September, 2022
27 - 28 September, 2022
11 - 12 October, 2022
1 - 2 November, 2022
*All courses are subject to minimum attendance numbers being met


Apprentice Fund Apprentices complete Kirby Scholarship Program

This week ten 4th year HVACR apprentices participated in the first round of the Kirby Apprentice Fund Naturals Training Scholarship Program.

Participants were;
Matthew Powell, Alphacool QLD
Corey Kemp, Amertec Refrigeration SA
Scott Roberts, Control Air SA/NT
Jayden Thomson, Murray Heating & Cooling SA
Evgeny Radzievskiy, Precise Air Group SA
Tom Clancy, Central West Refrigeration WA
Ben Fraser, Gordon Brothers Industries VIC
Michael Grantham, Channon Refrigeration NSW
Mickey Curtis, Coolabah Cooling Services NSW
Joel Campbell, Cooma Air Conditioning and Refrigeration NSW

Brand and communications manager, Elizabeth Paparo said the scholarship recipients were selected from a pool of applicants because they demonstrated a commitment to the environment, upskilling themselves, and learning more about what they all referenced as “the future of our industry”.

“They were an impressive group of young technicians who were excited to be a part of the program, appreciative and remained inquisitive throughout” she said.

As part of the program, the apprentices completed the CO2 units of competency required to qualify for ARC Green Scheme Accreditation – the only national accreditation available for technicians to demonstrate they are qualified to work with natural refrigerants.

“It is a commitment of Beijer Ref to progress the uptake of natural refrigerant technology throughout the industry and we thank Superior Training Centre, RTO number 41122 for delivering the formal training components.”

The technicians also had hands on experience within the Beijer Ref Training Academy, led by SCM REF Australia’s, Inderpal Saund. The training facilities here at Beijer Ref, allow participants to walk straight out of the classroom, into the Academy and where they can compare their theory notes with first class subcritical, transcritical and combo rack assemblies.

“It was a unique opportunity to see the componentry up close and running, track the pipe runs, touch and feel the rack assemblies. They were also able to interact with and learn from a mobile CO2 training unit, created for the program.”

The Kirby Apprentice Fund looks forward to announcing another round of the Scholarship Program in the future. There are many ways to support the Kirby Apprentice Fund, which remains committed to supporting apprentices and strengthening the technical skills of the HVAC&R industry.

Kirby congratulates and thanks the apprentices’ employers for supporting their technician’s attendance and participation. The Scholarship program was supported by the Australian Refrigeration Council, Emerson Climate Technologies, and AIRAH.

To find out more information about supporting the Kirby Apprentice Fund, contact your local Kirby branch. HVACR apprentices can register into the Fund at To register your interest for training at the Beijer Ref Training Academy, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Phone System Upgrade

As a part of Kirby’s commitment to continuous improvement, innovation and the best service for our customers, we will be upgrading our current telephone platform to a latest digital platform.

Our new telephone platform will include several new features that will benefit our customers when contacting us. It is our focus to deliver a better customer service experience, and one that allows us to give you features, information, and flexibility in how you interact with our business and customer service teams.

The planned cutover period will be during 11th to 13th Feb 2022, and we are hoping to minimise the downtime as much as possible. As always, your support during this significant transition will be greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our representatives or your regular contact at Kirby.

Flexible Capacity with Gree Modular Chillers

With Gree’s A Series Modular Air Cooled Inverter Chillers you can combine different units to achieve your required heating or cooling load.

Models range between 65kW and 249kW. Combine up to 8 of the 130kW models, 160kW and 249kW or 16 of the 65kW and 80kW models to achieve a massive 1,990kW of cooling capacity.

The Gree chillers were recently installed at Margan Winery Hunter Valley, by local contractor J&H Commercial Services. To meet the site’s wine processing and chilling processes, 4 x LSQ065 Gree inverter Chillers were specified and set up to run in a modular configuration, giving around 160kW at process conditions. The system included the Gree advanced modular controller which looks at the 4 chillers as 1 chiller for closer capacity control and energy efficiencies. All four chillers operate at 52 amps per unit at full load.

The Gree controller can control up to 16 units and with Gree’s Free Master connection there is timely communication with all units and a fault on one will not affect the operation of the other units. Being inverter chillers provides added flexibility during peak and off peak production.

Gree Chillers include technician friendly technology for straight forward installation and commissioning. The range is suitable for new builds or retrofit to existing buildings and applications where redundancy is required, such as wineries, restaurants, office buildings, theatres, gyms, shopping centres and apartments.

Kirby has a team of dedicated Engineers on hand to assist with any selection enquiries.
Contact us on 13 23 50.


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