Thursday, 13 April 2017

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The Professional Certification of Technicians in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry is here!!!!!

Subsequent to a request from the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Association (ARIA) for the certification of technicians in order to have better regulation of the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Sector, the National Ozone Unit (NOU) approached the National Training Agency (NTA) on possible collaboration in establishing such a system based on the National Guidelines Document developed by the NOU. The NTA indicated that it would include this Professional Certification in its work programme, and a team was established between NTA, the NOU and key stakeholders in the sector, including the School of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (SORAC), Metal Industries Company Limited (MIC), National Energy Skills Center (NESC), and the Youth Training and Employment Partnership Programme (YTEPP), to develop this Professional Certification. Consultations were held in Trinidad and Tobago and the proposal revised accordingly.  The System was been finalized based on input from all stakeholders and will be administered by the NTA.
The launch took place today, April 12, 2017 at Hilton Trinidad.
For more Information, the Body of Knowledge and Registration visit 

LR- Marissa Gowrie - Deputy Environmental Manager/National Ozone Officer, Environmental Policy and Planning Division Ministry of Planning and Development; Steve Arman - Chief Executive Officer - NTA, Joanne Deoraj- Permanent Secretary Ministry of Planning and Development, The Honourable Dr. Lovell Francis - Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Mr. Kenneth Boodoo- President of ARIA, Mr. Deenish Maharaj- Manager, Quality Assurance and Accreditation Department, NTA
More Pictures of this Historic Event

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

OZONACTION UNIVERSITY COURSE - Supporting the Engineering Education Process to Protect the Ozone Layer

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) OzonAction Branch, as well as other United Nations (UN) agencies operating under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, offered over the last two decades exhaustive training programmes for the servicing technicians on the refrigeration good practices including emissions reduction and sound management of refrigerants. These training programmes always offered also opportunity to field engineers to get involved but majority of the training recipients were field technicians. Therefore, the level of training programmes is always simplified to the minimum scientific level with more focus on hands-on practices and service techniques.
Therefore this course is an effort to support the engineering education process at different engineering institutes and colleges by acquainting the Future Engineers with the knowledge and skills required to manage refrigerants soundly as well as understand the technical and policy aspects associated with the refrigeration and air-conditioning industry as a result of global environmental considerations in particular the protection of the ozone layer and the combat of the climate change.
This special course is first of its kind that offer comprehensive scientific information and knowledge suitable for the academic levels. It offers thorough scientific background as well as applied knowledge that would help building the capacity of future engineers about management of refrigerants.
Engineering institutes and colleges are encouraged to benefit of this effort and use it in accordance to their internal academic structures. The course is developed to ensure complying with international academic standards for similar engineering education. Users of the course are also encouraged to keep abreast with the development at the global level in relation to environment and technology. They are also advised to wisely use the course, or any part of it, in accordance to the local capacities and needs.

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