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Certification of people

In the rapidly growing refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump industry, professional competence and skills are key to ensuring high quality services and work safety. Central Refrigeration Center COCH in Krakow offers certification of the competence of people working in this field, confirming their qualifications in accordance with the highest industry standards and international standards, including PN-EN 13313 standard and ISO 22712:2023.

Our certification is not only a formal confirmation of one's skills, but also a recognition of professionalism and commitment to professional development. Through our certification programs, professionals can not only gain a competitive advantage, but also improve their skills, resulting in better professional performance and customer satisfaction.

Detailed information about the certification process

Application and qualification of candidates for certification

Qualification requirements for applicants at different levels of competence:

Basic Appreciation (BA) Level:

  • Education: Completion of at least basic vocational school education.
  • Training: Completed training in basic refrigeration, air conditioning, and heat pump fundamentals OR minimum 1 year of practical experience in the operation or installation of refrigeration systems.

Working Knowledge (WK) Level:

  • Education: Completion of at least basic vocational school education.
  • Training: Specialized training including leak testing, commissioning, operational inspection, operation, and shutdown of refrigeration, air conditioning, and heat pump systems OR minimum 1 year of practical experience in the operation or installation of such systems.

Fully Operational (FO) Level:

  • Education: Completion of at least secondary school education (matura).
  • Training: Specialized training including leak testing, commissioning, operational inspection, operation, installation, prefabrication, acceptance testing, general maintenance, circulation maintenance, dismantling, refrigerant removal from refrigeration, air conditioning, and heat pump systems OR minimum 3 years of practical experience in the installation, commissioning, operation, operational inspections, maintenance, and refrigerant removal.

Leading Edge (LE) Level:

  • Education: Higher technical education OR secondary technical education (matura).
  • Experience: Minimum 3 years of professional experience in the design of refrigeration, air conditioning, and heat pump equipment and systems.
  • Additional Requirements: Specialized training in operational safety, occupational health and safety regulations, environmental protection, and energy efficiency.

These qualification requirements ensure that candidates possess the necessary knowledge, skills, and experience to perform tasks competently and safely in the field of refrigeration, heat pumps, and air conditioning at each specified level of certification.

Assessment of the level of knowledge and practical skills

Certification Exam According to PN-EN 13313:2011:

Theoretical Exam:

  • The theoretical exam is conducted in written form and assesses knowledge according to the requirements of PN-EN 13313:2011, tailored to different levels of competency.
  • A written (theoretical) exam is not required for candidates with education in refrigeration, air conditioning, or heat pumps at the level of higher technical school.

Practical Exam:

  • The practical exam evaluates candidates’ practical skills in performing specific professional tasks as defined by PN-EN 13313:2011.
  • A positive result in the practical exam is necessary to obtain certification.
  • Supplementary materials are available in the Personnel Certification Department for individuals applying for competency certification in refrigeration, air conditioning, and heat pumps.

Certification Exam According to PN-EN ISO 22712:2023:

Theoretical Exam:

  • The theoretical exam is conducted in written form and assesses knowledge according to the requirements of ISO 22712:2023-09, PN-EN ISO 22712:2023, tailored to different levels of competency.
  • A written (theoretical) exam is not required for candidates with education in refrigeration, air conditioning, or heat pumps at the level of higher technical school.

Practical Exam:

  • The practical exam assesses candidates’ practical skills in performing specific professional tasks as defined by ISO 22712:2023, PN-EN ISO 22712:2023-09.
  • The practical exam includes practical tasks selected according to the sets of practical tasks, covering requirements specified in the standards.

This structured approach ensures that candidates are evaluated comprehensively and objectively based on both theoretical knowledge and practical skills required by the respective standards for certification in refrigeration, heat pumps, and air conditioning.

Decision and certification

The decision to certify and grant the certificate is made after the applicant has met all the requirements of the certification procedure (submission of the application, positive result of the exam, payment of the required fees, signing of the contract).

The validity period of the certificate is 5 years.

Supervision of the certificate holder and recertification

Jednostka certyfikująca sprawuje nadzór nad posiadaczem certyfikatu, zapewniając jego zgodność z obowiązującymi standardami i wymaganiami. Certyfikaty mają okres ważności 5 lat, po którym można ubiegać się o ponowną certyfikację, spełniając warunki nadzoru i aktualizacji wiedzy zawodowej.

Rights and responsibilities of the certified person

Obligations of Certified Person

The certified person commits to using the certificate according to its intended purpose. During the validity period of the certificate, the certified person is obligated to:

  1. Perform work within the scope defined by the certificate and document it using entries in the “Professional Experience Card,” provided with the certificate. Temporary breaks in work are allowed, but not exceeding a cumulative total of 2.5 years.

  2. Document participation in at least 1 training session covering applicable legal regulations and standards related to safety.

  3. Gather and retain records of all complaints affecting activities covered by the scope of the competency certificate, detailing how they were addressed, and provide them to the certifying body as part of oversight.

  4. Update their correspondence address as necessary.

At the midpoint of the certificate’s validity period, the certified person must provide the certifying body with the data and information required in point 2.

Upon expiration of the certificate’s validity period, the certified person may apply for recertification after meeting supervision requirements.

Odwołania i Skargi

Information on the procedure for handling complaints and appeals can be found at this link.

Additional capabilities

Why Choose COCH Certification?

Certification of competence in refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps is a key step in ensuring quality service and installation safety.

Order forms

Completed documents should be sent to: certyfikacja@coch.pl

Certificate register

Last updated: 13.02.2024.

Accreditation

Quality accreditation - a guarantee of trust

The Certification Department is accredited AC 036 and AC 056 by the Polish Accreditation Center and specializes in the certification of refrigeration destination products and personnel competence in the field of refrigeration.

Our team consists of qualified and experienced specialists who offer comprehensive assistance in the certification preparation and certification process, supervision and personnel competence development. With our services, we provide customers with reliable and professional service at every stage of cooperation.

 

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