1. Completion of secondary school is usually required.
2. Completion of a three- to five-year apprenticeship program or A combination of over five years of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses in refrigeration and air conditioning repair is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
3. Trade certification for refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics is compulsory in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and the territories.
4. Trade certification for transport refrigeration mechanics is available, but voluntary, in New Brunswick, Alberta and British Columbia.
5. Red Seal, an interprovincial trade certification, is also available to qualified refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics.
6. Most recent entrants have either a trade/vocational certificate or a community college diploma.