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Introduction to Refrigeration

  • Date(s)
    Thursday, 13 June 2019
  • Time(s)
    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee

    Members: €345
    Non-Members: €395

    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details.  If your preferred method of payment is by invoice / purchase order / bank transfer / other, please contact the CPD Training Team on 01-6651305, or email to secure a place.

  • CPD Credit
    6.5 hours   C1

Course Aim

Refrigeration systems include chillers, air-conditioning and heat pumps and are widely used across a vast range of applications, from comfort cooling of occupied spaces to very low temperature freezers and cold stores. 

The aim of the course is to give attendees a good understanding of the basic refrigeration cycle and of the application of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment and systems in commercial and industrial environments.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will, on successful completion;

  • Understand the fundamentals of how refrigeration / air-conditioning systems work
  • Identify the main components of a refrigeration system
  • Be aware of the different types of refrigerants and of their environmental and safety issues
  • Understand the energy consumption of a refrigeration system and identify opportunities for energy savings
  • Have a basic understanding of the legislation and standards that apply to refrigeration systems
  • Know what documentation and certification are required for refrigeration systems assembled on a site
  • Be aware of the need for maintaining refrigeration systems and the consequence of poor maintenance.


  • Basic physics and thermodynamics of refrigeration.
  • The refrigeration cycle and the main components common to refrigeration systems.
  • Refrigeration Applications; Air-Conditioning, Heat Pumps, Process Cooling, Blast chilling, Cold Stores.
  • Chillers and secondary refrigeration systems.
  • Which refrigerant to use? Refrigerant flammability, toxicity, safety and environmental impact.
  • Refrigerant types, classification and legislation; the current and future cost of refrigerants.
  • Technical Standards, Guides and Codes of Practice for refrigeration systems.
  • Refrigeration systems assembled on a site: CE-Marking and the Pressure Equipment Directive
  • National Regulations for the use of refrigeration systems:  Safety health and Welfare at Work Regulations.
  • The Pressure Systems Regulations; keeping systems safe throughout their life.
  • Working safely with refrigerants: How refrigerants behave, detection systems, and use of PPE.
  • Risk Assessments, and safe access and escape from confined spaces with refrigeration equipment.
  • Efficiency of refrigeration systems – how energy is used and opportunities to save energy.
  • Useful resources and further information.


No prior knowledge of refrigeration specifics is required.

Who should Attend?

The course is intended for technical personnel whose work involves selecting, specifying, managing, installing or maintaining refrigeration or air-conditioning components, equipment or systems.

Trainer's profile

Declan Fitzmaurice is a chartered engineer and independent refrigeration consultant with 25 years of experience in both contracting and consulting for commercial and industrial refrigeration systems in Ireland, the UK and globally. He delivers CPD training for Engineers Ireland for the Pressure Systems Regulations and the Pressure Equipment Directive. He is the immediate past president of the Institute of Refrigeration Ireland and currently chairs the IRI Technical Committee. He holds F-Gas Handling and REAL Zero certification and sits on a number of EU Standards working groups.


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13 June 2019


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