Restricted Refrigerant Recoverer Licence

If you want to recover refrigerant (fluorocarbon) from end-of-life decommissioned refrigeration and air conditioning equipment you must hold at least a Restricted Refrigerant Recoverer licence (RRRL) issued by the ARC.

You can get a RRRL for the following purposes:

  • Recovery from stationary systems only (e.g. home air conditioners, refrigerators)
  • Recovery from automotive air conditioning systems only
  • Recovery from both automotive and stationary systems

A business with employees licensed to recover, store and dispose of fluorocarbon refrigerant will require a Restricted Refrigerant Trading Authorisation - read more.

How to obtain a Restricted Refrigerant Recoverer Licence

  1. Make sure you are appropriately licensed to do the training
    • As training for the RRRL involves handling refrigerant, you will need a Trainee Restricted Refrigerant Recoverer Licence. Click here to apply
  2. Locate a 'licensed assessor' to help you with training and assessment:
    • For RRRL (stationary) applicants a licensed assessor is someone who has:
      • Full refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) licence with the ARC; or
      • RRRL (stationary) holder
    • For RRRL (automotive) applicants a licensed assessor is someone who has:
      • Full automotive air conditioning licence with the ARC; or
      • RRRL (automotive) holder
    • For RRRL (auto & stationary) applicants a licensed assessor is someone who has:
      • Full refrigeration and air conditioning licence with an Auto endorsement; or
      • A Full RAC licence holder and a Full Auto licence holder; or
      • RRRL (stationary and auto) holder
    • If there is no licensed person in your workplace, you could approach another licensed operator, a recovery unit supplier or manufacturer, a local training provider or visit www.lookforthetick.com.au
  3. Complete training
    • Read the training manual or watch the video below
    • Practice recovering refrigerant under supervision of a licensed person
  4. Assessments
    • Knowledge Assessment (multiple choice)
    • Practical assessment:
      • For RRRL (stationary) applicants - stationary practical assessment
      • For RRRL (auto) applicants - auto practical assessment
      • For RRRL (auto & stationary) applicants - auto and stationary practical assessment
  5. Apply for RRRL
    • Apply online here. You will need to submit your successfully completed knowledge assessment and practical assessment, signed by the assessor.

* If you have the AURSS00022 Vehicle Recovery Skills Set, you are eligible for the RRRL (auto) licence without having to complete the training and assessment above.

Applicants and Assessors - Downloads

  • Instruction booklet: Main training booklet, including all the information required for the practical assessment.
  • Information for Applicants: Includes information on refrigerant recovery assessment, guidelines and knowledge assessment questions.
  • Applicants - access the online Knowledge Assessment. (Access requires licence login details)
  • Assessors - download the assessment materials. (Access requires licence login details)

Training Video

This video describes the procedure for recovering fluorocarbon refrigerant from stationary and automotive RAC equipment using a recovery unit. You can also view it and other instructional videos at our Youtube channel.