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
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
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
Read the training manual or watch the video below
Practice recovering refrigerant under supervision of a licensed person
Knowledge Assessment (multiple choice)
For RRRL (stationary) applicants - stationary practical assessment
For RRRL (auto) applicants - auto practical assessment
For RRRL (auto & stationary) applicants - auto and stationary practical assessment
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 current AURSS00045 Vehicle Recovery Skills Set or the previous 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.
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.