Do you want to help make Scottish homes safer? Study for an apprenticeship in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAR) and learn how to improve the quality of household appliances.   

Scotland’s HVAR industry covers fire prevention, energy management, air conditioning, pipework maintenance and hot and cold-water systems. This means you'll develop a variety of useful skills. Learn how to install complex heating systems in a hospital. Gain an understanding of how to create ventilation within a home. Develop construction engineering skills and work on a range of building projects 

The apprenticeship opens up a range of jobs Work as a maintenance engineer and help to fix broken heating systems. Become an industrial engineer and install fire safety devices for different businesses. Take up the role of a building services technician and work on construction site 

What's the qualification?

You will gain a qualification at SCQF level 6 or 7 in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigerationThe qualifications include:  

  • core units of aSVQ in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration at SCQF level 6 or 7 
  • a range of work experience in a practical industry  

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

During your apprenticeship, you'll learn how to:   

  • Install RAC systems and components 
  • Prepare and undertake pipe jointing 
  • Carry out safe electrical working practices 
  • Maintain RAC systems and components 
  • Apply health and safety and environmental legislation in the building services engineering sector  
  • Perform electrical work on mechanical building services systems 
  • Weld industrial and commercial heating and ventilating pipework  

You will develop the following core skills:   

  • Team work   
  • Problem-solving  
  • Numeracy  
  • Communication   
  • Time management    

These transferrable skills are useful for working in other jobs such as engineering and construction.  

Where could it take me?

This Modern Apprenticeship gives you a range of optionsCarry on your education with a degree in industrial design or graduate to a full-time job.  

Further education: Continue your studies with a bachelor’s degree in maintenance engineering or civil engineering. This could lead to a higher qualification like a Masters in product design. Your experience will support your university application.    

Straight to work: Use your qualifications and find a job in the industryAfter completing the apprenticeship, you could move onto jobs like:   

  • Civil engineer  
  • Maintenance engineer   
  • Estimator   
  • Building services technician  
  • Construction worker  
  • Electrical engineer 
  • Industrial designer   

Entry requirements

There are no set requirements for the apprenticeship. But it is useful to have practical knowledge of the HVAR industry.  


This Modern Apprenticeship will take around 3 years to complete.

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