Apurupa Gorthi, Shikha Bhasin, Vaibhav Chaturvedi
July 2020 | Sustainable Cooling
Suggested citation: Gorthi, Apurupa, Shikha Bhasin, and Vaibhav Chaturvedi. 2020. Safety, Upskilling, and Good Servicing Practices for Cooling: Standardising Training for Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Technicians. New Delhi: Council on Energy, Environment and Water.
This issue brief explores how India’s refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) servicing sector can standardise training curricula by adopting a common code, the National Occupational Standards (NOS). The India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP) has identified the standardisation of training and a skill certification as two immediate steps to be taken for developing the servicing sector. The brief proposes four priority areas for framing NOSs for training programmes. It also undertakes a first-of-its-kind assessment of five chosen government training programmes. It evaluates whether these programmes have included the four priority areas in their curricula for RAC service technicians. Furthermore, it offers policy recommendations for the standardisation of RAC servicing curricula.
The five notable government-run training programmes evaluated are:
Four steps for creating National Occupational Standards for a training programme by the Sector Skill Councils
Source: Authors’ compilation based on documentation by the National Skill Development Council (NSDC nd)
The proposed priority areas for training under India’s mandate for refrigerant transition and the need to up-skill technicians in the servicing sector are:
The proposed NOS for training curricula are:
Five-point value proposition from standardisation of servicing sector training programmes