Progressing through the Membership Levels

 

 

Apprentice/student

 

Experience

 

Receiving instruction in relevant subjects.

Minimum Qualifications

 

Must be EITHER a registered apprentice (FÁS/NVQ) working within refrigeration / air conditioning company OR a registered student in a relevant discipline.


Affiliate

 

Experience

 

Active interest in refrigeration or air conditioning.

Minimum Qualifications

 

Academic / professional qualifications are not required for this grade of membership.

 

Continuing Professional Development

 

CPD is not required for this grade.


Associate

 

Experience

 

  • Employed in a service, install, technical engineering or sales engineering capacity within the refrigeration / air-conditioning sector for less than FIVE years post qualification.
  • Employed in a full- time position within the refrigeration / air-conditioning sector for at least TEN years.
Minimum Qualifications

 

Must have a FAS National Craft Certificate / NVQ Qualification / equivalent OR a Higher Diploma / Degree in a relevant discipline, e.g., Refrigeration, Building Services / Mechanical / Electrical Engineering.

 

Continuing Professional Development

 

The CPD Guidelines specify a recommended minimum number of 30 CPD hours to be achieved by members of each grade. Members who want to progress to a higher grade of membership will be required to achieve the recommended minimum above in addition to meeting a number of other criteria relating to qualifications and experience.


Member

 

Experience

 

  • Employed in a service, install, technical engineering or sales engineering capacity within the refrigeration / air conditioning sector for at least FIVE years (post qualification) in a position of responsibility.
  • Employed in a full- time position of responsibility within the refrigeration / air conditioning sector for at least TEN years.
Minimum Qualifications

 

Must have a FAS National Craft Certificate / NVQ Qualification / equivalent OR a Higher Diploma / Degree in a relevant discipline, e.g., Refrigeration, Building Services / Mechanical / Electrical Engineering.

 

Continuing Professional Development

 

The CPD Guidelines specify a recommended minimum number of 30 CPD hours to be achieved by members of each grade. Members who want to progress to a higher grade of membership will be required to achieve the recommended minimum above in addition to meeting a number of other criteria relating to qualifications and experience.


Certified Member

 

Experience

 

Employed in service sector or sales capacity within the RAC sector for a minimum of 10 years (post qualification) in position of responsibility.

 

Minimum Qualifications

 

Must have a higher education diploma or degree. This can be an unrelated discipline.

Continuing Professional Development

 

The CPD Guidelines specify a recommended minimum number of 30 CPD hours to be achieved by members of each grade. Certified members should have at least TWO years at this level. Members who want to progress to a higher grade of membership will be required to achieve the recommended minimum above in addition to meeting a number of other criteria relating to qualifications and experience.


Fellow

 

This grade of membership is only available to existing members of the Institute. It is anticipated that a Fellow will have made a significant contribution to the industry over the last twenty years. The minimum qualifying experience may be reduced for individual members that have attained relevant postgraduate qualifications.


Honorary

 

This grade of membership will be awarded only at the discretion of the Council.