Newsletter | March 2019





Training and assessment is now available in Spain for alternative refrigerants


Pictured right is the first REAL Alternatives Training course being delivered in Spain


Confederación Nacional de Instaladores  (CNI), the REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE National Lead for Spain, has licensed its first three Spanish Training Centres for the assessment and certification of technicians under this blended learning programme. The three training centres, DON BOSCO in Errenteria, SENFOASTUR in Oviedo and TIERRA de BARROS in Badajoz, are now ready to start offering REAL Alternatives courses. In order to gain their license and the right to issue certificates to technicians, the trainers at these centres had to undergo six hours of training and pass a theoretical and practical assessment on carbon dioxide and flammables in line with Spanish National legislation.

If you are interested in becoming a REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE approved centre, contact your National Lead.




Unprecedented interest in REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE webinars


 REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE hosted a webinar on flammable refrigerant training on 13 February 2019. Presented by Marco Buoni, it generated a lot of interest as over a 100 participants tuned in to hear how they could get involved with the project and benefit from offering REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE training courses. Another webinar on carbon dioxide hosted by Walter Reulens of UCL (University College of Limburg) is scheduled for 25 March 2019. Register here to find out more and book your place.




REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE invited to present at AREA General Meeting


The REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE team have been invited to the AREA General Meeting taking place in Bratislava from 3 to 4 May 2019 to present its work to AREA members. As the project gains momentum, this will be an ideal opportunity for AREA members, who are the trade associations and institutes representing RACHP installers throughout Europe, to find out more about how they can participate in REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE and the opportunities available for training providers in their county. 




About the project...



Industry groups are joining together to help provide information on the safe use of alternatives such as ammonia, hydrocarbon, carbon dioxide and low flammables though the REAL Alternatives learning programme.    Resources developed as part of the project offer innovative blended learning - a mix of e-learning, face-to-face training materials, practical exercises, assessments and an e-library of learning resources.

The free multi-lingual learning materials are available for individual development or use as classroom training materials. They include e-learning content, electronic tools, a comprehensive library gathered from existing resources.  The e-library contains over 100 useful industry resources.

The project is co-funded by the EU LIFE Programme for environmental initiatives.