Voorwaarden

To be recognised as a refrigeration technician, you must fulfil:

  • general recognition conditions ((opent in nieuw venster)) that apply to all recognitions relating to the environment
    • in the 3 years that precede the application for the Flemish recognition certificate, the applicant has not been convicted of a criminal offence in a member state of the European Economic Area, for infringements of the environmental legislation concerning the use of the recognition.
    • in the 2 years that precede the application for the Flemish recognition certificate, no recognition with the same object was revoked due to infringement of the obligations associated with that recognition.
  • special recognition conditions:
    • be a natural person
    • hold a European certificate as refrigeration technician (certificate of competence in refrigeration of category I, II, III or IV) issued by a recognised training centre after you have passed the associated examinations.

If you already hold a European certificate as a refrigeration technician

If you already have a European certificate as a refrigeration technician, you can also obtain the Flemish recognition. You must register with the Flemish administration before starting to work in the Flemish Region. This requirement applies to technicians who:

  • have obtained a European certificate outside the Flemish Region
  • have obtained a European certificate in the Flemish Region, but do not have a Flemish recognition certificate.

Validity period and obligations

The recognition is valid for an indefinite period. As a recognised technician, you must meet a number of obligations to retain your recognition:

More info on the obligations for recognised technicians (in het Nederlands) ((opent in nieuw venster)) can be found on the Department of Environment and Spatial Development website.

Procedure

If you do not yet have a European certificate as a refrigeration technician

Anyone wishing to work as a refrigeration technician in the Flemish Region and who does not yet hold a European certificate, must pass an examination at a recognised training centre. You can find the recognised training centres in the overview lists of recognised persons (in het Nederlands) ((opent in nieuw venster)) (select ‘opleidingscentra technici koeltechniek’ in the search module).

Those who pass the examination receive a European certificate (certificate of competence in refrigeration, category I, II, III or IV) and a Flemish recognition certificate.

See the website of the Department of Environment and Spatial Development for:

If you already hold a European certificate as a refrigeration technician

If you have obtained the European certificate but not yet the Flemish recognition, you must register via the online recognition desk of the Department of Environment and Spatial Development ((opent in nieuw venster)) (click on “Ga naar het erkenningenloket”; log in with eID).

If you do not have a Belgian eID, you should submit your application by registered letter to Departement Omgeving, Koning Albert II-laan 20/bus 8, 1000 Brussel, to the attention of Team Erkenningen, Afdeling GOP.

Attach the following data to your notification:

  • a copy of the European certificate in Dutch, French, German or English
  • the identification details of the technician:
    • first and last name
    • the national register number, or if the technician does not have a national register number: date and place of birth, home address and date from which the technician has resided at that address
    • the telephone number and the e-mail address of the technician
    • the name and the company registration number of the company where the technician works. If the company does not have a registration number, you should submit the address of the head office and the company VAT number.

Bedrag

As a recognised refrigeration technician, you must pay the annual fee (in het Nederlands) for the supervision of the recognition. You will receive an invoice for this by post at the start of the calendar year in your name at your official address.

  • For 2022 the annual fee amounts to EUR 30.
  • That amount is index-adjusted every year.

Wetgeving

Flemish regulation on environmental recognitions (VLAREL).

  • Laatst gewijzigd op 09/11/2021
  • Deelnemend netwerk
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