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Approved Filler and Approved Handler Test Certificate Training

Trainer Profiles

All Refrigerant License New Zealand Trainers are experienced industry practitioners and have been through an independent assessment process to become one of our trainers. They all hold current Approved Filler and / or Handler Test Certificates as well as various industry qualifications as outlined in their profiles.


Keith Bannister, Downer EDI Engineering Limited, HVAC Electrician

With more than 24 years HVAC&R industry experience including: PPM and reactive maintenance; project management; design; technical sales and support, Keith has worked extensively on VRV equipment, water-chillers and supermarket refrigeration rack systems, in addition to large commercial heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment. City and Guilds Parts 1, 2 & 3 - Refrigeration and Air-conditioning qualified, Keith is IQP Registered and also a NZ Registered Electrician.


Colin Booth - Hazardous Substances Compliance Logistics Manager, Australia and New Zealand, Beijer Ref.

With ten years HVAC&R experience, Colin is currently Hazardous Substances Compliance Logistics Manager for Beijer Ref.  Colin is also responsible for administering the Patton/Recovery New Zealand refrigerant recovery programme, Colin is also responsible for registration and importing of recovery cylinders for sale by Patton.



John Bowen - Consultant

Having worked within the HVAC&R industry for 50 years, John’s qualifications include: Trade Certificate Refrigeration; Advanced Trade Certificate Refrigeration; Trade Certificate Electrical Appliance Servicing; and Diploma in Air Conditioning System Design. John has been actively involved in many industry entities having been President NZIRACE, President IRHACE and Chairman RACCA at various times. John is the current Chairperson for Refrigerant Recovery New Zealand. John has over 40 years in the design and application of refrigeration and air conditioning systems and is an experienced industry trainer through his management of the “Train the Trainers” refrigeration courses in 13 Pacific Island countries and Trainer of the “Train the Trainers” refrigeration courses in four Pacific Island countries.


Deirdre Johns - Retail Refrigeration Fitout Manager, South Island

Deirdre has over 17 years HVAC&R experience and has completed Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Diploma and Advanced Trade; a Sales and Marketing Diploma and EECA Energy and Efficiency Courses. Deirdre started her career in the industry working for a wholesaler: counter sales, unit sizing, parts ordering and room design. Deidre completed her apprenticeship focusing on commercial and domestic refrigeration and air-conditioning. She has also worked in controls design and sales. Deirdre has been a Refrigeration Tutor at SIT and is the immediate Past President of IRHACE.


Rod Pola - Director, Pola Air

With 25 years within the HVAC&R industry, Rod is a Trade Certified Refrigeration engineer and Fujitsu accredited. Rod’s industry experience includes: working on HVAC BMS systems in Europe; he has a mobile service engineer in London; and serviced various refrigeration systems in the goldmines of Western Australia. Rod is currently running his own company, looking after farm refrigeration in South Waikato and Bay of Plenty.



Paul Phillips - Refrigeration Tutor, Manukau Institute of Technology




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