The new facility, based at College Milton, East Kilbride, will offer the full range of Toshiba courses, covering theory and practical skills in installation, commissioning and trouble-shooting.
It will also provide refreshers on the recent changes to the F-gas regulations, and what those changes mean for contractors and end users in terms of the mandatory requirements on refrigerant leak tests, record keeping and certification of engineers.
The centre is equipped with working examples of air conditioning systems, including Toshiba’s SMMS mini-VRF, enabling delegates to receive a thorough grounding in the principles of variable refrigerant flow systems and related controls.
CDL now operates three dedicated air conditioning training centres, with the other facilities located in Sunderland and Warrington. It also runs courses from Toshiba’s national training centre in Leatherhead.
Under the direction of training manager Peter Bradley, the company now has capacity to train more than 200 engineers a year.
Its programme includes a mix of scheduled and ad hoc courses, arranged to meet the needs of customers. CDL also offers external training on customers’ premises, to maximise time effectiveness for busy installation and service departments.
Darrel Birkett, managing director, said: “We believe in investing in training, both for our own staff, our customers and for the industry as a whole. It is not just philanthropic but makes total business sense.
“One of the biggest constraints on the growth of the air conditioning industry is the availability of skilled engineers. As a successful and growing distributor, we have a responsibility to help grow the next generation, and make sure today’s staff are fully up-to-speed, on the technology, the environment and the regulations. That way everyone benefits.”
He added: “Toshiba have been extremely supportive, which has helped us roll-out the CDL training network in a fast-track programme.”