Refrigeration equipment companies

The present processing time at Tukes for Certificates of Qualification and Notifications of Operation is approx. 30 days.

Qualification of personnel


1. The appointed responsible person and all installers and fitters working with refrigerants are obliged to apply to Tukes for a Certificate of Qualification, which is granted basing on certain training or exams. Please note: the qualification requirements are described here (in Finnish).

Please file the application with a copy of proof of attending to training described in the qualification requirements. If the application concerns an appointed responsible person, please include a report on work experience.

Please note: In the application for the Certificate of Qualification, the diploma or examination certificate must be clear on the scope of the degree and on the issuing body. Further vocational qualifications or parts of it are issued by the Examination Committee.

If the applicant fulfils the requirements for both the appointed responsible person and refrigeration fitter, it is advised to apply for both Certificates of Qualification simultaneously even if the other Certificate is currently not needed. A fee of 74€ is charged for every application disregarding the number of Certificates of Qualifications applied for.


For every applicant shall be filed a separate application for the Certificate of Qualification.


2. The relevant Certificate is mailed to the applicant, and the person is added to Tukes' qualification register.


The application for the Certificate of Qualification can be sent together with the notification of operation.


Notification of Operation by refrigeration equipment company

1. The company shall file a Notification of Operation with details of the appointed responsible person and of personnel working with installation, servicing and maintenance. If needed, you may use a separate attachment. Please include the required appendices (a list of tools or equipment used and an extract from the trade register or other equivalent register).

2. Tukes will add details of the operator and the appointed responsible person employed by the operator to the refrigeration equipment company register and confirm the notification by sending a certificate authorising them to operate as refrigeration contractors.

The Notification of Operation may be filed together with the application for Certificate of Qualification.


Please note: The certificate authorising operation as refrigeration equipment company shall not be granted if the operator cannot name an appointed responsible person and refrigeration fitter fulfilling the requirements laid down in the Finnish Decree on 452/2009 (text in Finnish). If the appointed responsible person works as a fitter, he or she must also fulfil the relevant qualification requirements laid down for fitters.

The qualification register and the refrigeration equipment company register (in Finnish) are available on Tukes' website.

The entrepreneur may be obliged to file a Notification of Operation due to legal requirements for another branch, e.g. due to electrical contracting.


Changes and termination of business
The entrepreneur must file a new Notification of Operation a maximum of three months after the appointed responsible person has been changed or there has been another kind of essential change in the business operations. Termination of the business shall also be reported to Tukes.