How To Become An HVAC Technician

Finding skilled workers to fill the growing vacancies is proving to be quite difficult, particularly in the plumbing and heating and cooling industries. By 2022, the worker deficit is expected to be 138,000 which will spike the employment opportunities to grow to by 14%. That means there will be a lot of qualified HVAC technicians missing from the workforce. Based on supply and demand, now is the perfect time to consider becoming an HVAC technician. Read on and explore the facts about becoming an HVAC technician.

What is HVAC?

Have you ever asked yourself, “What the heck does HVAC even mean?” And then, because you don’t know what it means, you wonder why you should even consider becoming an HVAC technician, right? HVAC is an acronym for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. It’s much easier to just say HVAC as opposed to going through the whole list there. Essentially, HVAC technicians work on all those systems in a building, both residential and commercial, and in certain types of vehicles, that keep the climate comfortable year round. The meaning and definition of HVAC is consistent across the United States and within the industrial sector but the certification qualifications may vary by state.  

What Do HVAC Technicians Do?

HVAC technicians provide service to residential and commercial buildings climate control systems: heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning units. The HVAC technician may be needed to repair, replace, or install the components that supply the heating and cooling to buildings. The HVAC technician must be certified and follow government regulations pertaining to the heating and cooling industry.

HVAC technicians are trained to use a variety of different work-related tools and equipment. They have a more traditional type of toolbox filled with the basics such screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, and hammers. More sophisticated tools that are part of the HVAC technicians work life are carbon monoxide testers, torches, combustion analyzers, and voltmeters. All of the tools and their workings will become second nature through training and experience. 

Work Skills Necessary To HVAC Technicians Success

If you were to visit all the job postings for HVAC technicians, employers list the traits they are looking for in their employees. To be successful in HVAC, you need part HVAC skills and part people skills because you are going to be interacting with people first and the HVAC parts that are broken next. Let’s break it down a bit.

  • Techie: HVAC technicians need to be able to decipher and understand blueprints, schematics, specs, and other technical data that goes along with repairing, maintaining, and installing HVAC equipment. They should also be computer literate and be able to use a variety of software programs. Not to mention, the processes of hot water heating, steam heating, air conditioning, and water cooling should be imprinted on their brains.
  • Trouble Shooter: Things happen. And an HVAC technician needs to be able to think and act quickly when issues arise. Whether it’s with having to take care of faulty equipment or issues that occur during a service call, a properly trained HVAC technician will have no troubles with their troubleshooting skills.
  • Talker: Okay, so maybe not a motormouth. There is such a thing as knowing when to be seen or heard. But, a successful HVAC technician should be able to communicate effectively with their supervisors, other technicians, and customers. Also, they need to be able to write as effectively as they speak because they’ll need to document service in reports, and in their customer instructions.
  • Training: HVAC technicians need to have a strong desire toward continuing their training and education. Whether they are trying to stay on trend with advancements in the industry, or pursuing opportunities to advance their career by taking more courses, HVAC technicians also need to be constant learners. Being up to date on industry safety standards is probably a good idea, too.

How Do I Become An HVAC Technician?

Wish it and it shall be. No, unfortunately, becoming an HVAC technician doesn’t work that way. There are four main steps to take if you want to become an HVAC technician.

  1. You must have your high school diploma or GED.
  2. Pass a very basic math test.
  3. Pass a drug screening.
  4. Have a valid driver’s license.
  5. Either attend a trade school or find a formal apprenticeship for HVAC.
  6. Get your license. Each state has different requirements.
  7. Get your EPA certifications.
  8. Get yourself a job as an HVAC technician!

Sounds fairly simply, doesn’t it? Let’s break it down a bit more. After you receive your high school diploma or GED, you have to either apply for an apprenticeship program or attend trade school. An apprenticeship program is a part paid, part training position that lasts between 3-5 years. You must have 2,000 experience/work hours plus 144 hours of coursework per apprenticeship year. It’s a great way to start earning money and learn a trade, at the same time. The best bet for apprenticeships is to apply through your local chapter of a trade organization. Some examples would be Air Conditioning Contractors of America, Mechanical Contractors Association of America, Sheet Metal Workers International Association, and the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association. Through these apprenticeship programs, you’ll be learning how to read and use blueprints, best job safety practices, the use and care of the tools, and ventilation and air-conditioning system designs.

While doing an apprenticeship is certainly a viable option, unless it’s through a trade organization, it’s becoming less popular because more employers are leaning towards hiring HVAC technicians that have been trained through a trade school or community college. Trade schools take six months before you can get your certificate while community colleges will take two years. In both instances, you’ll take courses in classrooms, as well as be exposed to hand-on, practical learning. It’s a very well-rounded education where you’ll learn the fundamentals of electricity, the properties of gas, solid fuel and oil boilers, furnaces, ducts and piping, work-site safety practices, and control systems.

How Long Is HVAC School And How Much Does It Cost?

Education

Length of Training

Cost of School

Licensing Fee

Certification Fee

Apprenticeship

3-5 years

$500-$2,000/yr

$75-$300

$155-$205

Trade School

Minimum of 6 months

$1,200-$15,000

$75-$300

$155-$205

Community College

Up to 2 years

$15,000-$35,000

$75-$300

$155-$205

Some states will require you to have completed an apprenticeship or have 2-5 years worth of work experience before you can be licensed. There is also an additional certification that the Environmental Protection Agency requires if you’re handling refrigerants and that would be an additional $40-$240.

The reason for the price discrepancies for the education, licensing, and certification costs is due to varying requirements and regulations for each state. Financial aid may be available and options should be discussed with the financial aid department of the institution you’ll be attending. Check our complete financial aid guide here.

What Type of Courses Will I Take In HVAC School?

There are a couple different options when it comes to getting your HVAC technician degree or diploma. You can do a hybrid program which is both online and through a school, or there is the traditional attending classes on a campus, either a community college or trade school, your choice. Most programs, however, consist of fairly similar courses.

If you are still in high school and are considering HVAC for your future career, load up on math, physics, chemistry, shop, mechanical drawing, and any other courses your high school may offer that makes sense.

Common HVAC Courses:

  • Principles of refrigerations: Students learn the basics and applications of refrigeration systems, along with the chemical and physical laws of refrigeration.
  • Residential gas heating: This course teaches students about gas-fired appliances, along with troubleshooting and repairs of the systems.
  • HVAC building systems: Here the students will learn how to design and construct comfort control/climate control systems for commercial buildings.
  • Load calculations for heating and cooling systems: Mathematics is a key principle when it comes to effectively heating and cooling a building of any size. This course will teach students how to apply sizing calculations to climate control.
  • Other courses: Theory, design, electronics, and equipment construction, how to use and care for commonly used tools, on the job safety, how to read blueprints, and the theory and design behind all HVAC equipment.

HVAC Licensing Requirements 

Licensing is required in order for HVAC technicians to work. It proves to the employers and to customers that you’ve been properly trained for the job. In order to become licensed, you must attend some sort of training, whether it’s through an apprenticeship, a trade school, or a community college. Once your formal education has been completed, you will take the knowledge-based licensing exam. The test content and length varies by state, as well as testing location. The exam will test you on every aspect of HVAC installation and repairs. All HVAC technicians who work with refrigerants are required to take a licensing exam called the Section 608 Technician Certification. Also, if you choose to work as an HVAC contractor, there is another test you’ll need to take, as well.

The licensing exam is given through the International Code Council. Each state has its own location where the exam is given.

There are a few requirements necessary to be eligible to get your HVAC technician license once you’ve completed your training:

  • You must be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • You must be fluent in English
  • You must have four years of warm heating experience

 HVAC Certifications And Why You Should Become Certified

Certification is extremely different than licensing. The license proves you’ve successfully completed your training and have the basic knowledge and skills to effectively do your job as an HVAC technician. Certifications, on the other hand, are a step or three above the licensing aspect. With certifications, you prove you have broadened your HVAC horizons and you can choose to specialize in a few areas.  

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires anyone handling refrigerants to be certified. Which means all HVAC technicians must have, at the very minimum, the EPA 608 Certification so that they can legally do the bare-bone essentials of their trade, as well as the nationally recognized NATE Certification, and the elite Excellence Certification.

Within the EPA 608 Certification, there are four levels.

  • Type 1 allows an HVAC tech to handle small appliances that contain less than 5 pounds of refrigerants (like a refrigerator).
  • Type 2 will allow the HVAC professional to deal with high pressure refrigerants.
  • Type 3 allows the handling of low pressure refrigerants.
  • Universal will include all three: Type 1, 2, and 3.

North American Technician Excellence (NATE) Certification: This is one of the highest achievements for HVAC professionals. The NATE Certification is not required however it’s nationally recognized and highly respected. The NATE Certification is obtained through an exam and can be earned in areas such as air-conditioning, air distribution, and gas furnaces.

HVAC Excellence Certification: To be eligible to earn the Professional level HVAC Excellence Certification, you must have a minimum of 2 years on-the-job experience and pass the knowledge-based exam. You can also receive a Master level HVAC Excellence Certification. There is a minimum of 3 working years required before you can take portion of the knowledge-based exam.

The more certifications you have under your worker belt, the more desireable of a hireable employee you make yourself! Certifications give you even more work credibility because it reinforces to employers and clients that, not only do you know your stuff, but you know it exceptionally well. And, it gives all involved a sense of security that the work is in outstandingly capable hands.

How Much Do HVAC Technicians Make?

HVAC is considered to be one of the best-paid skilled labor careers. As of May 2015, the median pay, or the collected average of all HVAC technicians, is $45,110. Entry level, or the lower 10% earned $27,790 while the top 10%, the HVAC technician’s who have years of experience behind them, made an annual salary of $71,690. Again, these numbers are the average. Salaries vary by location and industry so your paycheck could vary greatly from the national average. HVAC apprentices earn about half of what their experienced worker counterparts make. But, the more the apprentice learns and gains in terms of experience, the more they will make.

Most HVAC technicians work a full-time position and their work schedule could vary based on their employer.

5 Top Paying States For HVAC Technicians

State

Hourly Wage

Annual Salary

District of Columbia

$31.89

$66,320

Alaska

$30.56

$63,560

Hawaii

$28.91

$60,120

New Jersey

$27.74

$57,690

Massachusetts

$27.63

$57,470

Top Paying Industries for HVAC Technicians

Industry

Average Hourly Wage

Average Annual Salary

Other Informational Services

$35.72

$74,290

Educational Support Services

$34.03

$70,790

Aerospace Products and Parts

$33.51

$69,700

Publishing Companies

$33.17

$68,990

Natural Gas Distribution

$32.71

$68,040

What Is The Job Outlook For HVAC Technicians?

Employment growth for HVAC technicians is going to be much faster than most other occupations, at 14% through 2024. Why? Because of two things. One, the construction rate of both residential and commercial buildings is increasing. And two, climate-control technology is becoming more sophisticated which will increase the demand for HVAC technicians skilled enough to work on all those newfangled devices.

Industries With The Highest Level Of Employment For HVAC

Industry

% of Industry Employment

Salary

Building Equipment Contractors

10.35%

$45,970

Direct Selling

6.84%

$49,770

Supply Merchant Wholesale

3.22%

$51,730

Machinery/Equipment

3.05%

$51,420

College/University/Professional Schools

.18%

$51,110

Our country is short-handed in skilled HVAC technicians. We need YOU! HVAC careers are plentiful and if you’re willing to put in the time and become licensed and certified as an HVAC technician, you should have no problem finding your dream position.

HVAC Licensing Requirements By State

License

Limitations

Fees

Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor License

-

An inactive license is $82.50 and testing fees range from $150.00 - $350.00.

General Contractor License

Must have license if job is over 20,000

$300 dollar application and license fee, $200 dollar Renewal Fee

Refrigerations License

-

An inactive license is $82.50 and testing fees range from $150.00 - $350.00

Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor License
How You Qualify
Alabama has two classes of licenses, Heating and Air Conditioning and/or Refrigeration both active licenses are $165.00 initial fee and $165.00 annual renewal. You may also acquire a license through reciprocity with certain states or through grandfathering until 2011

General Contractor License
How You Qualify
Submit application. Submit Financial Statement. Experience and inventory questionnaire done by CPA and have proper insurance

Refrigeration License
How You Qualify
Heating and Air Conditioning and/or Refrigeration both active licenses are $165.00 initial fee and $165.00 annual renewal. You may also acquire a license through reciprocity with certain states or through grandfathering until 2011.

License

Limitations

Fees

Mechanical Contractor License

Check with state for details

$30 application fee. $225 license fee.

Mechanical Contractor License
How You Qualify
Submit evidence of insurance, liability and workers comp, surety bond of $5,000  required

License

Limitations

Fees

General Contractor Commercial

Commercial Specialty Contractors License

.Four years of practical experience two of which in the last ten years, submit financial statement, must not have had a license refused or revoked within a year prior, pass exam on building, safety, health and lien laws of the state. Pass trade exam. $400 annual license fee

Residential Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractor including solar C-39

Residential Work

$200 annual fee, $300 recovery fee

General Contractor Commercial
How You Qualify
Categories - Air Conditioning and Refrigeration L-39, Commercial and Industrial Refrigeration L49, Comfort Heating Ventilation and Evaporative Cooling L-58, Air and Refrigeration with solar L-79

Residential Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractor including solar C-39
How You Qualify
Four years of practical experience two of which in the last ten years, submit financial statement must not have had a license refused or revoked within a year prior, pass exam on building, safety, health and lien laws of the state. Pass trade exam.

License

Limitations

Fees

Mechanical Contractor License

License Required to bid on jobs of 20,000 or more

$100 filing fee, $100  renewal fee

Mechanical Contractor License
How You Qualify
Must have five years experience, must pass licensure exam, process a 10,000 dollar surety bond and have a business net worth of 20,000 dollars

License

Limitations

Fees

Speciality Contractors Class C

40 different classifications, check with board for details

$150 initial fee, $200 renewal fee.

Specialty Contractors Class C
How You Qualify
Must have four years experience, as a journeyman, foreman or supervisor. Must have $2,500 worth of operating capital. Must have insurance,  a bond in the amount of five thousand,  pass a law and business exam and then pass exam for specific classification

There are no State license requirements for Colorado.

License

Limitations

Fees

Unlimited Heating Cooling Contractors License S-1, Limited journeyman's license, unlimited journeyman's license, limited heating cooling license, apprentice permit.

Check for details

$70 application, $150 renewal fee

Unlimited Heating Cooling Contractors License S-1, Limited journeyman's license, unlimited journeyman's license, limited heating cooling license, apprentice permit.
How You Qualify
Good character, must have an eighth grade education, must have two years on the job experience, pass state exam

License

Limitations

Fees

Contractors License

A license is required for Contractors or Subcontractors working in the construction industry

$50 license fee

Contractors License
How You Qualify
Proof of Insurance, need to be bonded, Must obtain a Delaware contractors business license. Out of state contractors must provide a statement of contracts or have an office or residence inside the state. Must have bond equal to six percent or more of jobs equaling 20,000 or more.

License

Limitations

Fees

State Certified Class A

Can work anywhere in the state

$355 examination fee, $125 certification fee, $125 biennial renewal fee

State Registered Class A

Can only work in local areas where local requirements are met, can work on any size unit

$100 registration fee, $100 renewal fee

State Certified Class B

Can work anywhere in the state Must have workers comp, must pass exam, must meet other educational or on the job requirements, class B is limited to 20 tons of cooling and 500,000 BTU of heating on any system.

$354 examination fee

State Registered Class B

Can only work in local areas where local requirements are met, class B is limited to 20 tons of cooling and 500,000 BTU of heating on any system

$100 registration fee, $100 renewal fee

State Certified Class A
How You Qualify
Must have workers comp, must pass exam, must meet other educational or on the job requirements.

State Registered Class A 
How You Qualify
Must contact local governments for details.

State Certified Class B
How You Qualify
Must be 18, meet one of the following criteria, (1) must have a four year accredited degree in appropriate field also have one year of experience or 2000 hours of service, (2) four years of active experience, pass state exam

State Registered Class B
How You Qualify
Must contact local government for details, some are different from others, after local requirements are met, a license may be applied for.

License

Limitations

Fees

Class ll Air Contractors License

system size is unlimited for this license

$29 app fee, $56 exam fee

Class l Air Contractors License

Restricted to 175,000 BTU of heating and 60,000 BTU of cooling with this license

$29 dollar app fee, 56 dollar exam fee

Class ll Air Contractors License
How You Qualify
3 years experience is required. Pass Class ll exam

Class l Air Contractors License
How You Qualify
3 years experience  is required, pass class ll exam

License

Limitations

Fees

Contractors License Class B

Classes, Refrigeration C-40, Ventilating and Air Conditioning C-52

$50 business and law exam. $50 trade exam fee


Contractors License Class B
How You Qualify
Proof of Insurance, Must have four years of supervised licensed experience, pass exams

No state license required for Idaho Contractors

No State License is required for Illinois contractors. Check local requirements

License

Limitations

Fees

Specialty Contractors Class C

40 different classifications, check with board for details

$150 initial fee. $200 renewal fee


Specialty Contractors Class C
How You Qualify
Must have four years experience, as a journeyman, foreman or supervisor, must have $2,500  worth of operating capital, must have insurance, must have bond in the amount of five thousand, must pass law and business exam and then pass exam for specific classification

License

Limitations

Fees

General Contractor Registration

Any construction contractor in the state of Iowa, must be registered with the Iowa Division of Labor

$25 registration fee


General Contractor Registration
How You Qualify
Have an Iowa employer account number, submit certificate of insurance listing the Division of Labor as the certificate holder for workers compensation coverage.



Contractors Must register with Dept. of Revenue Robert B. Docking State Bldg. - Topeka KS. 66625 - Phone: (877) 526-7738}

No State License is required for Kentucky Contractors.

License

Limitations

Fees

Mechanical Contractors License

License is required for jobs of 50,000 or more, no license is required for residential contractors, Class includes heating, air conditioning, ventilation, duct work and refrigeration

$100 license fee, $95 additional classification fee, $400 non resident surcharge


Mechanical Contractors License
How You Qualify
Submit references from licensed contractor, submit audited financial statement showing net worth of $10,000. Pass exam on basic construction, have insurance

No state license required for Maine Contractors.

License

Limitations

Fees

Master Contractor License

Can perform any HVAC services

-

Master Restricted Contractor License

Can perform only specific services in one area or category

-

Limited Contractor License

Able to maintain or repair all HVAC areas

-

Journeyman License

Able to maintain or repair all HVAC areas only under direction of a contractor

-

Apprentice License

Able to assist only under direction of  a contractor

-

Master Contractor License
How You Qualify
Holders of Anne Arundel or Prince George's County license do not have to take exam, contractors providing services for five or more years can get a license without an exam and out of state HVAC license holders can become licensed without taking exam.

Master Restricted Contractor License
How You Qualify
Holders of Anne Arundel or Prince George's County license do not have to take exam, contractors providing services for five or more years can get a license without an exam and out of state HVAC license holders can become licensed without taking exam

Limited Contractor License
How You Qualify
Holders of Anne Arundel or Prince George's County license do not have to take exam, contractors providing services for five or more years can get a license without an exam and out of state HVAC license holders can become licensed without taking exam


Journeyman License
How You Qualify
Must be an apprentice for three years

Apprentice License
How You Qualify
All employees who do hands on work must obtain this license

License

Limitations

Fees

Contractor License

Must obtain license for any unit 10 tons or over

$150 exam fee

Refrigeration Technician

Must obtain license for any unit 10 tons or over

$75 exam fee

Trainee License

Must obtain license for any unit 10 tons or over

$20 fee no exam required


Contractor License
How You Qualify
Must own a contracting business and have four years experience

Refrigeration Technician
How You Qualify
Have at least three years experience and pass exam

Trainee License
How You Qualify
Must be 18 years of age and in an apprenticeship program

License

Limitations

Fees

Mechanical Contractor License

Can work throughout the state

$75 fee


Mechanical Contractor License
How You Qualify
Three years work experience, good moral character, pass two written exams

No state license required for Minnesota Contractors. Except for residential builders, City of Minneapolis requires licensing of HVAC installers.

License

Limitations

Fees

Certificate of Responsibility

Certificate Required for public jobs over 50,000, private projects over 100,000, under 7,500 square feet and one to two stories in height.

$100 application fee, $50 additional classification fee, $50 exam fee


Certificate of Responsibility
How You Qualify
Financial statement by a CPA must be submitted, assets must include a net worth of $20,000 out of state contractors must qualify with the secretary of state and pass a construction exam

No state license required for Missouri Contractors

No state licensing for HVAC Contractors

License

Limitations

Fees

Air Conditioning Heating Contractor

Can work throughout the state

$30 application fee. $20 registration fee


Air Conditioning Heating Contractor
How You Qualify
Must have three years of experience. Pass exam

License

Limitations

Fees

Specialty Contractor License

Heating cooling and circulating air, subclass C1 of classification C-1: Plumbing and Heating

$270 application fee. $40 management fee exam


Specialty Contractor License
How You Qualify
Four years experience, post bond depending on job size, pass management exam

No state license required

No state licensing for New Jersey Contractors. Check local jurisdiction

License

Limitations

Fees

Mechanical Contractor License

Can work throughout state

$30 application fee. $30 exam fee


Mechanical Contractor License
How You Qualify
Must be 18, complete four years of experience in last 10 years.

No state licensed is required

License

Limitations

Fees

Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor

Need license for jobs of $45,000 or more

$100 exam fee,$25 to $50 license fee


Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor
How You Qualify
Must be experienced, pass written exam or oral exam

License

Limitations

Fees

Contractors License

License is needed for jobs exceeding $500 

-


Contractors License
How You Qualify
Provide experience and qualifications, must have insurance, $1000 or $2000 bond must be posted. Must pass an exam, bonding requirement

No state license required

License

Limitations

Fees

Contractors License

-

$25 exam fee


Contractors License
How You Qualify
Employee license required, three years experience. Pass examination

License

Limitations

Fees

Restricted Energy Contractor

Must have two years experience in HVAC

$125 license fee

Restricted Energy Contractor
How You Qualify
Contractors must maintain a list for the electrical board of all employees

No state license required

License

Limitations

Fees

Residential Building Contractor/Subcontractor

Limited to Residential work

$60 license fee

Refrigeration Mechanic Master License

Employee license

-

Refrigeration Mechanic Journeyman's License

Employee license

-

Air Conditioning Mechanic Master License

Employee license

-

Air Conditioning Mechanic Journeyman's License

Employee license

-

Residential Building Contractor/Subcontractor
How You Qualify
Must know building codes and know proper trade practices, must carry adequate insurance coverage

Refrigeration Mechanic Master License
How You Qualify
Four years experience working as a registered apprentice for a licensed mechanic, pass exam

Air Conditioning Mechanic Master License
How You Qualify
Hold journeyman's license for one year and complete 10,000 hours(471 days) of related experience. Pass written exam

Air Conditioning Mechanic Journeyman's License
How You Qualify
Four years experience working as an apprentice for a licensed mechanic. Pass written exam.

License

Limitations

Fees

Mechanical Contractor License Air Conditioning Class

Required for jobs of 17,500 or more

$110 application fee, 120 annual license fee


Mechanical Contractor License Air Conditioning Class
How You Qualify
Submit financial statement, showing minimum net worth based on value of contracts bid on, if contract exceeds 250,000 meet bonding requirements

No state license required

License

Limitations

Fees

Mechanical Contractor

Check state for details

$150 application, $45 exam fee, $100 renewal fee


Mechanical Contractor
How You Qualify
Must submit financial statement, proving that a job over $25,000 is not currently being done. Pass exams

License

Limitations

Fees

Class A license

Can install repair and alter equipment of any size

$100 exam fee. $150 license fee

Class B license

Can install repair and alter equipment up to 25 tons cooling capacity, and no more than 1.5 million BTU per hours output heating capacity

$100 exam fee. $150 license fee


Class A License
How You Qualify
Three years experience, within last five years or a degree in air conditioning or mechanical engineering. Pass exam

Class B License
How You Qualify
Three years experience within last five years or a degree in air conditioning or mechanical engineering. Pass exam

License

Limitations

Fees

Specialty Contractors License

Statewide, commercial and residential

$200 license fee, $45 business exam, $50 trade exam fee


Specialty Contractors License
How You Qualify
Request monetary limit for work being carried out at any given time, carry minimum liability insurance, and pass open book exam on Utah business and law on specified trade.

No state license required

License

Limitations

Fees

Contractors Class A HVAC

Class A for jobs of 70,000 or more

$135 application fee. $50 exam fee

Contractor Class B HVAC

Class B for jobs 70,000 or more

$115 application fee, $40 exam fee


Contractors Class A HVAC
How You Qualify
Must carry insurance, have a net worth of 45,000 or more

Contractor Class B HVAC
How You Qualify
Must carry insurance, have a net worth of 15,000 or more



License

Limitations

Fees

Specialty Contractor License

All contractors must be registered

$40 registration fee

Specialty Contractor License
How You Qualify
Must carry insurance and post bond

License

Limitations

Fees

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractor License

-

$50 application fee. $20 license fee

Master Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic License

-

$10 application fee. $10 license fee. $20 exam fee. $70 annual renewal fee

Master Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic Limited License

-

$10 application fee, $10 license fee, $20 exam fee, $70 annual renewal fee

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractor License
How You Qualify
Business must be conducted by a person holding a master refrigeration or a master air conditioning mechanical license.

Master Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic License
How You Qualify
Five years experience installing, repairing, replacing air conditioners larger than 25 compressor horsepower, or equivalent tons in refrigeration, post five thousand dollar bond, and pass written exam

Master Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic Limited License
How You Qualify
Five years experience installing, repairing, replacing air conditioners larger than 25 compressor horsepower, or equivalent tons in refrigeration, post five thousand dollar bond, and pass written exam


License

Limitations

Fees

HVAC Contractor License

Check with state

$100 application fee, $40 business exam fee, $40 trade exam fee, $100 renewal fee


HVAC Contractor License
How You Qualify
Check state board

 

No state license required

No state license required

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