To work and excel in this industry, you must have skills and experience in repairing, maintaining, and installing ductwork, electrical equipment, and controls in commercial and residential systems. While it is possible to learn on the job, completing formal employment is key to landing better employment opportunities as an HVAC contractor.
You can choose to sign up for an apprenticeship program that will take you three to five years to complete, an associate degree that will take two years, or take a certificate program for an entire year. The law also requires you to pass an EPA certification exam to ensure you are trained in the safe handling of refrigerant systems.
Next, you must get at least two years of work experience to qualify for a license. You can meet these requirements by working alongside master technicians and performing basic tasks in an entry-level position. Before the state grants you a license, they might require you to carry liability insurance and pass a criminal background check.
Advance your career and expand your pool of job opportunities by continuing your education by completing at least four hours of advanced learning. Professional associations are offering specialized courses which qualify you for license renewal.