HVAC License Guide for Every State in 2022

HVAC License Guide for Every State in 2022

Every state in the U.S. is a little different when it comes to what’s required to attain an HVAC license. This includes differences in cost and who issues the license in each state.

Some states allow transferring a license from other states, this is called reciprocity. Others require licensed HVAC professionals from other states to start fresh and apply for a unique license for that state. Every state is a little different, that’s why we created this guide.

This complete guide will provide:

  • A quick reference list of every U.S. state’s requirements
  • A link to each state’s issuing body for an HVAC license
  • Testing requirements to receive an HVAC license
  • Any costs required when applying in each state

HVAC License Requirements by State

State Issuing Body Exam Required Reciprocity Agreement Costs
Alabama Alabama Board of Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Contractors Yes Yes Exam Fee: $150
Alaska Regulation of Mechanical Administrators Yes N/A Application Fee: $150
License Fee: $200
Arizona Arizona Registrar of Contractors Yes N/A Application Fee: $100-$200
License Fee: $270-$580
Arkansas Arkansas Department of Labor and Licensing Yes No License Fee: $100-$200
California Contractor’s State License Board Yes Yes Application Fee: $450
Colorado No statewide HVAC licensing* N/A N/A N/A
Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection Yes N/A Application Fee: $80-$200
Delaware Department of Professional Regulation Yes Yes Application Fee: $153
Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Yes N/A Application Cost: $215
Georgia Division of Conditioned Air Contractors Yes Yes Application Fee: $30
Hawaii Contractor License Board Yes N/A Application Fee: $50
Idaho Division of Building Safety Yes N/A Application Fee: $35
Illinois No statewide HVAC licensing* N/A N/A N/A
Indiana No statewide HVAC licensing* N/A N/A N/A
Iowa Iowa Plumbing & Mechanical Systems Board Yes Yes License Fee: $30.06-$180
Kansas No statewide HVAC licensing* N/A N/A N/A
Kentucky Department of Housing, Building and Construction Yes Yes License Fee: $29.17-$75
Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors Yes Yes Application Fee: $280
Maine No statewide HVAC licensing* N/A N/A N/A
Maryland Maryland Board of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors Yes Yes Application Fee: $20-$75
Massachusetts Office of Public Safety and Inspections Yes N/A License Fee: $75
Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Yes N/A License Fee: $300
Minnesota No statewide HVAC licensing* N/A N/A N/A
Mississippi No statewide HVAC licensing* N/A N/A N/A
Missouri No statewide HVAC licensing* N/A N/A N/A
Montana Department of Labor and Industry Yes N/A Application Fee: $70
Nebraska No statewide HVAC licensing* N/A N/A N/A
Nevada State Contractors Board Yes N/A License Fee: $300
New Hampshire Mechanical Safety and Licensing Board Yes N/A Application Fees: $190-$310
New Jersey State Board of Examiners of Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) Contractors Yes Yes Online Portal
New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department Yes N/A Application Fee: $25
New York No statewide HVAC licensing* N/A N/A N/A
North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors Yes N/A Application Fee: $75-$150
North Dakota No statewide HVAC licensing* N/A N/A N/A
Ohio Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board Yes Yes Application Fee: $25
Oklahoma Construction Industries Board Yes Yes License Fee: $75-$330
Oregon Construction Contractors Board Yes N/A License Fee: $325
Pennsylvania No statewide HVAC licensing* N/A N/A N/A
Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training Yes N/A Application Fee: $75
South Carolina Residential Builders Commission Yes N/A License Fee: $110-$220
South Dakota No statewide HVAC licensing* N/A N/A N/A
Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Yes No License Fee: $50
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Yes Yes Application Fee: $115
Utah Department of Occupational and Professional Licensing Yes N/A Application Fee: $226
Vermont Division of Fire Safety Yes N/A Application Fee: $60
Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation Yes Yes Application Fee: $130
Washington Department of Labor and Industries Yes Yes Application Fee: $337.60
West Virginia Division of Labor Yes Yes Application Fee: $60-$75
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services Yes N/A License Fee: $175
Wyoming No statewide HVAC licensing* N/A N/A N/A

For the states without statewide HVAC licensing, you’ll still need a license. The issuer would be a regional or local office within that state where you intend to operate.

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