HVAC Contractor (Commercial)

HVAC contractors contract with clients to install, service or repair heating and air conditioning systems in residences and commercial establishments. In most states, only contractors require licenses, not those who work for them. In some states, licensing requirements differ based on the setting. Those with a residential license may work only on residential properties, while those with a commercial license may work on commercial properties. Other states require the same license regardless of the setting, and this report records that license in both settings. Many states have contract minimums before the contractor’s license applies. See Appendix B for details.
License required by 37 states
6th most burdensome licensing requirements
17th most widely and onerously licensed occupation

Thirty-seven states license HVAC contractors working on commercial properties. Twenty-six states require between two and six years of experience working under a licensed contractor. Rhode Island, the most burdensome state, requires eight years of experience. At the other end of the spectrum, seven states require no education or experience at all. On average, states require over three years (1,197 days) of education and experience, $400 in fees ($1,078 in Nevada), and about two exams. These high barriers give commercial HVAC contractors the sixth most burdensome requirements of the 102 occupations studied.

Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Rhode Island 37 $660.00 2,920 - 8 years 4 0 18
2 Iowa 37 $890.00 2,190 - 6 years 2 12 18
3 Idaho 37 $395.00 2,190 - 6 years 2 0 18
4 Maryland 37 $405.00 2,190 - 6 years 2 0 0
5 Delaware 37 $109.00 2,190 - 6 years 1 0 0
6 Virginia 37 $720.00 1,826 8 clock hours 5 years 2 0 18
7 Arkansas 37 $485.00 1,825 - 5 years 2 0 18
8 New Jersey 37 $331.00 1,825 - 5 years 2 0 18
9 Georgia 37 $297.00 1,829 24 clock hours 5 years 1 0 18
10 Ohio 37 $140.00 1,825 - 5 years 1 0 18
11 D C 37 $45.00 1,825 - 5 years 1 0 0
12 Connecticut 37 $465.00 1,561 - 4 years and 432 clock hours 3 0 18
13 Nevada 37 $1,078.25 1,460 - 4 years 2 0 18
14 California 37 $579.00 1,460 - 4 years 3 0 18
15 Kentucky 37 $505.83 1,460 - 4 years 3 0 18
16 Hawaii 37 $615.00 1,460 - 4 years 2 0 18
16 Oklahoma 37 $615.00 1,460 - 4 years 2 0 18
18 Florida 37 $364.00 1,460 - 4 years 2 0 18
19 New Mexico 37 $317.76 1,460 - 4 years 2 0 18
20 Oregon 37 $385.00 1,463 16 clock hours 4 years 1 0 18
21 Texas 37 $209.00 1,460 - 4 years 1 0 18
22 Alaska 37 $450.00 1,460 - 4 years 1 0 0
23 Michigan 37 $400.00 1,095 - 3 years 1 0 0
24 Massachusetts 37 $115.00 700 1000 clock hours 2000 clock hours 1 12 18
25 Arizona 37 $686.00 730 - 2 years 2 0 18
26 South Carolina 37 $385.00 730 - 2 years 3 0 0
27 Utah 37 $549.00 733 20 clock hours 2 years 2 0 0
28 North Carolina 37 $260.00 730 - 2 years 2 0 0
29 Alabama 37 $315.00 700 - 3000 clock hours 1 0 0
30 Mississippi 37 $640.00 67 - 3 jobs, contractors 2 0 0
31 Louisiana 37 $460.00 0 - - 2 0 0
32 Tennessee 37 $360.00 0 - - 2 0 0
33 West Virginia 37 $174.00 0 - - 2 0 0
34 North Dakota 37 $125.00 0 - - 0 0 18
35 Wisconsin 37 $175.00 0 - - 0 0 0
36 Washington 37 $113.40 0 - - 0 0 0
37 Nebraska 37 $0.00 0 - - 0 0 0