Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Residential)

HVAC sheet metal contractors contract with clients to install prefabricated sheet metal ducts used for heating, air conditioning or other purposes. Typically, only contractors require licenses, not sheet metal workers 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 36 states
9th most burdensome licensing requirements
21st most widely and onerously licensed occupation

Thirty-six states license HVAC sheet metal contractors working on residential properties. On average, states require close to three years (1,026 days) of education and experience, $384 in fees, and about two exams. All in all, 31 require at least one exam (New Mexico requires four). These requirements rank as the ninth most burdensome.

Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Iowa 36 $890.00 2,190 - 6 years 2 12 18
2 Idaho 36 $395.00 2,190 - 6 years 2 0 18
3 Maryland 36 $165.00 2,190 - 6 years 2 0 0
4 Delaware 36 $109.00 2,190 - 6 years 1 0 0
5 Rhode Island 36 $468.00 1,825 - 5 years 3 0 18
6 Virginia 36 $720.00 1,826 8 clock hours 5 years 2 0 18
7 New Jersey 36 $331.00 1,825 - 5 years 2 0 18
8 D C 36 $45.00 1,825 - 5 years 1 0 0
9 Nevada 36 $1,078.25 1,460 - 4 years 2 0 18
10 New Mexico 36 $530.52 1,460 - 4 years 4 0 18
11 California 36 $579.00 1,460 - 4 years 3 0 18
12 Kentucky 36 $505.83 1,460 - 4 years 3 0 18
13 Hawaii 36 $615.00 1,460 - 4 years 2 0 18
13 Oklahoma 36 $615.00 1,460 - 4 years 2 0 18
15 Florida 36 $364.00 1,460 - 4 years 2 0 18
16 Connecticut 36 $465.00 1,460 - 4 years 3 0 0
17 Georgia 36 $297.00 1,463 16 clock hours 4 years 1 0 18
18 Texas 36 $195.00 1,460 - 4 years 1 0 18
19 Massachusetts 36 $370.00 1,095 - 3 years 1 12 17
20 Michigan 36 $400.00 1,095 - 3 years 1 0 0
21 Arizona 36 $956.00 730 - 2 years 2 0 18
22 Arkansas 36 $255.00 730 - 2 years 1 0 18
23 Utah 36 $354.00 733 20 clock hours 2 years 2 0 0
24 North Carolina 36 $260.00 730 - 2 years 2 0 0
25 Alaska 36 $450.00 730 - 2 years 1 0 0
26 South Carolina 36 $280.00 365 - 1 years 2 0 0
27 Mississippi 36 $290.00 67 - 3 jobs, contractors 2 0 0
28 Oregon 36 $410.00 3 16 clock hours - 1 0 18
29 Tennessee 36 $360.00 0 - - 2 0 0
30 Louisiana 36 $460.00 0 - - 1 0 0
31 North Dakota 36 $125.00 0 - - 0 0 18
32 West Virginia 36 $132.00 0 - - 1 0 0
33 Wisconsin 36 $175.00 0 - - 0 0 0
34 Washington 36 $113.40 0 - - 0 0 0
35 Pennsylvania 36 $50.00 0 - - 0 0 0
36 Nebraska 36 $0.00 0 - - 0 0 0