Florida HVAC Licenses and Certificates
If you are interested in getting your Florida HVAC license, you will need to review the licensing requirements and guidelines set forth by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, a division of the Florida's Construction Industry Licensing Board. HVAC licenses fall under the "Class A & B Air Conditioning" and "Air Conditioning Service" occupation and class codes, and licenses are issued either by registration or by certification. In the State of Florida, candidates who take a local HVAC competency exam can become registered but are only able to practice in their locale. Candidates who pass a state examination in this field can practice throughout the state of Florida.
Here's what you need to know about Florida HVAC certification and Florida HVAC license regulations.
Florida HVAC Certification Programs
You can take a Florida HVAC certification program at a technical college or even a four-year public college that offers certificate and degree programs in air conditioning, refrigeration and heating systems technology. Some Florida HVAC certification programs prepare students to serve as an assistant and are only one or two semesters in length. Others are two-year programs that cover a range of courses in HVAC subjects and prepare students for the Florida HVAC certification exam.
Examples of Florida HVAC certification programs include:
- Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Systems Assistant Certificate
- Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Systems Technician Certificate
- Associate in Applied Science in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Systems Technology
- Associate in Science in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Systems Technologies
Technicians who are planning to work with ozone-depleting refrigerants also need to pass a separate certification program from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). You can take this exam through one of two certification organizations: HVAC Excellence and the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) organization.
Florida HVAC License Types
The State of Florida recognizes the following types of Florida HVAC license options, and you can only qualify for each type when you meet certain criteria. Here's a breakdown of Florida HVAC license types, and their limitations:
- State Certified Class A Florida HVAC license - allows you to work anywhere in the state of Florida. You must have workers comp, pass the exam and meet educational and on-the-job requirements in order to qualify for this license. The exam fee is $355, while the certification and renewal fees are $125.
- State Registered Class A Florida HVAC license - allows you to work in local areas where local requirements are met, and you can work on any size unit. You can contact the local government for details, but you do have to fill out a formal application. There is a $100 registration fee and a $100 renewal fee.
- State Certified Class B HVAC license - you can work anywhere in the state but must have workers comp, pass an exam and meet other educational and job requirements. You are limited to working with cooling systems that are 20 tons or lighter, and heating systems that are 500,000 BTU and lower. You must also be 18 and have a four-year accredited degree and one year of experience (or 2,000 hours of service), or four years of active experience before you pass a state exam. There is a $354 examination fee.
- State Registered Class B HVAC License - you can only work in local areas where you meet local requirements, and are limited to working with cooling systems that are 20 tons or lighter, and heating systems that are 500,000 BTU and lower. You'll need to contact your local government for details and submit a formal application for your license. There is a $100 registration fee and a $100 renewal fee.
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