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If you’re interested in becoming an HVAC contractor, you’ll need to know what’s required in your state. Different states have different requirements for becoming an HVAC contractor. In some states, you can do it without any formal training or experience. In others, you’ll have to go through an apprenticeship program and then pass an exam before being eligible for licensure.

Our company is located in Texas and works throughout the state. Our main location employs HVAC contractors in Houston for you convenience.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the requirements for each type of state:

StateIssuing BodyExam RequiredReciprocity AgreementCosts
AlabamaAlabama Board of Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration ContractorsYesYesExam Fee: $150
AlaskaRegulation of Mechanical AdministratorsYesN/AApplication Fee: $150
License Fee: $200
ArizonaArizona Registrar of ContractorsYesN/AApplication Fee: $100-$200
License Fee: $270-$580
ArkansasArkansas Department of Labor and LicensingYesNoLicense Fee: $100-$200
CaliforniaContractor’s State License BoardYesYesApplication Fee: $450
ColoradoNo statewide HVAC licensing*N/AN/AN/A
ConnecticutDepartment of Consumer ProtectionYesN/AApplication Fee: $80-$200
DelawareDepartment of Professional RegulationYesYesApplication Fee: $153
FloridaDepartment of Business and Professional RegulationYesN/AApplication Cost: $215
GeorgiaDivision of Conditioned Air ContractorsYesYesApplication Fee: $30
HawaiiContractor License BoardYesN/AApplication Fee: $50
IdahoDivision of Building SafetyYesN/AApplication Fee: $35
IllinoisNo statewide HVAC licensing*N/AN/AN/A
IndianaNo statewide HVAC licensing*N/AN/AN/A
IowaIowa Plumbing & Mechanical Systems BoardYesYesLicense Fee: $30.06-$180
KansasNo statewide HVAC licensing*N/AN/AN/A
KentuckyDepartment of Housing, Building and ConstructionYesYesLicense Fee: $29.17-$75
LouisianaState Licensing Board for ContractorsYesYesApplication Fee: $280
MaineNo statewide HVAC licensing*N/AN/AN/A
MarylandMaryland Board of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration ContractorsYesYesApplication Fee: $20-$75
MassachusettsOffice of Public Safety and InspectionsYesN/ALicense Fee: $75
MichiganLicensing and Regulatory AffairsYesN/ALicense Fee: $300
MinnesotaNo statewide HVAC licensing*N/AN/AN/A
MississippiNo statewide HVAC licensing*N/AN/AN/A
MissouriNo statewide HVAC licensing*N/AN/AN/A
MontanaDepartment of Labor and IndustryYesN/AApplication Fee: $70
NebraskaNo statewide HVAC licensing*N/AN/AN/A
NevadaState Contractors BoardYesN/ALicense Fee: $300
New HampshireMechanical Safety and Licensing BoardYesN/AApplication Fees: $190-$310
New JerseyState Board of Examiners of Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) ContractorsYesYesOnline Portal
New MexicoRegulation and Licensing DepartmentYesN/AApplication Fee: $25
New YorkNo statewide HVAC licensing*N/AN/AN/A
North CarolinaState Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler ContractorsYesN/AApplication Fee: $75-$150
North DakotaNo statewide HVAC licensing*N/AN/AN/A
OhioOhio Construction Industry Licensing BoardYesYesApplication Fee: $25
OklahomaConstruction Industries BoardYesYesLicense Fee: $75-$330
OregonConstruction Contractors BoardYesN/ALicense Fee: $325
PennsylvaniaNo statewide HVAC licensing*N/AN/AN/A
Rhode IslandDepartment of Labor and TrainingYesN/AApplication Fee: $75
South CarolinaResidential Builders CommissionYesN/ALicense Fee: $110-$220
South DakotaNo statewide HVAC licensing*N/AN/AN/A
TennesseeDepartment of Commerce and InsuranceYesNoLicense Fee: $50
TexasDepartment of Licensing and RegulationYesYesApplication Fee: $115
UtahDepartment of Occupational and Professional LicensingYesN/AApplication Fee: $226
VermontDivision of Fire SafetyYesN/AApplication Fee: $60
VirginiaDepartment of Professional and Occupational RegulationYesYesApplication Fee: $130
WashingtonDepartment of Labor and IndustriesYesYesApplication Fee: $337.60
West VirginiaDivision of LaborYesYesApplication Fee: $60-$75
WisconsinDepartment of Safety and Professional ServicesYesN/ALicense Fee: $175
WyomingNo statewide HVAC licensing*N/AN/AN/A

Do HVAC Contractors In Houston Need To Be Licensed?

Yes, HVAC contractors in Houston do need to be licensed.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requires all HVAC contractors to have a license before they can operate in the area. This is to ensure that you receive quality service from a trained professional who will be able to answer any questions you may have about your unit and perform necessary maintenance on it.