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Licensing Requirements

Before you can work as an HVAC technician, you’ll want to make sure that you have all of the correct licenses for your state and location. Sometimes, all you’ll need is your EPA Section 608 card. Other times, you’ll need to get some other cards, too.

Unfortunately, the HVAC certification process is not the same throughout the United States. We will set you up to get your EPA card. After that, it’s important that you do the research necessary to determine what else you’ll need to do. The best way to do this is to contact employers who are interested in hiring you and ask them what is required to work in their area. You can also look things up online, but this can be unnecessarily confusing. Speaking to someone who knows the business is the best way to find out, for sure, what the requirements are.

Some areas have a straightforward process, while others have a mess of overlapping requirements that you will need to navigate. It may feel impossible sometimes, but look around. There are people working in HVAC around you, so it is definitely possible to get through the certification process.

EPA Certification

Every HVAC technician in the United States will need their EPA Section 608 card. This means that you have basic knowledge about what it takes to work on HVAC systems in the United States.

The EPA offers four levels of certification. These are:

  • Type I - Servicing Small Appliances
  • Type II - Servicing or Disposing of High- or Very Gigh-pressure Appliances, except small appliances and MVACs (motor vehicle air conditioning)
  • Type III - Servicing or Disposing of Low-pressure Appliances
  • Type IV - Universal (includes all of the above)

No matter which type of certification you’re going for, you’ll have to take the core exam. This consists of 25 questions that all HVAC technicians should be able to answer correctly, no matter which certification they are going for. You’ll have to get 18-21 correct, depending on which type of certification you’re going for, but the exam is open book so you shouldn’t have to worry too much.

In addition, your exam will have another 25 questions that pertain to the specific type of certification you are trying to obtain. If you’re doing the universal exam, you will have 100 questions total. Answer enough of these correctly, and you will have your certification.

Practice tests are available for this exam, though our educational process ensures that people are ready for the tests. We will help you get your certifications. If you need extra study before the exam, we’ll let you know what to look at to help you pass.

Once you have your EPA Section 608 certification, you can get whatever certification is necessary at the local level, then start work as an HVAC technician soon.