HVAC License Certification in Alabama
If you live or planning to live in Alabama and you want to pursue a career in HVAC, this page will provide you information on how to obtain your HVAC license in Alabama. There are good opportunities waiting for those who are interested to work as an HVAC tech in Alabama. It is said that the average earning potential for HVAC techs working on this state is $ 50, 000. HVAC licensing in Alabama is regulated by the Alabama State Board of Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Contractors. This board offers three licensing option to potential HVAC professionals- Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor License, General Contractor License, and Refrigeration License.
In terms of state to state reciprocity, the state of Alabama has a reciprocity agreement with the state of Louisiana (Licensing Board for Contractors), Mississippi (State Board of Contractors) and Tennessee (Board for Licensing Contractors). The implication of this reciprocity agreement is that once you are already licensed with at least one of those aforementioned states, you can already obtain the license to work in Alabama without repeating the same testing and licensing process.
Heating and Air Conditioning Examination Applicants Requirements
If you wish to apply for the Heating & Air Conditioning or Refrigeration contractors’ exam in Alabama, you must have a certain amount of experience and or education in HVAC before taking the exam. Specifically, you must have an apprentice registration, issued by the state’s Board of Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors for two or more calendar years; or has completed 3,000 hours of coursework or experience, as defined by the said Board; or is a graduate of an approved heating, air conditioning, or refrigeration curriculum (For Colleges in Alabama with approved curriculums please refer below).
In order for you to be approved to sit for the examination, you are mandated to submit the following:
- Examination Application;
- Affidavits that are signed and notarized by the employer(s) swearing that you have worked in the Heating and Air Conditioning industry for at least two years within the past five years, and all corresponding W-2 Forms from the employer(s); and/ or
- Copies of certificates showing that you have attended at least 3000 hours of Heating and Air Conditioning educational training; or
- Proof of graduation from an approved Heating and Air Conditioning curriculum
Also, if you have a long certificate from any public State of Alabama or community college for two years, you are approved to take the exam
Colleges with Approved HVAC Curriculums
The following institutions (some of these are located on a nearby state) have approved curriculum from the Board of Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors:
- Alabama Power Company
- Columbus Technical College
- Construction Education Foundation of Alabama
- J. F. Drake State Technical College
- Fortis College
- Lindsey-Cooper Refrigeration School
- Gwinnett Technical College, Lawrenceville, GA
- Virginia College – Birmingham
- NARS Training System
- Trenholm State Technical College
- West Georgia Technical College
- George Stone Technical Center HVAC Program
Fees for the HVAC certification are non-refundable. If you fail to take the examination on the date that the Board had scheduled for you or you wait for more than one year to take the examination, the examination fee will be forfeited. If you failed to get the passing rate on the written examination, Alabama state statute allows you to take a practical examination but it must be taken within six months from the date of the last failed examination.
In terms of licensing cost, Heating, and Air Conditioning License as well as the Refrigeration License has testing fees that cost within $150 to $350. It costs around $165 to obtain a new license and $165 to renew the license every year. To maintain an inactive license, you must pay $82.50 per year. The General Contractor’s License has a $300 application and license fee and a $200 annual renewal fee.
Lastly, for Exam Preparation Course Providers and Book Suppliers, here is the list provided by the State of Alabama Board of Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Contractors’ website:
- Alabama Power Company (Books & Prep Course)
- American Contractors (Books & Prep Course)
- Lawson State Technical College
- NARS Training Systems (Books & Prep Course)
- Professional Book Sellers (Books)
- @Home Prep, Inc.
- AAA Construction School, Inc
- American Contractors Exam Services
- Builder’s Book Depot
- Florida Licenses and Corporations, Inc.
- International Code Council
- North American Contractors Association
- Prov, Inc.