How do I become an HVAC contractor?
How do I start learning HVAC?
How to Become an HVAC Technician
- Start with a High School Diploma (or Equivalent) In most states (like California), a high school diploma or GED is required before you can begin pursuing this career.
- Pursue an HVAC Certificate.
- Complete an Apprenticeship.
- Look into Certifications.
How do I get a C20 license in California?
To get a C-20 license in California, you must prove a minimum of 4 years of journeyman level experience and pass a two-part state exam with the Contractor State License Board. To qualify for an exam date you must meet the following requirements: Be at least 18 years of age.
Steps to Get an HVAC License in California
- You must be at least 18 years of age.
- You must have either a Social Security number or an individual taxpayer identification number.
- There is no educational requirement for HVAC technicians in California.
- Get work experience under the supervision of a licensed contractor or four years documented journeyman experience on jobs valuing $500 or less.
- Apply for Original Contractors License C-20 specialty.
- Provide documentation of four years journeyman-level experience or equivalent college or vocational training program.
- Take and pass all parts of the licensing exam.
- Pay all fees.
- Get EPA Section 608 Certification by passing the federally mandated exam.
- Pass criminal background check, including fingerprinting.
- File evidence of workers’ compensation insurance or an exemption from the requirements.
- Secure contractor’s surety bond.