How do I become an HVAC contractor?


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How do I become an HVAC contractor?

How do I start learning HVAC?

How to Become an HVAC Technician

  1. 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.
  2. Pursue an HVAC Certificate.
  3. Complete an Apprenticeship.
  4. 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

  1. You must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. You must have either a Social Security number or an individual taxpayer identification number.
  3. There is no educational requirement for HVAC technicians in California.
  4. Get work experience under the supervision of a licensed contractor or four years documented journeyman experience on jobs valuing $500 or less.
  5. Apply for Original Contractors License C-20 specialty.
  6. Provide documentation of four years journeyman-level experience or equivalent college or vocational training program.
  7. Take and pass all parts of the licensing exam.
  8. Pay all fees.
  9. Get EPA Section 608 Certification by passing the federally mandated exam.
  10. Pass criminal background check, including fingerprinting.
  11. File evidence of workers’ compensation insurance or an exemption from the requirements.
  12. Secure contractor’s surety bond. 
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