Colorado and a few other states don’t require a license for HVAC workers.
However, it’s good to get certified because there are some situations in which it is needed.
Additionally, if you want to advance in your career, the license will prove useful.
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Job Outlook and Salary
It’s important to know that in the next decade, there will be a 13.6% increased demand for HVAC workers in Colorado.
On average, such a professional would earn $46,508 per year, while those at the higher end of the spectrum make around $52 700 per year.
The national average salary for an HVAC worker is of $46,648 per year and the highest one is of $52,858.
Annual Salary Range:
Annual Salary by Location:
Location Avg. Annual Salary Denver $47,175 Colorado Springs $46,428 Aurora $47,144 Fort Collins $45,411 Thornton $47,175 Arvada $47,175 Westminster $47,175 Pueblo $43,261 Boulder $47,860 Greeley $45,604
If you plan on working in 2 interconnected areas, you will need a license.
These areas are:
- electrician/electrical work
HVAC techs might have to perform a lot of electrical work, and as such, an electrician license will be needed.
Make sure to check out the requirements for becoming an electrician.
You should know that electricians, regardless of level (journeyman, master, or even residential wireman) learn how to perform electrical work with heating systems.
Colorado and the following states have a reciprocal agreement for journeymen electricians:
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
We’ll have a look at the requirements you must meet in Denver, as this is the largest city in Colorado.
Here there are only 4 classes of licensing specifically related to heating, ventilation and air conditioning:
- residential (only
- Class A supervisor
- Class B supervisor.
There are also 4 categories for those working with refrigeration systems:
- Class A supervisor
- Class B supervisor
If you’ll be working with gas systems, hot water or steam heat, and boilers, you’ll need a different, separate certification.
The Denver municipal website has more information.
As an HVAC tech, you might be required to perform plumbing work, and you’ll need a certification for this as well.
Don’t forget to also check the requirements for your profession in the city or county you’ll be working in.
If you want to run your own business in this field, you’ll need a specific license for this purpose.
However, you’ll have to check with your local county or city for the requirements you must meet as there’s no state-wide regulation.
Section 608 from the EPA requires everyone in the USA to hold a certification if they work with refrigerants in the USA.
HVAC Schools in Colorado
Below you can find the Colorado schools offering an HVAC certification.
|Emily Griffith Technical College||1250 Welton Street Denver, Colorado 80204|
|Front Range Community College||3645 W 112th Ave Westminster, Colorado 80031|
|Lincoln College of Technology||11194 E 45th AveDenver, Colorado 80239|
|Pickens Technical College||500 Airport BlvdAurora, Colorado 80011|
|Pikes Peak Community College||5675 S Academy BlvdColorado Springs, Colorado 80906|
|Redstone College||10851 W 120th AveBroomfield, Colorado 80021|
Colorado has an extreme type of weather, and so using an HVAC system might improve quality of life.
Even though you’re not officially required to own a license for these systems, it’s still a good idea to know the regulations in the country you’ll be working in.