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HVAC Schools in Florida

There are many reasons to want to become certified as an HVAC technician in Florida, such as a good field to work in and having a decent income.

Let’s learn more about this occupation and how to get licensed.

Job Overview

The demand for these technicians is expected to increase by 30% in the future, so now it’s a really good time to start your training.

Salary

In Florida, HVAC specialists earn on average $44,315 per year, versus the national average of $46,648 per year.

The top 10% of these professionals earn as much as $50,215 per year, compared to the highest salary at a national level which is $46,648 per year.

Annual Salary Range:
$39K
$44K
$50K
10%
50%
90%
Annual Salary by Location:
LocationAvg. Annual Salary
Jacksonville$44,026
Miami$45,411
Tampa$44,446
St. Petersburg$44,409
Hialeah$45,062
Orlando$44,376
Fort Lauderdale$45,300
Tallahassee$42,309
Hollywood$45,300
Pembroke Pines$45,006

HVAC Certification Programs

There are several ways to get a certification as an HVAC specialist in Florida.

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Enrolling in a technical or public college is one of the easiest routes to enter this work field.

The length of the program depends on the institution, but it can last anywhere from 1 semester up to 4 years.

Possibly the best program would be one lasting about 2 years as they specifically prepare students for the licensing exam in Florida.

The certification programs for this occupation include:

  • Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating Systems Assistant Certificate
  • Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating Systems Technician Certificate
  • Associate in Applied Science in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Systems Technology
  • Associate in Science in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Systems Technologies

Let’s have a look at the types of licenses you can obtain, and remember that all of them are either certified by or registered with the State of Florida.

Certified ‘Class A’ Florida HVAC License

With this license, you can work anywhere within the State of Florida.

To qualify, you must meet the educational requirements – this includes training on the job, known as an apprenticeship.

You’ll then have to pass the exam for which you have to pay a fee of $355.

The license itself and its renewal cost $125 each.

Make sure to have workers compensation as well.

Registered ‘Class A’ Florida HVAC License

Holders of this license can work in certain areas where local requirements are met, regardless of unit size.

Local authorities have more details reading this option, and you’ll have to fill out an application.

Both the registration and the renewal fees are $100 each.

Certified ‘Class B’ HVAC License

There are several requirements to obtain this certification that allows you to work in any region of the state.

The limitation comes from the equipment you can service:

  • Up to 20 tons cooling systems
  • Up to 500,000 BTU heating systems

Requirements:

  • 18 years old
  • 4-year accredited degree
  • 1 year of experience (or 2000 hours)
  • Pass the exam
  • Have workers compensation

4 years of active experience is also accepted instead of the 4 year degree and 2000 hours of experience on the job.

You’ll have to pay $354 to take the exam.

Registered ‘Class B’ HVAC License

This license poses the most limitations, as it allows you to work only:

  • In areas where you meet the requirements
  • On up to 20 tons cooling systems
  • On up to 500,000 BTU heating systems

Local governments have more details regarding this license for which you must submit an application.

For this license, you have to pay the $100 registration fee and the $100 renewal fee.

Schools

Have a look at the list of schools in the table below.

School NameAddress
Apex Training Center Inc12490 NE 7th Ave #216, North Miami, FL 33161
Atlantic Technical College4700 Coconut Creek Parkway Coconut Creek, FL 33063-3902
Brevard Community College1519 Clearlake RdCocoa, Florida 32922
CHOICE High School and Technical Center1976 Lewis Turner BlvdFort Walton Beach, Florida 32547
College of Business and Technology-Flagler8230 W Flagler St. Miami, FL 33144
College of Business and Technology-Hialeah935 West 49 Street # 203 Hialeah, FL 33012
D G Erwin Technical Center2010 E Hillsborough AveTampa, Florida 33610
Deliver My AC Unit HVAC School15224 E Colonial Dr #5101, Orlando, FL 32826
Everest University111 NW 183rd St, Ste 200Miami, Florida 33169
First Coast Technical College2980 Collins AveSaint Augustine, Florida 32084
Flagler Technical Institute1 Corporate Drive Suite 2-JPalm Coast, Florida 32137
Florida Career College-Miami1321 SW 107 Ave Ste 201B Miami, FL 33174
Florida Academy HVAC4387 Colonial Blvd Suite 105, Fort Myers, FL 33966
Florida Air Condition Apprent4420 Georgia Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33405
Florida Technical College12900 Challenger ParkwayOrlando, Florida 32826
Fort Myers Institute of Technology3800 Michigan AveFort Myers, Florida 33916
Fortis Institute5995-2 University Blvd WestJacksonville, Florida 32216
George Stone Technical Center2400 Longleaf Dr Pensacola, FL 32526-8922
HVAC Training Solutions4475 U.S. 1 South #607, St. Augustine, FL 32086
Indian River State College3209 Virginia Ave Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5596
Jack Rase HVAC Technical Training8720 Exposition Dr, Tampa, FL 33626
Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center750 NW 20 StreetMiami, Florida 33127
Lively Technical Center500 N Appleyard DrTallahassee, Florida 32304
M-DCPS The English Center3501 SW 28 St.Miami, Florida 33133
Manatee Technical Institute6305 State Rd 70 EastBradenton, Florida 34203
Marchman Technical Education Center7825 Campus Dr.New Port Richey, Florida 34653
Miami Lakes Educational Center5780 NW 158th StMiami Lakes, Florida 33014
Mid Florida Tech2900 West Oak Ridge RoadOrlando, Florida 32809
Pinellas Technical College-St. Petersburg901 34th St S Saint Petersburg, FL 33711-2209
Radford M Locklin Technical Center5330 Berryhill RdMilton, Florida 32570
Ridge Career Center7700 State Rd 544Winter Haven, Florida 33881
Robert Morgan Educational Center18180 SW 122nd AveMiami, Florida 33177
Sheridan Technical Center5400 Sheridan StHollywood, Florida 33021
South Florida Academy of AC3343 W Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
South Florida Institute of Technology720 NW 27th Avenue, 2nd Floor Miami, FL 33125
Southern Technical College2910 S. Orlando DriveSanford, Florida 32773
Technical Education Center-Osceola501 Simpson RdKissimmee, Florida 34744
Tom P Haney Technical Center3016 Hwy 77Panama City, Florida 32405
Traviss Career Center3225 Winter Lake RdLakeland, Florida 33803
Tulsa Welding School - Jacksonville3500 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216

The EPA Certification

Those who want to work with refrigerants that are ozone-depleting need to get the additional EPA license.

You can get this license either from one of these organizations: HVAC Excellence or the North American Technician Excellence (or shortly, NATE).

There are additionally a few other certifications you can get, they’re recommended if you want to prove you really know your profession.

The more licenses you have, the more valuable you can be when it comes to searching for a job.

Contractor License

Florida has different types of contractor licenses, and these have some common requirements:

  • Being over the age of 18.
  • Get a credit report and a financial statement from current year
  • Net worth between $2,500 – $20,000
  • General liability insurances:
    1. $100,000 for bodily injury
    2. $25,000 for property damage

For the mechanical contractor license you need minimum 4 years of experience.

For the A + B Air conditioning contractor license, you need to take 2 exams:

  1. In business/finance
  2. For the desired trade

These 2 exams are not for electrical contractors as they need to sit through other state-regulated examinations.

There are 2 different fees that must be paid as follows:

  • $249 From May 1st of an even year through August 31st of an odd year
  • $309 From September 1st of an odd year through April 30th of an even year

Exam Process

As you already know, you have to sit through a test for each license you want to obtain.

Mechanical Contractor’s License Exam:

  • The exam is taken in two sections lasting each 4.5 hour, with one taken in the morning and the other at night
  • You need to score at least 70% to pass
  • The exam fee is $135
  • The test is taken onsite at the date and location selected on your application

A + B Air Conditioning Contractor’s License:

  • The requirements are the same as above
  • You will need 14 hours of continued education to acquire and maintain this license

NATE Exam:

  • Choose your technician type: installation or service.
  • Identify which specialty exam you would like to take in addition to the core exam
  • Register for a testing session in your area
  • It costs $95 to maintain a 5-year certification

Extra Considerations

A successful HVAC career is possible with classroom education along with workshops apprenticeships, followed by obtaining a license.

This field allows for further specialization, however specific certification is also needed, but the process can mean you have less competition in your field and a higher chance of finding a better position.

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