HVAC Schools in Iowa (Top Programs Listed)


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HVAC Schools in Iowa

If you want to work in the HVAC field in Iowa, you should know there are several licenses you can look into getting.

Read on to learn more details about each of these and how to become an HVAC technician.

Becoming an apprentice

To become an apprentice, you need to find a journeyman to work under, which will help you get your license.

You also need to submit all the paperwork to the Iowa Plumbing & Mechanical Systems Board, at least 18 years old and attend an apprenticeship program.

Service Technician HVAC Specialty Certification

This allows you to repair parts of the HVAC systems in order to gain practice.

You can get this license by enrolling in any vocational school that offers a North American Technician Excellence, Inc. (NATE) certification.


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Check out the schools below for this purpose.

School NameAddress
Eastern Iowa Community College District306 W River DrDavenport, Iowa 52801
Hawkeye Community College1501 E Orange RdWaterloo, Iowa 50701
Iowa Lakes Community College1501 E Orange RdWaterloo, Iowa 50701
Iowa Lakes Community College19 S 7th StEstherville, Iowa 51334
Kirkwood Community College6301 Kirkwood Blvd SWCedar Rapids, Iowa 52406
North Iowa Area Community College500 College DrMason City, Iowa 50401
Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar1625 Hwy 150Calmar, Iowa 52132
Scott Community College500 Belmont RdBettendorf, Iowa 52722
Vatterott College7000 Fleur DriveDes Moines, Iowa 50321
Western Iowa Tech Community College4647 Stone AveSioux City, Iowa 51102

Journeyman License

To get the journeyman license, you need:

  • An experience of 4 years as an apprentice
  • The required documents
  • Passing the journeyman test

You don’t need to take the exam if you already have a license in another state.

Journeyman supervises apprentices, performs HVAC work under a master technician but cannot work with any unlicensed individual.

Master Level Technician Certification

This license requires 2 years of journeyman experience.

You will be allowed to perform any work on HVAC systems as well as supervise lower level technicians.

HVAC Contractor License

To become a contractor, you need:

  • The required bond and insurance
  • The required documents
  • An active unemployment insurance number
  • A steady business location
  • An HVAC master level technician license or work with a master technician

If the employed master technician leaves, the Iowa Plumbing & Mechanical Systems Board must be notified of this a month before.

After that, you will have 6 months to hire another master electrician.


The apprenticeship only requires proof of being enrolled in a program.

The journeyman and master electrician licenses require a $99.00 exam fee.

The exams are managed by Kirkwood Community College.

EPA Requirements

As HVAC has numerous regulations, you should always be up to date with the latest Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.

In order to work with refrigerants, you will need an EPA Refrigerant Certification.


The average salary in Iowa for an HVAC technician is $44,642 per year, and it can reach $50,585 per year, for those at the top.

Across the United States, these workers earn on average $46,648 per year, with the highest salaries reaching $52,858 annually.

Annual Salary Range:
Annual Salary by Location:
LocationAvg. Annual Salary
Des Moines$45,126
Cedar Rapids$44,259
Sioux City$38,811
Iowa City$43,895
Council Bluffs$44,103
West Des Moines$45,126


In order to learn more about job specification, check out the Plumbing & Mechanical Systems Board.

The site has additional info and resources that will help you start your career.

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