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HVAC Schools in Massachusetts

Being an HVAC technician in Massachusetts means having a steady job that also has an attractive paycheck.

Salary

For instance, across the United States, the average salary in this field is $46,648 per year, but the higher range can reach $52,858 per year.

In Massachusetts, the average is $50,753 annually while the top earners make around $57,510 per year.

Annual Salary Range:
$44K
$50K
$57K
10%
50%
90%
Annual Salary by Location:
LocationAvg. Annual Salary
Boston$52,651
Worcester$49,120
Springfield$48,747
Lowell$50,846
Cambridge$52,651
New Bedford$49,167
Brockton$50,519
Quincy$52,651
Lynn$52,651
Fall River$49,167

Additionally, the job market is expected to grow 19% by 2024.

Licensing Requirements

Massachusetts doesn’t have special requirements for general HVAC technicians.

This means that folks can start working in the field right after finishing their training.

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If the specialist will work in refrigeration and especially with more than 10 tons of refrigerants, he must obtain the EPA certification that is mandatory all over the country.

Most residential HVAC technicians won’t need this certification unless the residence is particularly large.

The EPA certification will be needed regardless of the level – apprentice, technician or contractor.

To obtain it, you must apply for it using this form, pay the fee according to your level, and pass an exam.

Keep in mind that apprentices don’t need to take any exam and that this certification is meant to last for the rest of your life.

Attending one of the schools below will increase your chances of passing the test and finding a better-paid position.

School NameAddress
Bay State School of Bay State School of Technology225 Turnpike StCanton, Massachusetts 02021
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology41 Berkeley StBoston, Massachusetts 02116
Branford Hall Career Institute112 Industry AvenueSpringfield, Massachusetts 01104
Cape Cod Regional Technical High School351 Pleasant Lake AveHarwich, Massachusetts 02645
Kaplan Career Institute570 Rutherford AveCharlestown, Massachusetts 02129
Massasoit Community CollegeOne Massasoit BoulevardBrockton, Massachusetts 02302
Motoring Technical Training Institute1241 Fall River AvenueSeekonk, Massachusetts 02771
Quinsigamond Community College670 West Boylston StreetWorcester, Massachusetts 01606
Shawsheen Valley Technical High School100 Cook StBillerica, Massachusetts 01821
Southeastern Technical Institute250 Foundry StSouth Easton, Massachusetts 02375
Springfield Technical Community College1 Armory SqSpringfield, Massachusetts 01105

Refrigeration Apprentice

To get the EPA certification at this level you need:

  • To complete the application
  • A copy of your high school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • To be at least 18 years old
  • To include an approval letter from the Division of Apprentice Training
  • To pay the $40 fee

You can have this license only until the beginning of your second year of apprenticeship.

You can renew it if you need to, but only twice and only if the Bureau of Pipefitters, Refrigeration Technicians and Sprinkler Fitters approve the request.

Once you finish your training you’ll receive the Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship.

Refrigeration Technicians

To become a refrigeration technician, you’ll have to pay the $75 fee, submit the Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship, and the application form.

Don’t forget to also include your EPA certification, which in the form is called CFC Certification.

Applicants must also provide proof for:

  • Completing 6000 hours as a Refrigeration Apprentice in Massachusetts and
  • Documents from an approved school of 250 hours in a refrigeration course, made up of 100 hours refrigeration theory and 150 hours of related state electrical code training

or

  • Completing 4000 hours as an apprentice and
  • Documents from an approved school of 500 hours in a refrigeration course, including 250 hours of shop-related work, 100 hours refrigeration theory and 150 hours of related state electrical code training

or

  • Documentation from your employer for completing 2000 hours as a Massachusetts refrigeration apprentice and
  • Documentation from an approved school of 1000 hours in a refrigeration course, including 700 hours of shop-related work, 100 hours of refrigeration theory, and 100 hours of related MA electrical code training

You can use the license obtained in a different state along with the documentation from your employer to meet the above requirements.

Refrigeration Contractors

You can only become a contractor if you completed 2000 hours of experience as a technician, and it’s your employer who can provide the proof.

You also have to complete 100 extra hours of EPA education.

To apply for this license, you also have to pay the $150 fee.

Preparing For Your Exams

If your application gets approved, you should be informed of the exam date between 4 and 8 weeks after you applied.

These are some of the resources you can use to prepare:

Certification Types

There are 3 types of EPA certifications available in Massachusetts:

  • Type I: for work on small appliances, of up to five pounds of refrigerant
  • Type II: for work with high- and very high-pressure appliances, including non-automotive systems and split systems.
  • Type III: for work on low-pressure appliances.

Conclusion

The future of HVAC technicians from Massachusetts looks bright, and now is the best time to start training for this trade.

If you want to work with refrigeration appliances, make sure to officially register as an apprentice and start documenting your experience and study time.

You’ll surely become a contractor in no time!

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