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HVAC Schools in Minnesota

The State of Minnesota is a great place work especially for heating, air-condition, ventilation or refrigeration technicians.

These techs and contractors don’t have much to worry about in Minnesota, as there are no licensing or certification requirements for working in this industry.

Salary

Knowing how much you’ll be earning can be a stronger reason to want to start your career in this field.

The average salary in the United States for this field is $46,648 per year, with the higher range reaching $52,858 per year.

In Minnesota, the average salary is higher at $47,721 annually, with those at the top-earning around $54,074 per year.

Annual Salary Range:
$42K
$47K
$54K
10%
50%
90%
Annual Salary by Location:
LocationAvg. Annual Salary
Minneapolis$49,610
Saint Paul$49,610
Rochester$45,178
Duluth$44,245
Saint Cloud$44,002
Lakeville$49,302
Eden Prairie$49,526
Burnsville$49,470
Minnetonka$49,610
Moorhead$43,765

Contractors’ Bond Requirement

In Minnesota, HVAC contractors are called mechanical contractors and they need to pay a bond of $25,000.

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This is valid everywhere in the state for those doing gas piping, heating, ventilation, cooling, air conditioning, fuel burning or refrigeration work…

The bond must be filed with the state, and even the filing has a $15 fee.

The form for filing your bond can be found at this link.

Contractors also need a business license.

Those who work under a business name rather than their own names must also have this filed with the state.

Local Requirements

Various jurisdictions within Minnesota may have further licensing requirements.

For example, you’ll need a certificate of competency to work in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

This certificate is available at both journey and master levels and is obtained after you pass an exam.

To obtain it, you must file an application along with notarized documents from your previous employers that show your experience.

Once you submit these papers you can take the exam.

If you have no experience in the HVAC field, attending one of the following schools is a good place to start your new career.

In some cases, these schools can also help with finding an apprenticeship that can turn into a permanent position.

School NameAddress
Century College3300 Century Ave NWhite Bear Lake, Minnesota 55110
Dunwoody College of Technology818 Dunwoody BlvdMinneapolis, Minnesota 55403
Hennepin Technical College9000 Brooklyn BlvdBrooklyn Park, Minnesota 55445
Hibbing Community College-A Technical and Community College1515 E 25th StHibbing, Minnesota 55746
Minneapolis Community and Technical College1501 Hennepin AveMinneapolis, Minnesota 55403
Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical1250 Homer RdWinona, Minnesota 55987
Minnesota State Community and Technical College1414 College WayFergus Falls, Minnesota 56537
Minnesota West Community and Technical College1593 11th AveGranite Falls, Minnesota 56241
Northland Community and Technical College1101 Hwy One EastThief River Falls, Minnesota 56701
Rochester Community and Technical College851 30th Ave SERochester, Minnesota 55904
South Central College1920 Lee BlvdNorth Mankato, Minnesota 56003
St. Cloud Technical and Community College1540 Northway DriveSaint Cloud, Minnesota 56303

Make sure to consult the appropriate office in the jurisdiction where you expect to be working to learn more about the certifications you’ll need.

EPA Certification

According to Section 608 from the EPA, everyone working with measuring, recharging or recovering refrigerants must have an appropriate license.

This is a federal law that applies to all the territory of the USA.

Conclusion

If you live or work in Minnesota, it’s rather easy to enter the HVAC field.

However, you’ll have to make sure to stay updated on any regulation changes regarding the licensing requirements.

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