The HVAC industry is popular in New Jersey, and the salaries are some of the highest in the country.
In order to work in HVAC, you will need a contracting license.
Read on in order to learn info about HVAC contractor licenses in New Jersey and how you can get one.
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Why You Should Get a License
In order to start your own business and get better paid in New Jersey, you should consider a contractor license.
This will also help you carry out your HVAC projects in a professional manner.
You can become a contractor in 2 ways:
- Having experience as a journeyman in other states
- Becoming an HVAC technician in New Jersey.
You will need to be at least 21 and have the following work experience:
- A year of practical experience and a bachelor’s degree in HVACR
- 3 years of practical experience and a bachelor’s degree in an HVAC related industry
- Having completed an HVAC program in a trade school will count as 2 years of work experience
You can still apply for a Master HVACR Contractor license if you have been an HVACR apprentice for 4 years or have an experience of 5 years as an HVACR contractor.
You will also need to pay a $100 fee to take the exam.
You will have to submit a $3000 bond to the state board upon passing the exam and wait 6 months to retake it if you haven’t passed the first time.
You will need to renew your license once at 2 years, during which further training is required.
The tests are held 4 times every year.
Taxes And Insurance
Once you become a contractor and are ready to start a business, the insurance you take should not be less than $500,000.
You will need to submit proof of insurance to the State Board.
A Federal Tax Identification Number is also required for submission before getting your license.
The median salary in the United States is $46,648 per year for those working in the HVAC field, while in New Jersey they can make on average, $51,574 per year.
Those with more experience can make around $52,858 per year across the country, and $58,440 per year in New Jersey.Annual Salary Range:
|Location||Avg. Annual Salary|
If you do not meet the requirements for your license, you will have to take additional classes.
The schools below can help in this regard.
|Fortis Institute||201 Willowbrook Blvd. Wayne, New Jersey 07470|
|Hohokus School-RETS Nutley||103 Park Ave Nutley, New Jersey 07110|
|Lincoln Technical Institute||70 McKee Dr Mahwah, New Jersey 07430|
|Mercer County Community College||1200 Old Trenton Rd West Windsor, New Jersey 08550|
|Monmouth County Vocational School District||105 Neptune Boulevard Neptune, New Jersey 07753|
|Ocean County Vocational-Technical School||137 Bey Lea Rd Toms River, New Jersey 08753|
|Pennco Tech||99 Erial Road Blackwood, New Jersey 08012|
|Raritan Valley Community College||118 Lamington Road Branchburg, New Jersey 08876|
|Union County Vocational-Technical School||1776 Raritan Rd Scotch Plains, New Jersey 07076|
Make sure you are well prepared for the exam in order to avoid waiting 6 months to take it again.
Read the full guide: How to Become an HVAC Technician