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HVAC Schools in New Jersey

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.

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:

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  1. Having experience as a journeyman in other states
  2. Becoming an HVAC technician in New Jersey.

Contractor Requirements

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.

Exam Requirements

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.

Salary Expectations

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:
$45K
$51K
$58K
10%
50%
90%
Annual Salary by Location:
LocationAvg. Annual Salary
Newark$53,272
Jersey City$56,444
Paterson$53,785
Elizabeth$53,272
Lakewood Township$53,130
Edison$52,339
Woodbridge Township$52,339
Toms River$52,355
Clifton$53,785
Trenton$52,712

Education

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.

School NameAddress
Fortis Institute201 Willowbrook Blvd.Wayne, New Jersey 07470
Hohokus School-RETS Nutley103 Park AveNutley, New Jersey 07110
Lincoln Technical Institute70 McKee DrMahwah, New Jersey 07430
Mercer County Community College1200 Old Trenton RdWest Windsor, New Jersey 08550
Monmouth County Vocational School District105 Neptune BoulevardNeptune, New Jersey 07753
Ocean County Vocational-Technical School137 Bey Lea RdToms River, New Jersey 08753
Pennco Tech99 Erial RoadBlackwood, New Jersey 08012
Raritan Valley Community College118 Lamington RoadBranchburg, New Jersey 08876
Union County Vocational-Technical School1776 Raritan RdScotch Plains, New Jersey 07076

Make sure you are well prepared for the exam in order to avoid waiting 6 months to take it again.

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