HVAC technicians are in high demand in Oklahoma, making this a good career to consider.
This article will guide you through the process of getting licensed and start working.
Article Table of Contents
- 1 Income
- 2 Become An Apprentice
- 3 HVAC/R Journeyman and Contractor Licenses
- 4 License Requirements
- 5 Examination Process
- 6 License Renewal
- 7 Conclusion
In Oklahoma, the median yearly salary is $43,927 with the median one at the top of $49,774 per year.
The average salary in the United States is $46,731 per year, while the average at the top is $52,951 per year.
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Become An Apprentice
The apprenticeship period is the first one in all trades.
In Oklahoma, all apprentices must be registered to ensure they attend an accredited program with a legitimate master.
- At least 14 years old
- Have the right to work in the USA
- Be able to work
Having the right to work in the USA means being here legally, and for this, you’ll have to provide a notarized form.
Registration as an apprentice means you’ll receive a car for which you’ll pay $25.
This card is valid for 1 year and renewing it costs $20.
At this stage there is no testing you need to pass, however, the contractor you’ll work under, has to fill out a form and be licensed.
These schools can provide the classroom education you need for this step.
|Autry Technology Center||1201 W WillowEnid, Oklahoma 73703|
|Caddo Kiowa Technology Center||1415 N. 7th StreetFort Cobb, Oklahoma 73038|
|Canadian Valley Technology Center||6505 E Hwy 66El Reno, Oklahoma 73036|
|Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center||4601 N Choctaw RdChoctaw, Oklahoma 73020|
|Gordon Cooper Technology Center||1 John C Bruton BlvdShawnee, Oklahoma 74804|
|Great Plains Technology Center||4500 W Lee BlvdLawton, Oklahoma 73505|
|Indian Capital Technology Center||2403 N 41st St EMuskogee, Oklahoma 74403|
|Kiamichi Technology Center||1509 S McKennaPoteau, Oklahoma 74953|
|Meridian Technology Center||1312 S Sangre RdStillwater, Oklahoma 74074|
|Mid-America Technology Center||27438 State Hwy 59Wayne, Oklahoma 73095|
|Mid-Del Technology Center||1621 Maple DrMidwest City, Oklahoma 73110|
|Moore Norman Technology Center||4701 12th Avenue NWNorman, Oklahoma 73069|
|Red River Technology Center||3300 W Bois D ArcDuncan, Oklahoma 73533|
|Southern Oklahoma Technology Center||2610 Sam Noble PkyArdmore, Oklahoma 73401|
|Tulsa Technology Center||3420 S Memorial DriveTulsa, Oklahoma 74145|
|Vatterott College||4343 S. 118th E. Ave, Suite ATulsa, Oklahoma 74146|
|Wes Watkins Technology Center||7892 Highway 9Wetumka, Oklahoma 74883|
HVAC/R Journeyman and Contractor Licenses
The Construction Industries Board issues licenses for HVAC/R journeymen and contractors.
There are 2 main licenses with several categories each.
HVAC Limited Journeyman or Limited Contractor
As the name suggests, this certification limits you when it comes to the work you’re allowed to perform.
For instance, you can only work on systems up to 25 tons if their purpose is that of cooling.
If you work on heating systems, they can’t go over 500,000 Btu/h per appliance.
Refrigeration, natural gas piping, and sheet metal are other areas of work allowed by this license.
HVAC Unlimited Journeyman or Unlimited Contractor
As the name suggests, the above restrictions don’t apply to the holders of this certification.
Limited Residential Journeyman
With this certification, you can only work on:
- detached one- or two-family dwellings
- townhouse-type dwellings with a maximum of 3 levels
- cooling systems under 5 tons
- heating systems under 150,000 Btu/h
- installing related accessories – clothes dryer ventilation, kitchen vent hoods, or exhaust fans
Be careful when accepting work as you cannot perform work:
- on apartment houses or buildings
- that involves welding, soldering or brazing; fuel gas piping, or final electrical connections.
This certification is not available for contractors, so those who want to work on residential properties need the Limited Contractor license.
Refrigeration Journeyman or Refrigeration Contractor
For this license, you also need to have the Section 608 certification if you want to work with refrigerants, as it allows you to perform work on refrigeration systems, equipment or products.
Section 608 certification is required by federal law, all over the country.
To get the license in the HVAC/R field in this state, you have to meet these requirements:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Prove 3 years of experience in the field
- Any of the education and experience combinations from below:
- Associate’s degree with at least 1,000 hours of an educational program and 1 year of experience;
- Vocational diploma with at least 500 hours of an educational program, and 2 years experience;
- Vocational diploma with a minimum of 375 hours of an educational program, plus 2 ¼ years of experience;
- Vocational diploma with a minimum of 334 hours of an educational program, and 2 ⅓ years of experience;
- Vocational diploma with at least 250 hours of an educational program, and 2 ½ years of experience
The following situations could also be used:
- Equivalent experience in the US military;
- Have a verifiable out-of-state license in HVAC that:
- is current,
- is in good standing,
- meets the qualifications listed above for training and experience
To complete the required education, you can contact and enroll in any of the schools mentioned earlier.
You have to pass an exam for which you submit an application once you’re sure you meet the requirements.
Make sure to pay the fees as well: $75 for journeyman and $330 for a contractor.
Contractor – Extra Requirements
Those who wish to become contractors must gain 1 year of experience as journeymen.
They also have to provide:
- $5,000 surety bond
- liability insurance of $50,000
- workers’ compensation
If your above application gets approved, you’ll be instructed to contact PSI Exams to receive more details regarding the exam, including its location, date, and the materials you can use to study.
The Board recommends the following materials:
- Oklahoma Fine Schedule of the Construction Industries Board, Oklahoma Code, Title 158, Chapter 10, Oklahoma Construction Industries Board
- Oklahoma Worker’s Compensation Act, Oklahoma Statutes, Title 85, Oklahoma Construction Industries Board
- Oklahoma Rules of Workers’ Compensation Court, Oklahoma Statutes, Title 85, Chapter 4, Appendix, Oklahoma Construction Industries Board
- Oklahoma Mechanical Licensing Act, Oklahoma Statutes, Title 59, Chapter 43A, Oklahoma Construction Industries Board
- Oklahoma Mechanical Industry Regulations, Oklahoma Code, Title 158, Chapter 50, Oklahoma Construction Industries Board
- Oklahoma Lien Law, Oklahoma Statutes, Title 42, Chapter 3, Oklahoma Construction Industries Board
All the exams are open-book, you need to score over 70% to pass and below you can see for how long they last and the number of questions for each:
- Journeyman Limited: 60 questions and 180 minutes
- Journeyman Unlimited: 70 questions and 180 minutes
- Contractor Limited: 80 questions and 210 minutes
- Contractor Unlimited: 90 questions and 240 minutes
- Refrigeration Contractor: 80 questions and 210 minutes
These are the topics in the exams:
- Electrical Knowledge and Controls
- Natural Gas Air Distribution Systems
- Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Systems
- Heating Systems Safety
- Refrigeration Contractor
- Electrical Knowledge and Controls
- Refrigeration Equipment and Components
- Refrigeration Systems Operations
Both journeymen and contractors must pass the state’s Business and Law Exam.
Every 3 years you must renew your license.
The costs are:
- Journeyman: $75
- Contractor: $200; if you delay by more than a month, you’ll have to pay $300.
Every 3 years you’ll have to also complete 6 continuing-education credits to keep your license, and the Board will send you a list of approved classes.
Oklahoma may not be the easiest place to become a HAVC technician, however, the trade is in high demand and will continue to rise in popularity, so now it’s a good time to consider this to be your new career.