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HVAC Schools in Texas

Texas HVAC licenses are not much different than in other states, but the state offers 2 types of certification:

  • one for environmental air conditioning
  • one for commercial refrigeration and process cooling or heating.

In order to get the HVAC license, you will need to pass an exam and finish a related program.

Read on for the things you need to know regarding licensing.

HVAC Licenses in Texas

Class A and B licenses enable you to work in heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration.
The first type allows you to work on systems of any size, while the second one is for units lighter than 25 tons.

You can choose to take the certification program online or offline, by contacting the schools below.

School NameAddress
Austin Community College District5930 Middle Fiskville RdAustin, Texas 78752
Cedar Valley College3030 North Dallas AveLancaster, Texas 75134
Central Texas College6200 West Central Texas ExpresswayKilleen, Texas 76549
Cisco College101 College HeightsCisco, Texas 76437
Clarendon College1122 College DriveClarendon, Texas 79226
Del Mar College101 Baldwin Blvd.Corpus Christi, Texas 78404
Eastfield College3737 Motley DrMesquite, Texas 75150
El Paso Community College9050 Viscount BlvdEl Paso, Texas 79925
Everest College300 Six Flags DriveArlington, Texas 76011
Everest Institute9100 US Hwy 290 East, Bldg 1-Ste 100Austin, Texas 78724
Galveston College4015 Ave QGalveston, Texas 77550
Grayson College6101 Grayson DriveDenison, Texas 75020
Houston Community College3100 Main StreetHouston, Texas 77002
Kaplan College1900 North ExpresswayBrownsville, Texas 78521
Kilgore College1100 BroadwayKilgore, Texas 75662
Lamar Institute of Technology855 E LavacaBeaumont, Texas 77705
Laredo Community CollegeWest End Washington StLaredo, Texas 78040
Lee College511 S WhitingBaytown, Texas 77520
Lincoln College of Technology2915 Alouette DriveGrand Prairie, Texas 75052
Lone Star College System5000 Research Forest DriveThe Woodlands, Texas 77381
North Lake College5001 North MacArthur Blvd.Irving, Texas 75038
Paris Junior College2400 Clarksville StParis, Texas 75460
San Jacinto Community College8060 Spencer HwyPasadena, Texas 77501
South Plains College1401 S. College AveLevelland, Texas 79336
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute734 SE MilitarySan Antonio, Texas 78216
Southwest Texas Junior College2401 Garner Field RdUvalde, Texas 78801

These licenses are also known as TACLA and TACLB, which are abbreviations for “Texas Air Conditioning License (Class) A” and Texas Air Conditioning License (Class) B.”.

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HVAC License Requirements in Texas

The requirements are:

  • Be 18 years of age
  • Become registered as an ACR tech
  • An experience of 4 years in HVAC systems while being supervised by a licensed tech
  • Submit an application for the ACR contractors test
  • Choose the license type
  • Take the ACR contractors license test

To take the HVAC license exam, you need to be 18 years old, have 3 years of experience and pay a $115 fee.

After you get licensed, you will need to get proper liability insurance before starting a project.

ACR Certification Exam

In order to take the exam, you first need to be approved, after which you can schedule it with the PSI.

Class A Exams include 120 questions and last for 4 hours
Class B Exams include 100 questions and have a duration of 3 hours.

This exam requires a 70% passing score.

The topics covered in the exam are:

  • absorption systems,
  • basic refrigeration components,
  • boilers,
  • business and law,
  • combustion air,
  • controls,
  • design and responsibility,
  • equipment requirements,
  • heat loads,
  • HVAC systems,
  • piping,
  • pressure relief protection,
  • refrigeration principles,
  • service,
  • testing,
  • ventilation and venting.

The environmental air tests feature similar questions but focused more on the environment.

Career opportunities

Texas’ HVAC job prospects will see a 30% increase in the following years.

The median salary in Texas is $45,889 per year, with the range reaching $51,996 per year for the top-paid technicians.

The median salary across the country is $46,731 per year, with the range reaching $52,951 per year for the top-paid technicians.

Annual Salary Range:
$40K
$45K
$51K
10%
50%
90%
Annual Salary by Location:
LocationAvg. Annual Salary
Houston$47,899
San Antonio$45,441
Dallas$46,280
Austin$45,960
Fort Worth$45,535
El Paso$40,874
Arlington$45,460
Corpus Christi$43,338
Plano$46,081
Laredo$41,390

Conclusion

If you get trained and develop your skills, you will be able to start a successful career in this lucrative industry.

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