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Are you interested in getting an HVAC job in Virginia?

In that case, check out below for the training process and steps you need to take to get a license.

Virginia Certification Requirements

In Virginia, you can get one of the next licenses: journeyman, master, and contractor.

You can also get a type A, B or C contractor license.

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If you decide to take on a project over $1,000, you need a contractor license.

Before taking the exam, you will need to be approved by the board.

You don’t need the exam if you are licensed in another state, but a copy of your certification is required.

Journeyman certification requirements

To become a journeyman, you need to:

  • Have an experience of 2 years in the field and a 2-year degree from an HVAC program
  • An experience of 4 years and 240 hours of classroom education
  • An experience of 5 years and 160 hours of classroom education
  • An experience of 6 years and 80 hours of classroom education
  • One year of practical experience and a 2-year degree in engineering
  • A verified experience of 10 years in the industry

Requirements for a master certification

To get a master’s license, you will either need an experience of one year as a journeyman or 10 years of proven experience working in the industry.

Class A Contractor Certification Requirements

This license allows you to work on any type of HVAC task.

Requirements:

  • Finish a licensing course totaling 8 hours
  • Send in an application
  • Proof of 5 years of experience and a $45,000 net worth
  • Take the trade exams
  • Take the General, Advanced, and Law exams
  • Obtain insurance
  • Submit a $385 application fee

Class B Contractor Certification Requirements

This license allows you to work on projects not larger than $120,000 per project and $750,000 per year.

You also need to:

  • Finish a licensing course totaling 8 hours
  • Send in an application
  • Proof of 3 years of experience and a $15,000 net worth
  • Take the trade exams
  • Take the General, Advanced, and Law exams
  • Obtain insurance
  • Submit a $370 application fee

Class C Contractor Certification Requirements

This license allows you to work on projects not larger than $10,000 per project and $150,000 per year.

  • Finish a licensing course totaling 8 hours
  • Send in an application
  • Proof of 2 years of experience
  • Take the trade exams
  • Take the General, Advanced, and Law exams
  • Obtain insurance
  • Submit a $235 application fee

Below you can find places where to complete the educational requirements for these licenses.

School Name Address
Advanced Technology Institute 5700 Southern Blvd Ste 100 Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462
Central Virginia Community College 3506 Wards Rd Lynchburg, Virginia 24502
CET 6295 Edsall Rd, Plaza 500, Ste. 220 Alexandria, Virginia 22312
Dabney S Lancaster Community College 1000 Dabney Drive Clifton Forge, Virginia 24422
Danville Community College 1008 S Main St Danville, Virginia 24541
Eastern Shore Community College 29300 Lankford Hwy Melfa, Virginia 23410
Everest College 825 Greenbrier Circle Suite 100 Chesapeake, Virginia 23320
John Tyler Community College 13101 Jefferson Davis Hwy Chester, Virginia 23831
Lord Fairfax Community College 173 Skirmisher Lane Middletown, Virginia 22645
Mountain Empire Community College 3441 Mountain Empire Road Big Stone Gap, Virginia 24219
New River Community College 5251 College Drive Dublin, Virginia 24084
Northern Virginia Community College 4001 Wakefield Chapel Rd Annandale, Virginia 22003
Patrick Henry Community College 645 Patriot Avenue Martinsville, Virginia 24112
Paul D Camp Community College 100 N College Dr Franklin, Virginia 23851
Rappahannock Community College 12745 College Drive Glenns, Virginia 23149
Southside Virginia Community College 109 Campus Dr Alberta, Virginia 23821
Southwest Virginia Community College 369 College Road US Rt. 19, 6 Miles S. Claypool Hill Richlands, Virginia 24641
Thomas Nelson Community College 99 Thomas Nelson Drive Hampton, Virginia 23666
Tidewater Community College 121 College Place Norfolk, Virginia 23510
Tidewater Tech-Trades 5301 E Princess Anne Rd Norfolk, Virginia 23502
Virginia Highlands Community College 100 VHCC Drive Abingdon, Virginia 24212
Virginia Western Community College 3093 Colonial Ave Roanoke, Virginia 24015
Wytheville Community College 1000 E Main Street Wytheville, Virginia 24382

Applying process

Reach out to the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation State Board for Contractors at 1-804-367-8511.

The licensing exam

After you are approved to take the exam, you have to schedule it.

This exam is split into 2 sections, from which one is the vocational exam and the other is the statutory and regulatory test.

Virginia HVAC Exam Master + Journeyman

This exam has 85 questions and lasts for 3.5 hours.

For the journeyman test, you need to pay a $100 fee, while for the master exam the fee totals $125.

The journeyman exam requires a 60% passing score, and the master’s test needs a 64%.

The subjects include:

  • Warm air heating
  • Ventilation
  • Air conditioning
  • Ducts
  • Chimneys
  • Flues
  • Vents
  • Piping
  • Combustion air
  • Insulation
  • Refrigerants
  • Standards for conduct
  • Standards for practice
  • Fire safety
  • Licensure procedures

If you plan on obtaining the class A certification, you need to pass at least 2 other exams that cost $72 together.

If you take the 3 exams, the fee is $85.

Besides these exams, you also have to pass a specialty test.

Contractor Exam A + B

This test lasts for 48 minutes, has 24 questions and it requires a 75% score to pass.

The subjects cover regulations, board rules, codes, and transaction recovery fund.

General Section Exam A + B

This exam lasts for 100 minutes, has 50 questions and it requires a 70% score.

Subjects cover:

  • business organization,
  • estimation,
  • bidding,
  • project and contract management,
  • risk management,
  • general safety,
  • state labor laws,
  • fiscal responsibility,
  • taxes,
  • lien laws.

Advanced Class A Test

This test lasts for 60 minutes, has 24 questions and it requires a 71% score to pass.

Subjects cover:

  • business organization,
  • estimation,
  • bidding,
  • project and contract management,
  • risk management,
  • general safety,
  • state labor laws,
  • fiscal responsibility,
  • taxes, and
  • lien laws

Class C

There is no test for this class, but you are required to take a specialty exam.

HVAC job prospects

The average salary in Virginia is $47,370 a year while the income for the top 10% is around $52,633 per year.

These salaries are a little higher than the national ones which are $46,731 and $52,951 per year, respectively.

HVAC job prospects in Virginia keep increasing annually, which provides even more options for a successful career.

Annual Salary Range:
$41K
$46K
$52K
10%
50%
90%
Annual Salary by Location:
Location Avg. Annual Salary
Virginia Beach $44,675
Norfolk $44,002
Chesapeake $43,946
Arlington $51,717
Richmond $46,835
Newport News $43,778
Alexandria $51,717
Hampton $43,778
Roanoke $43,159
Portsmouth $44,002

Conclusion

Obtaining a certification will increase your chances of finding a well-paid job in the industry.

Becoming a contractor gives you the chance to start your own company, so it’s worth the time and effort put into training.

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