If you live in the state of Alabama and are considering a career as an HVAC technician, this page will provide you with some Alabama specific facts and some information on getting your HVAC License in Alabama. An HVAC career presents a great opportunity and good paying job for those wanting to work in Alabama, as per The United States Department of Labor Statistics, the median wage for HVAC professionals in the state was $37,600 in 2012.
Alabama HVAC Licensing Requirements
HVAC licensing in Alabama is administered by the Alabama State Board of Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Contractors. This board offers three licensing option to prospective HVAC professionals:
- Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor License
- General Contractor License
- Refrigeration License
Applicants are required to pass a state exam in their area of expertise. The exam is a written exam, but all applicants that do not pass the written exam will be given the opportunity to take a practical exam as long as the practical is taken within 6 months of the written one.
Definitely make sure that once you set your exam date that you will be able to take your exam on your scheduled date. Not only are exam registration fees non-refundable, but it you fail to make it to your scheduled exam time, you are not allowed to sit for the exam again for a period of one year.
Licensing costs will always vary from state to state. In Alabama, the Heating and Air Conditioning License as well as the Refrigeration License has testing fees that run from $150 to $350. New licenses cost $165 and it’s an additional $165 per year to renew. An inactive license costs $82.50 per year to maintain The General Contractor’s License has a $300 application and license fee and a $200 annual renewal fee.
State to State Reciprocity
The state of Alabama has a reciprocity agreement with the following states:
- Louisiana – Licensing Board for Contractors
- Mississippi – State Board of Contractors
- Tennessee – Board for Licensing Contractors
What this means is that if you are already licensed in one of these three states, you can become licensed to work in Alabama without repeating the same testing and licensing process. For a complete review of Alabama’s HVAC licensing reciprocity process, follow this link.
What You Need to Do to Prepare
If you want to get ready for the licensing process, enrolling in HVAC training classes is the next logical step. If you do decide to take that step here’s a little of what you can expect to study along the way:
- Air conditioning and refrigeration
- Boiler installation, maintenance and safety
- Instruction on water treatment
- Electrical wiring, safety and troubleshooting
- Steam system installation, repair and maintenance
- Pumping system installation, repair and maintenance
- Welding instruction
- Plumbing and Pipefitting
How to Get Started
Interested in an HVAC career and are ready to learn more? If you think that HVAC classes are just what you need to get an edge on the competition, then there is no reason to wait any longer. If you want to learn more about HVAC schools and classes near you, use the search feature at the top of this page.