HVAC Technician Certification FAQ

​Can I perform HVAC work if I have a current WV contractor license with the HVAC classification?
No, effective January 1, 2016, each person performing HVAC work must have an HVAC Technician Certification.  For example, if there are three (3) HVAC Technicians working on a job they each must have an HVAC Technician Certification and their employer must have a contractor license with a classification which covers the HVAC work.

Am I required to have an HVAC Technician Certification if I bid on and receive the contract on a HVAC project but sub-contract the actual HVAC work or my employees perform the work?
No, an HVAC Technician Certification is only needed for the person who is performing the HVAC work.

Do my five (5) employees performing HVAC work on a residential home need HVAC Technician Certifications?
Yes, all persons performing or offering to perform HVAC work are required to have an HVAC Technician Certification.  (HVAC Technician or Technician in Training)

How many Technicians in Training can I have on a project?
For each Technician in Training there must be a Technician performing direct supervision.

What is considered HVAC work?
HVAC work means to install, maintain, alter, remodel or repair one or more components of a heating, ventilating and cooling system.

Are there exemptions?
Yes, a certification is not required to perform HVAC work in the following settings, see §21-16-3 (c) 1-4.
1. A person who personally performs work on an HVAC system in a home owned by that person or a home of an immediate family member;
2. At a manufacturing / industrial facility as an employee;
3. A person performing electrical or plumbing work on an HVAC system so long as the work is within the scope of practice which the person is otherwise licensed or authorized to perform;
4. A person who performs routine maintenance as a direct employee of the person, firm or corporation that owns or operates the facility where the HVAC system equipment is located.

How much is the initial certification?
Technician - $75.00
Technician in Training - $50.00

When do I renew my HVAC Technician Certification?
The expiration date is listed on your certification card.  In addition, you will receive a renewal form approximately 45 days in advance of the expiration date.

How much do I pay when I renew my certification?
Technician - $75.00
Technician in Training - $50.00

Do I have to test in order to acquire a HVAC Technician Certification?
All applicants on or before July 1, 2016 can acquire a certification without examination, however applicants must certify their HVAC experience by documentation or a sworn affidavit during the certification process.  A written exam will be required after July 1, 2016.

Who will be giving the written test and what examination do I need to take?
ProV – 200 Association Drive, Suite 190 – Charleston, WV 25311
(866) 720-7768 or (304) 414-0190 Ext. 4

The HVAC examination is the only test that will be accepted.  There is an examination fee.

If an entity acquires an HVAC Technician Certification, does it cover all employees?
No, an HVAC Technician Certification can only be issued to a person and not to an entity.  It allows only the person identified on the card to perform HVAC work.

What documentation will be accepted for the experience in order to classify as an HVAC Technician?
A variety of documentation will be accepted including information from previous employers, pay stubs, W-2’s, records from consumers for whom you performed HVAC work or similar documents.

What is the difference between an HVAC Technician Certification and the HVAC classification on a Contractor’s License?
All persons performing HVAC work in the State of West Virginia are required to have an HVAC Technician Certification, regardless of the dollar amount of the job or the individual’s affiliation with a licensed contractor.

HVAC work which is $2,500.00 or more (material & labor for entire project, not just the HVAC work) requires the individual / company to obtain a Contractor License with a classification that covers HVAC work.  This requires HVAC and WV Business & Law exam scores.
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