West Virginia Law requires the certification of HVAC Technicians. Effective January 1, 2016, no person may perform or offer to perform heating, ventilating and cooling system work in West Virginia without a certification issued by the West Virginia Division of Labor. Working without a proper certification may result in the issuance of a cease and desist order. There are exemptions listed in §21-16-3 (d) 1-4 that allow certain HVAC work to be performed without having an HVAC Technician Certification.
The classifications and experience are listed below:
HVAC Technician means a person with at least 2,000 hours of HVAC-related work, training, and experience and is licensed to install, test, maintain, and repair both residential and nonresidential heating, ventilating, and cooling systems.
HVAC Residential Technician means a person licensed to install, test, maintain, and repair residential heating, ventilating, and cooling systems: Provided, That such persons may perform work on nonresidential heating, ventilating, and cooling systems subject to rules promulgated by the Commissioner pursuant to §21-16-3 of this code.
Technician in Training means a person with interest in and an aptitude for performing installation, maintenance and repair work to a heating, ventilating and cooling system as defined in this article, but who alone is not capable or authorized to perform heating, ventilating and cooling system work unless directly supervised by an HVAC Technician.
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