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 (c) 1-4 that allow certain HVAC work to be performed without having an HVAC Technician Certification.
The classifications and experience necessary to be certified, through July 1, 2016, without written examinations are listed below:
HVAC Technician means a person licensed to install, test, maintain and repair heating, ventilating and cooling systems. A person with at least two thousand (2,000) hours of experience and/or training working on heating, ventilating and cooling systems and at least six thousand (6,000) hours of experience and/or training in heating, ventilating and cooling or relating work, to include other metal industry tasks may be granted a license without examination until July 1, 2016.
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.
July 1, 2015 The Division will begin accepting and processing applications.
Effective July 2, 2016: All applicants must submit a copy of the required HVAC exam scores.
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