Has the title of a HVAC technician always sounded pleasant to your ear?
Have you considered becoming a HVAC technician, but you are already a technician?
Are you on a lookout for HVAC education, training a licensing?
Well, this article will supply you with all the necessary information that you need about HVAC industry in Alaska.
While you may not need a license in order to begin your HVAC technician career in Alaska, the license and the following information will inform you on how to become the highest-earning technician in Alaska.
A HVAC technician’s salary depends on his abilities and the license and certification the technician holds.
It can vary significantly based on the set of skills you possess. Take a look at the salary table for more information on the HVAC salaries.Annual Salary Range:
Average Salary of HVAC Techs in Alaska
It does not matter if you are applying for the license by the means of a in-state examination or by the means of prior credentials.
The process of acquiring the license is technically the same.
One is an eligible candidate for the examination only if he or she has priorly passed their exam and hold a license in another state.
The following is a list of procedures that an applicant needs to meet.
These procedures are aimed both at the applicants who need to take the exam and those with established credentials who need to supply proof of out-of-state examination.
Basic License Procedures:
- Pay $250 filing fee
- Submit a completed application identifying license category
- Take and pass an examination, or prove credentials
- Submit evidence of insurance, liability and workers comp; a surety bond of $5,000 required.
- Send college, university, or trade school transcripts from a regionally-accredited or approved by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
- Provide resume detailing education and experience within the field of the license category identified on the application
- Offer a notarized certificate in support of experience, skills, and qualifications sent to the department from three separate persons who are:
- Employed in the mechanical industry in any state
- Have direct personal knowledge of applicant’s work experience and can speak to qualifications
- Are able to verify that the applicant has obtained within the past 12 months a score of at least 70 percent on the mechanical administrator examination administered by Experior Assessments LLC or by the department
- Comply with biennial reviews once license is received
As was mentioned previously there are certain schools that supply HVAC training.
If you want to gain a HVAC certification or attain a license, then you’d be best advised to look at the programs that these schools have to offer.
8 HVAC Schools in Alaska
|Ashworth College||6625 The Corners Pkwy NW #500, Norcross, GA 30092|
|Alaska Technical Center||PO Box 51, Kotzebue, AK 99752|
|Alaska Vocational Technical Center||PO Box 889, Seward, AK 99664|
|hvacredu.net (Online Training) - Any Location in the U.S.||P.O. Box 77, Heron, MT 59844|
|Kodiak College||117 Benny Brown Drive, Kodiak, AK 99615|
|Mantanuska-Susitna Community College||PO Box 2889, Palmer, AK 99645|
|Charter College||2221 E Northern Lights Blvd #120, Anchorage, AK 99508|
|University of Alaska||910 Yukon Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99775|
Licensure By Examination
In order to take the exam for Alaska Mechanical Administrator license, you have to both schedule and take the Mechanical Administrator exam, and pass the exam and supply proof of the passing score to the department.
If the department thinks that it is necessary for you to supply additional documentation, they have the right to do so.
The Mechanical Administrator Exam
In the Mechanical Administrator Exam, the applicant is expected to show the following:
- Ability to understand plans, design specs, and engineering terms
- Knowledge of mechanical installations and piping
- Familiarity with codes currently in effect in Alaska (Uniform Plumbing Code, Uniform Solar Energy Code, Uniform Mechanical Code etc.)
- Personal skill and ability
The exam is held two times a year at an approved testing site. The candidate needs to achieve a minimum score of 70% to pass the exam.
Licensure by Credentials
In case that you already hold a HVAC technician license in another state, there you may be absolved from the exam.
However, you have to meet the following conditions:
- Verify current, active license from another state, sent directly to the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing from the equivalent office in your state of licensing.
- Verify that you have passed an examination in another state. Again, proof must be sent directly from the other state’s relevant office to the Alaska division.
As it is the case with the licensure through examination, the department has the authority to ask for any additional documentation it deems necessary.
To be able to work with refrigerants, under federal law you must have EPA Certification under Section 608.
This certifies that you are able to work with hazardous refrigerants on a national level.
Due to the fact that none of the states requires it, it showcases your knowledge, skill, and the initiative you are ready to take on in this field.
It is required, however, that you pass the EPA-approved test.
Since the job market is experiencing a growing demand for technicians, it is crucial that you look at your options for certification and licensure as a technician or contractor.
If you want to become the top-earning technician, which currently earns about $80,000, then prove the credentials, and schedule the exam.