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Arkansas is experiencing climate control issues, so now, the demand for HVAC technicians is skyrocketing.

In fact, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) (May 2021), out of the 356,960 employed HVAC technicians nationwide, 3,560 are from Arkansas.

And this number will grow by 5% until the end of 2030.

So if you’re up for a highly technical career, then this one may be suitable for you.

Read on to learn more about this rapidly growing profession.

HVAC Programs in Arkansas

In such a highly technical career, proper education and training are necessary and can’t be overlooked.

The table below shows some of Arkansas’s HVAC training schools that you can check out.

16 HVAC Schools in Arkansas

School NameAddress
Ashworth College | Online Training for HVAC6625 The Corners Pkwy NW #500, Norcross, GA 30092
Arkansas Northestern College2501 S. Division, Blytheville, AR 72315
Arkansas Technical University1605 Coliseum Drive, Russellville, AR 72801
Askins Vo-Tech7716 Hwy 271 South, Fort Smith, AR 72908
ASU Technical CampusPO Box 909, Searcy, AR 72145
Cotton Boll Technical InstitutePO Box 36, Burdette, AR 72321
Crowleys Ridge Vo-Tech SchoolPO Box 925, Forrest City, AR 72335
hvacredu.net (Online Training)P.O. Box 77, Heron, MT 59844
National Park Community College101 College Drive, Hot Springs National Park, AR 71913
North Arkansas College1320 N. Spring Road, Harrison, AR 72601
Northwest Technical Institute709 South Old Missouri Road, Springdale, AR 72765
Phillips Community CollegeCampus Drive, Helena, AR 72342
Pulaski Vo-Tech3000 West Scenic Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72118
Southeast Arkansas College1900 Hazel Street, Pine Bluff, AR 71603
Ultimate Technical Academy6108 Getty Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72117
University of Arkansas Community College2500 South Main, Hope, AR 72601

How to Get Licensed in Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Labor and Licensing’s HVAC/R Licensing Board requires all its HVAC professionals to be licensed.

Classification of Licenses

There are 6 licensing classes you can apply for:

ClassService CoverageLicense FeesQualifications
APerform HVAC/R work with unlimited BTUH or horsepower (HP) capacity$200 annually

Must be at least 18 years old

Submit duly accomplished prescribed forms by the Board

Successfully pass the licensure exam

Proof of at least 2 years of HVAC/R contractor experience or as an employee of an HVAC/R contractor

  • If N/A, then copies of transcripts from a Board-approved HVAC/R educational training or experience
B

Perform HVAC/R work on…

  • AC systems with up to 15-ton cooling capacity per unit or 1 million BTUH heating input per unit
  • Refrigeration systems with up to 15 HP per unit
$150 annually
C

In the business of HVAC/R service and repair (but don’t install any original or replace any existing HVAC/R equipment)

Perform work on…

  • AC systems with up to 15-ton cooling capacity per unit or 1 million BTUH heating input per unit
  • Refrigeration systems with up to 15 HP per unit
$100 annually
D

Perform sheetmetal work relevant to HVAC/R ductwork

Do not sell, install, and service HVAC/R equipment and systems

$150 annually
E

Perform refrigeration work

Do not sell, install, and service heating and AC equipment used for the treatment of air for human comfort requirements

$150 annually
L

Lifetime license to perform HVAC/R service and maintenance on…

  • AC systems with up to 15-ton cooling capacity per unit or 1 million BTUH heating input per unit
  • Refrigeration systems with up to 15 HP per unit

Do not install any original or replace any existing HVAC/R equipment

No charge

Must be at least 65 years old

Previously eligible for a Class A to E license

 

In applying for the license, the Board will charge a $25 nonrefundable registration fee.

Licensing by Examination

The Department and the Board have approved Prov to proctor the HVAC/R Contractor Licensure Exam.

But before you can sit for the exam, the Board has to pre-approve your application.

If they approve you for testing, then Prov will schedule your exam, which you’ll be eligible to take for 1 year.

Here are the details for the exam:

  • Class A – 100-item test to be completed within 4 hours
  • Class B (also available in Spanish) – 50-item test to be completed within 3 hours
  • Class C – 40-item test to be completed within 2 hours
  • Class D – 60-item test to be completed within 3 hours
  • Class E – 60-item test to be completed within 3 hours

The exam is open book, allowing you to use authorized reference materials at the testing center.

At the end of the exam, you should get at least a 70% score to pass.

Test passers will have their results automatically sent to the Department and the Board by Prov.

For those who didn’t pass, you have until the end of the eligibility period to retake the exam without limits.

Licensing by Reciprocity

As of this writing, the Department and the Board haven’t announced any reciprocal licensing agreements with any other state.

Continuing Education

Pursuing continuing education is a requirement for license renewal.

You must complete at least 4 CE hours per calendar year, of which…

  • 2 CE hours will be for the mechanical code adopted by the Board
  • 2 CE hours for any Board-approved instruction

EPA Certification

In addition to the state license, you need to get the EPA Section 608 Technician Certification.

It’s a mandatory certification required by the Clean Air Act for all technicians working with refrigerants.

You can learn more about this certification here.

Potential Salary

With a high demand for HVAC technicians, you can definitely earn a competitive salary.

According to BLS (May 2021), the salary ranges from $29,000 to $59,000, with an average of $41,880 annually.

Take a look at the table below for the salaries offered in some of Arkansas’s cities.

Annual Salary Range:
$29K
$41K
$59K

Average Salary of HVAC Techs in Arkansas

City NameSalary
Little Rock$43,430
Fort Smith$40,452
North Little Rock$43,430
Fayetteville$41,817
Jonesboro$43,878
Pine Bluff$41,822
Springdale$41,817
Conway$43,010
Rogers$42,565
Hot Springs$43,010
* Salary information last updated 2022

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