As of May 2021, Connecticut has employed 4,360 HVAC professionals.
This number will increase more for the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projected a 5% overall employment growth for this profession.
This just proves how in-demand HVAC technicians are across the country.
So if you’re interested, this page will help you learn how to become a licensed HVAC professional in Connecticut.
HVAC Programs in Connecticut
Your journey toward the HVAC career starts with finding a suitable HVAC program.
Enrolling in a program will help you best prepare for the trade and the certification and licensure exams.
A program will take 6 months to 2 years to complete, teaching topics such as:
- Installation, repair, and troubleshooting of HVAC systems
- Diagnose and fix problems in electronic controls, ducts, motors, and other parts
- Conduct inspections and perform preventive maintenance
- Compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations
Take a look at the table below for the accredited HVAC schools in Connecticut you can consider.
24 HVAC Schools in Connecticut
|Ashworth College | Online Training for HVAC||6625 The Corners Pkwy NW #500, Norcross, GA 30092|
|A Lincoln Technical Institute||97 Newberry Road, East Windsor, CT 06088|
|Bristol Technical Education Center||431 Minor Street, Bristol, CT 06010|
|Cheney Vo Tech School||791 W. Middle Turnpike, Manchester, CT 06040|
|Connecticut School of Electronics||221 W. Main Street, Lakeview Center, CT 06405|
|E C Goodwin RVTS||735 Slater Road, New Britain, CT 06053|
|Eli Whitney Technical School||71 Jones Road, Hamden, CT 06514|
|Emmett O'Brien Technical School||141 Prindle Avenue, Ansonia, CT 06401|
|Grasso Regional Technical School||189 Fort Hill Road, Groton, CT 06340|
|Henry Abbott RVTS||Hayestown Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810|
|hvacredu.net (Online Training)||P.O. Box 77, Heron, MT 59844|
|ICPA-Independent CT Petro Association||10 Alcamp Ridge, Cromwell, CT 06416|
|Industrial Management and Training Institute (IMTI)||233 Mill Street, Waterbury, CT 06706|
|Kaynor Technical School||43 Tompkins Street, Waterbury, CT 06708|
|Lincoln Technical Institute - East Windsor||97 Newberry Rd, East Windsor, CT 06088|
|New England Technical Institute||200 John Downey Drive, New Britain, CT 06051|
|Norwich Regional Vo-Tech School||590 New London Turnpike, Norwich, CT 06360|
|Oliver Wolcott Technical School||75 Oliver Street, Torrington, CT 06790|
|Platt Regional Vocational School||120 Ayers Street, Milford, CT 06460|
|Porter and Chester Institute||156 Boston Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06610|
|Prince Regional Technical School||500 Brookfield Street, Hartford, CT 06106|
|Vinal Technical School||60 Daniels Street, Middletown, CT 06457|
|Wilcox Technical School||Oregon Road, Meriden, CT 06450|
|Windham Technical School||210 Birch Street, Willimantic, CT 06226|
How to Get Licensed in Connecticut
The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) oversees the licenses for HVAC technicians and contractors.
There are 20 Heating, Piping, and Cooling Licenses, as shown below.
For HVAC journeymen:
- B-2 Limited Gas and Oil Burner Journeyperson (for domestic and light commercial installations)
- B-4 Limited Gas and Oil Burner Journeyperson (for any gas or oil-fired burners)
- D-2 Limited Warm Air, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Journeyperson
- D-4 Limited Cooling Journeyperson License
- G-2 Limited Heating, Piping, and Cooling Journeyperson
- S-2 Unlimited Heating, Piping, and Cooling Journeyperson
- S-4 Limited Heating, Cooling, and Piping Journeyperson
- S-6 Limited Heating, Hot Water, and Steam Journeyperson
- S-8 Limited Journeyperson
- S-10 Limited Heating Cooling Journeyperson
For HVAC contractors:
- B-1 Limited Gas and Oil Burner Contractor (for domestic and light commercial installations)
- B-3 Limited Gas and Oil Burner Contractor (for any gas or oil-fired burners)
- D-1 Limited Warm Air, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Contractor
- D-3 Limited Cooling Contractor License
- G-1 Limited Heating, Piping, and Cooling Contractor
- S-1 Unlimited Heating, Piping, and Cooling Contractor
- S-3 Limited Heating, Cooling, and Piping Contractor
- S-5 Limited Heating, Hot Water, and Steam Contractor
- S-7 Limited Contractor
- S-9 Limited Heating Cooling Contractor
Taking the Licensure Exam
The DCP has contracted with PSI to administer the exams for the occupational licensing of heating, piping, and cooling trades.
To be eligible for the licensure exam, you must meet the following qualifications:
- For HVAC journeymen – completion of a registered apprenticeship program or equivalent experience and training
- For HVAC contractors – at least 2 years as a licensed journeyman or equivalent experience and training
Once you’re eligible, you can submit an exam application to PSI with these requirements:
- Completed, signed, and dated forms
- Occupational Trade License Application
- Connecticut Occupational Licensing Examination Registration
- Payment of the application fee
- Journeyman – $90
- Contractor – $150
- Required supporting documents
- Journeyman – Letter of Apprenticeship Completion issued by the CT Department of Labor, Apprenticeship Training Division
- Contractor – a copy of your current journeyman license and the date first issued
- If N/A, then submit notarized and dated proof of equivalent experience and training, either:
- Letters from current or previous employer(s) on company letterhead
- Proof of your business/experience as a contractor (e.g., business permits or letters from clients)
- Proof of related instruction (e.g., transcripts or certificate of completion)
- Out-of-state apprenticeship completion, if applicable
- Out-of-state licenses, if applicable
PSI will review your application, and if approved, you’ll have eligibility to test valid for 1 year.
Here’s some important information you need to know about the exam:
- You’ll take the following exam portions
- Journeyman – trade only
- Contractor – trade and business and law
- Exam fee – $59 for each portion
- It will be a computer-based test
- Business and law – 50 questions to be completed in 2 hours
- B-1 – 50 questions in 2 hours
- B-2 – 40 questions in 1 ½ hour
- B-3 – 40 questions in 1 ½ hour
- B-4 – 30 questions in 1 hour
- D-1 – 70 questions in 3 hours
- D-2 – 60 questions in 2 hours
- D-3 – 50 questions in 2 hours
- D-4 – 40 questions in 1 ½ hour
- S-1 – 80 questions in 3 hours
- S-2 – 70 questions in 3 hours
- S-3 – 60 questions in 2 hours
- S-4 – 50 questions in 2 hours
- S-5 – 40 questions in 1 ½ hour
- S-6 – 40 questions in 1 ½ hour
- S-7 – 60 questions in 2 hours
- S-8 – 50 questions in 2 hours
- S-9 – 80 questions in 3 hours
- S-10 – 70 questions in 3 hours
- It will be an open book exam wherein you can bring approved reference materials only to the testing center
- Passing score is 70%
- If you fail, you have unlimited attempts within the eligibility period to pass the exam/s
Upon successfully passing the exam, you can pay the initial licensing fee to DCP to receive your license:
- Journeyman – $120
- Contractor – $150
Your journeyman or contractor license will expire every year on August 31.
To renew, you’ll have to pay the applicable renewal fee:
- Journeyman – $120
- Contractor – $150
In this line of work, HVAC professionals will eventually work with refrigerant-containing equipment.
Refrigerants are chemicals harmful to the environment, which is why the federal government requires that you get certified.
You need to obtain the EPA Section 608 Technician Certification to ensure you can properly and safely handle refrigerants.
To learn more about this, check out our guide to the EPA certification.
Per the BLS, Connecticut has the following salary information for HVAC technicians as of May 2021:
- Annual mean wage – $64,540
- 10th percentile – $38,740
- 90th percentile – $93,340
For your reference, the table below shows the salaries offered in 10 of the state’s cities.Annual Salary Range:
Average Salary of HVAC Techs in Connecticut