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If you prefer to work with your hands, then becoming an HVAC technician in Florida may be for you.

Today, there are 30,480 employed HVAC technicians in the state out of the 356,960 nationwide (Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2021).

This number alone can let you see how in-demand this career is.

So read on to learn how you can become a licensed HVAC professional in Florida.

HVAC Programs in Florida

To pursue an HVAC career, you need to complete educational training and work experience.

Many trade schools and technical colleges offer HVAC certificate and degree programs to aspirants in Florida.

Some programs you can enroll in include:

  • AC, Refrigeration, and Heating Systems Assistant Certificate
  • AC Refrigeration, and Heating Systems Technician Certificate
  • Associate in Applied Science in AC, Refrigeration, and Heating Systems Technology
  • Associate in Science in AC, Refrigeration, and Heating Systems Technology

Below, you’ll find a list of schools that offer HVAC programs in the state.

60 HVAC Schools in Florida

School NameAddress
Ashworth College | Online Training for HVAC6625 The Corners Pkwy NW #500, Norcross, GA 30092
Florida Career College3750 West 18th Ave., Hialeah, FL 33012
Florida Career College6600 Youngerman Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32244
Florida Career College - Kendall11731 Mills Drive Bldg #2, Miami, FL 33183
Florida Career College - Lauderdale Lakes3383 North State Road 7, Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33319
Florida Career College - Margate3271 N State Road 7, Margate, FL 33063
Florida Career College – Tampa9950 Princess Palm Ave, Tampa, FL 33619
Florida Career College - West Palm Beach6058 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33417
Florida Career College/Anthem – Orlando989 North Semoran Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32807
Lincoln College of Technology - HVAC Career TrainingWest Palm Beach, FL 11111
Academy of Construction Technologies Inc.PO Box 592744, Orlando, FL 32859
Advanced Tech Center1770 Technology Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 11111
Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Pipefitting Education Center13201 NW 45th Avenue, Miami, FL 33054
Atlantic Tech Center4700 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek, FL 33063
Brevard Community College1519 Clearlake Road, Cocoa, FL 32922
Cam Technical School of Construction16114 N Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL 33549
Central Florida Community College3001 SW College Road, Ocala, FL 34474
Daytona Beach Community College1200 International Speed Blvd., Dayton Beach, FL 32120
DE Erwin Technical Center2010 E. Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa, FL 33610
Everest Institute | Train to be an HVAC Technician111 NW 183rd St # 200, Miami, Orange Park and Tampa, FL 33169
First Coast Tech Institute980 Collins Avenue, St Augustine, FL 32084
Florida Community College @ Jacksonville101 W. State Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202
Fortis Institute & Fortis College | HVAC Training | 7 Locations in Florida7 Locations in Florida, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Largo, Mulberry, Palm Springs, Pensacola & Port St. Lucie, FL 33313
G. Stone Area Vocational Tech Center2400 Longleaf Drive, Pensacola, FL 32526
Gold Coast School of Construction6600 SW 57th Avenue #500, Miami, FL 33143
Henry W Brewster Technical Center2222 N Tampa Street, Tampa, FL 33602
HVAC Career Training CenterMultiple Locations in Florida, Fort Lauderdale, Boynton Beach, W. Palm Beach, Coral Springs, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, FL 33601
hvacredu.net (Online Training)P.O. Box 77, Heron, MT 59844
Indian River Community College3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34981
Lake City Community College149 SE College Place, Lake City, FL 32025
Lee County High Tech Center3800 Michigan Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33916
Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center750 NW 20th Street, Miami, FL 33127
Lively Technical Center500 North Appleyard Drive, Tallhassee, FL 32304
Locklin Technical Center5330 Berryhill Road, Milton, FL 32570
Manatee Technical Institute5603 34th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34210
Marchman Educational Center7825 Campus Drive, New Port Richey, FL 34653
Miami Central Senior High School1781 NW 95 Street, Miami, FL 33033
Miami Lakes Educational Center5780 NW 158th Street, Miami Lakes, FL 33014
Mid Florida Tech2900 West Oak Ridge, Orlando, FL 32809
Northeast High School1717 54th Avenue North, St Petersburg, FL 33714
Okaloosa Applied Tech Center1976 Lewis Turner Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Palm Beach Community College4200 Congress Avenue, Lake Worth, FL 33461
Pinellas Tech'l Education Center-St. Petersburg Campus901 34th St. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33711
Pinellas Technical Education Center-Clearwater6100 154th Ave North, Clearwater, FL 33760
Ridge Career Center7700 State Road 544, Winter Haven, FL 33881
Robert Morgan Educational Center18180 SW 122nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33177
Saint Johns River Community College5001 St. Johns Avenue, Palatka, FL 32177
Santa Fe Community College/NW Campus3000 NW 83rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32606
Sarasota County Technical Institute4748 Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL 34233
Seminole Community College100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford, FL 32773
Sheridan Technical5400 Sheridan Street, Hollywood, FL 33201
South Florida Community College600 W. College Drive, Avon Park, FL 33825
Tallahassee Community College444 Appleyard Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32304
Technical Education Center-Osceola501 Simpson Road, Kissimmee, FL 34744
Traviss Career Center3225 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, FL 33803
University of Central FloridaMillican Hall, Suite 230, Orlando, FL 32816
University of FloridaFrazier Rogers Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611
Washington-Holmes Technical Center757 Hoyt Street, Chipley, FL 32428
Westside Tech955 East Story Road, Winter Garden, FL 32547
Withlacoochee Technical Institute1201 W. Main Street, Inverness, FL 34450

How to Get Licensed in Florida

The Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board oversees the regulations and licensing applications in the construction industry, to which HVAC belongs.

For license issuance, the responsibility falls on the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Types of Licenses

There are 6 types of licenses currently available:

  • State Certified
    • Class A Air Conditioning Contractor
    • Class B Air Conditioning Contractor
    • Mechanical Contractor
  • State Registered
    • Class A Air Conditioning Contractor
    • Class B Air Conditioning Contractor
    • Mechanical Contractor

You can apply for any one of these licenses if you meet the criteria.

Note:

Apply for a State Certified license if you want to work as a contractor anywhere in Florida.

Apply for a State Registered license if you want to work only in the locality where you hold a certificate of competency.

Qualifications for Licensing

You can only become a State Certified Contractor if you meet these requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Meet the educational or experience requirements
  • Pass the Florida State Construction exam
  • Of good moral character
  • Pay all the applicable fees
  • Obtain worker’s compensation coverage
  • Demonstrate financial responsibility

Licensing by Examination

The Department granted Profesional Testing, Inc. to administer the licensing exams for the Board.

All exams will be open book, so you can bring approved reference materials to the testing center.

Here are the exam details:

  • All exams will consist of multiple-choice questions
  • All license types will be tested in the following knowledge areas:
    • General trade (GT)
    • Business and finance (BF)
  • You can take the exam in any of these formats:
    • Computer-based test, with the exam session depending on the license type
      • Class A – 7.5 hours for GT and 6.5 hours for BF
      • Class B – 5 hours for GT and 6.5 hours for BF
      • Mechanical – 7.5 hours for GT and 6.5 hours for BF
    • Paper and pencil test (PPT), with each exam session 4 hours and 45 minutes long
  • Your eligibility to test is valid for 4 years, and you have unlimited attempts to pass all parts of the exam
  • You can request to take the exam in Spanish
  • Exam fees:
    • Registration fee – $135, payable to Profesional Testing, Inc.
    • Exam site admin fee (for PPT only) – $80, payable to Profesional Testing, Inc.
    • GT exam fee – $80, payable to Pearson Vue
    • BF exam fee – $80, payable to Pearson Vue

Effective July 1, 2020, the Department will exempt to a certain extent the following examinees:

  • You are exempt from taking the GT exam if you…
    • Hold a bachelor’s degree in building construction from an accredited 4-year college
    • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • You can directly apply for licensure if you…
    • All the exempt requirements stated above
    • Hold a current, active license having previously passed the BF exam
    • Have the GT exam waived with approval from the Department

Renewal Requirements

The license will expire on August 1…

  • Every even year for State Certified Contractors
  • Every odd year for State Registered Contractors

So you need to apply for license renewal by…

  • Completing 14 continuing education hours
    • 1 hour for the following:
      • Specialized or advanced module
      • Workplace safety
      • Business practices
      • Worker’s compensation
      • Laws and rules
    • Remaining hours for any board-approved construction-related instruction
  • Paying the renewal fee of $205 (+$50 per qualified business)

EPA Certification

The Clean Air Act requires that all technicians working with refrigerants be certified.

So, in addition to the license, you must obtain an EPA Section 608 Technician Certification prior to working.

Learn more about this national technician certification.

Potential Salary

Per the BLS (May 2021), HVAC technicians will have a projected 5% employment growth from 2020 to 2030.

It will bring a highly competitive salary that ranges between $29,000 and $62,000, with an average of $46,850 annually.

The table below will show you the salaries in 10 of Florida’s cities.

Annual Salary Range:
$29K
$46K
$62K

Average Salary of HVAC Techs in Florida

City NameSalary
Jacksonville$44,838
Miami$45,547
Tampa$44,906
St. Petersburg$44,485
Hialeah$45,139
Orlando$44,387
Fort Lauderdale$45,895
Tallahassee$42,382
Hollywood$45,895
Pembroke Pines$45,083
* Salary information last updated 2022

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