HVAC Classes in Florida (Top Schools)

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To work as a HVAC technician in Florida you need to acquire a HVAC license that is issued by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which is a division of the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board.

This article will supply you with information on how to attain HVAC certification and license.

Salary

The demand for HVA technicians is expected to rise by a whopping 30%. The annual median income of a HVAC technician in Florida is $43,640.

If you have additional skills, certifications, and licenses you may earn over $68,000. Here is a table of salaries in ten largest cities in Florida:

Annual Salary Range:
$37K
$43K
$68K

Average Salaries of Welders 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 2019

Certification Programs

HVAC certification programs are available at technical colleges and four-year public collages that have certificate and degree programs that deal with air conditioning, refrigeration, and heating systems technology.

There is a possibility to become an assistant only by completing a two semester certification program.

Other courses usually last two years, and prepare the students for he Florida HVAC exam and cover a wide range of subjects in HVAC.

Schools

Since education and training is important for becoming a HVAC technician what better way to prepare for the exams, as well as the job itself than completing an official HVAC training.

Here is a list of schools that offer HVAC training in Florida:

60 Top 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

Examples of HVAC Programs are the following:

  • Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Systems Assistant Certificate
  • Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Systems Technician Certificate
  • Associate in Applied Science in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Systems Technology
  • Associate in Science in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Systems Technologies

Additional NATE Certification

Separate certification program from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) needs to be passed in order to have permission to work with ozone-depleting refrigerants.

There are two certification organizations that provide this exam – HVAC Excellenceor the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) organization.

If you pass the NATE tests, it serves as proof of your knowledge in specific HVAC related subject.

HVAC technicians can receive many different certifications in Florida. NATE certificate is not obligatory, but it is beneficial.

All certifications display your knowledge and understanding regarding specialized concepts. This will give you an edge on the labor market.

Types of Licenses

Essentially there are four different HVAC licenses in Florida. Those are the following:

  • State Certified Class A Florida HVAC License
  • State Registered Class A Florida HVAC License
  • State Certified Class B HVAC License
  • State Registered Class B HVAC License

You can apply for a license only in each type if you meet certain criteria.

State Certified Class A Florida HVAC License

The holder of this license can work across Florida.

In order to eligible for this license you must workers comp, pass the exam, and fulfill the educational and n-the-job requirements.

You need to pay a fee of $355 to take the exam for this license.

You will also have to renew your license. The fee for a renewal is $100.

State Registered Class A Florida HVAC license

The holder of this license can work in the local areas, where they meet the local requirements.

You will have to fill out a formal application. To register for the exam, you have to pay a fee of $100.

The fee is the same if you wish to renew your license. You can contact the local government if you want to receive more information.

State Certified Class B Florida HVAC License

If you hold this license you will be limited to working on cooling systems that are 20 tons or lighter and heating systems that are 500,000 BTU and lower.

However, you will be able to work anywhere in Florida.

To acquire the license you will have to pass the exam, have workers comp, meet the educational, and job requirements.

You will also have to be of at least 18 years of age, and have a four-year accredited degree and one year of experience (or 2,000 hours of service), or four years of active experience to be eligible for taking the exam.

The fee you have to pay in the application process is $354.

State Registered Class B Florida HVAC License

Just like with the State Certified Class B HVAC license, you will be able to work only with cooling systems that are 20 tons or lighter and heating systems that are 500,000 BTU and lower.

However, you will be only able to work in the local areas where you meet the local requirements.

The fee that you have to pay for taking the exam is $100. The fee is the same if you wish to renew your license.

Contractor License

There are two different Contractor licenses. No matter which license you opt for you must meet the basic requirements and be at least 18 years of age. The requirements are the following:

Mechanical Contractors License

  1. At least 18 years old
  2. At least 4 years of experience
  3. Provide a credit report and financial statement from current year
  4. Net worth of $2,500 – $20,000
  5. General liability insurance: $100,000 for bodily injury and $25,000 for property damage
    A + B Air Conditioning Contractor’s License
  6. Sit for two exams in business/finance and your desired trade
  7. Provide a credit report and financial statement from current year
  8. Net worth of $2,500 – $20,000
  9. General liability insurance: $100,000 for bodily injury and $25,000 for property damage.

If you are an Electrical Contractor, then you don’t have to take this exam.

If you apply for the exam from May 1st of an even year through August 31st, the fee you will need to pay is $249.

However, if you apply for the exam from September 1st of an odd year through April 30th of an even year, the fee is $309.

Exam

Tests are written in nature, and for each different type of a license of certification the test is unique.

Once the board has approved your application, you can sit for the exam.

Mechanical Contractor’s License Exam

The test has two sections, and you will have 4.5 hours at your disposal for each section.

You can take one test in the morning and the other at night. To pass the exam you must have at least 70% correct answers.

The location will be selected for you based on your application. Prior to the exam, you will have to pay a fee of $135.

A + B Air Conditioning Contractor’s License

This exam also has two sections. To complete each section you will have 4.5 hours at your disposal.

One test is taken in the morning and the other at night. You will have to have at least 70% correct answers in order to pass the exam.

The test is done at one of the locations that will be selected for you based on your application.

Prior to the exam you will have to pay a fee of $135.

To acquire and to maintain this license you will need to have 14 hours of continued education.

NATE Exam

You will need to register for this exam when it is held in your area.

Also, you would be best advised to think thoroughly before selecting whether your technician type will be (installation or service), as well as which specialty exam you would like to take in addition to your core exam.

The maintenance of a 5-year certification fee is $95.

Conclusion

If you wish to have a good career in the HVAC industry, and a well-paid one at that, then education is crucial.

After that you will need to get certified, and once you have chosen a field of specialty you can attain licenses for these fields as well.

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