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Georgia, like most states, has its regulations and requirements for its HVAC technicians.

On this page, you’ll learn how you can become a licensed HVAC professional in the state.

HVAC Programs in Georgia

The HVAC field is a highly technical industry.

That’s why you need educational training and work experience to successfully start a career.

Doing so will set you apart from other candidates, enabling you to receive better employment and salary.

So take a look at the list of HVAC training providers below.

38 HVAC Schools in Georgia

School NameAddress
Ashworth College | Online Training for HVAC6625 The Corners Pkwy NW #500, Norcross, GA 30092
Albany Technical College-Early County Campus40 Harold Ragan Drive, Blakely, GA 39823
Altamaha Technical College1777 West Cherry Street, Jesup, GA 31545
Anthem College - Atlanta2450 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta, GA 30324
Athens Technical College800 Highway, 29 North, Athens, GA 30610
Atlanta Technical College1560 Metropolitan Parkway, SL, Atlanta, GA 30310
Augusta Technical College3200 August Tech Drive, Augusta, GA 30906
Central Georgia Technical Center3300 Macon Technical Drive, Macon, GA 31210
640 GA Highway 128, Roberta, GA 31078640 GA Highway 128, Roberta, GA 31078
Chattahoochee Technical College980 South Cobb Drive, Marietta, GA 30060
Columbus Technical College928 Manchester Expressway, Columbus, GA 31904
Coosa Valley Vo-Tech School466 Brock Road, Rockmart, GA 30153
Dekalb Technical College495 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021
East Central Technical College706 West Baker Highway, Douglass, GA 11111
Fortis College | HVAC Training2108 Cobb Parkway, Smyrna, GA 30080
Griffin Technical College501 Varsity Road, Griffin, GA 30223
Gwinnett Technical College5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA 30245
Heart of Georgia Technical College560 Pinehall Road, Dublin, GA 31021
hvacredu.net (Online Training)P.O. Box 77, Heron, MT 59844
Interactive College of Technology5303 New Peachtree, Chamblee, GA 30341
Lanier Technical College990 Landrum Education Drive, Oakwood, GA 30566
Laurus Technical Institute9500 S. Main Street, Jonesboro, GA 30236
Lincoln College of TechnologyMarietta, GA 11111
Middle Georgia Technical College80 Cohen Walker Drive, Warner Robins, GA 31088
Moultrie Technical College800 Veterans parkway N, Moultrie, GA 31788
North Georgia Technical CollegeBurton Road, Clarkeston, GA 30523
Northwestern Technical CollegePO Box 569, Rock Spring, GA 30739
Ogeechee Technical College1 Joe Kennedy Blvd., Statesboro, GA 30458
Okefenokee Technical College1701 Carswell Avenue, Waycross, GA 31501
Sandersville Technical College1189 Deepstep Road, Sandersville, GA 31082
Savannah Technical College5717 White Bluff Road, Savannah, GA 31405
South Georgia Technical College900 South GATech Pkwy, Americus, GA 31709
Southeastern Technical College3001 E. First Street, Vidalia, GA 30474
Southwest Georgia Technical College15689 US Hwy. 19 North, Thomasville, GA 31792
Swainsboro Technical College201 Kite Road, Swainsboro, GA 30401
Valdosta Technical College4089 Val Tech Road, Valdosta, GA 31603
West Central Technical College/Carroll Campus997 S. Highway 16, Carrollton, GA 30116
West Georgia Technical College303 Fort Drive, LaGrange, GA 30240

How to Get Licensed in Georgia

The Georgia Board of Conditioned Air Contractors oversees the regulations and licensing applications.

Anyone granted a license will be entitled “Conditioned Air Contractor.”

Types of Licenses

There are two types of Conditioned Air Contractor license:

ClassService CoverageQualifications
I (Restricted)Restricted to conditioned air contracting involving conditioned air systems or equipment not exceeding 175,000 BTU of heating and 60,000 BTU of cooling

At least 4 years of documented experience:

  • 2 years of residential installation experience as a lead mechanic
  • 1 year as a service technician (with an EPA license)
  • 1 year of residential supervisory experience
  • Board-approved heat loss and gain and duct design course

Education from an HVAC program may be substituted for experience:

  • Credit 2 years of experience if you completed a diploma in engineering or engineering technology at a technical school
  • Credit 1 year of experience if you completed a certificate program at a vocational-technical school
II (Non-restricted)Unrestricted heating and cooling BTU

At least 5 years of documented experience in installations of conditioned air systems exceeding 175,000 BTU (net) of heating and 60,000 BTU of cooling:

  • 2 years of installation as a lead mechanic, with at least 1 year spent in commercial work only
  • 1 year as a service technician or service supervisor (with an EPA license)
  • 2 years of commercial supervisory experience
  • Board-approved heat loss and gain and duct design course

Education from an HVAC program may be substituted for experience:

  • Credit 2 years of experience if you completed a diploma in engineering or engineering technology at a technical school
  • Credit 1 year of experience if you completed a certificate program at a vocational-technical school

 

Licensing by Examination

The Board requires that you submit your application requirements for pre-approval.

Once they approve it, you will have the eligibility to sit for the exam through the testing partner, PSI/AMP.

Requirements for Initial Application

Each license type has its requirements, which are as follows:

  • Class I
    • Completed, signed, and notarized application form
    • Payment of fees
      • Application fee – $30
      • Processing fee – $10 for mail-in, $5 for online
    • Experience record
    • Education verification
    • 3 notarized original reference forms from professionally licensed persons
      • Registered Architect
      • Professional Engineer
      • City or County Inspector
      • Licensed Conditioned Air Contractor
    • Background check from the local law enforcement office
    • EPA certification for Type II or higher
    • Manuals J and D certification
    • Affidavit of Citizenship with a copy of a Secure and Verifiable Document
    • If applicable only:
      • Qualifying license registration
      • Disciplinary actions or sanctions with relevant documents
        • Court documents
        • Letter of explanation
      • Immigration documents
  • Class II
    • Everything in Class I
    • Manuals N and Q certification

Exam Details

PSI/AMP will facilitate a computer-based test for both Class I and II licensure exams.

Both will consist of 100 multiple-choice questions plus 20 pre-test questions in the following content:

  • Regulations, laws, and administrative functions
  • System design
  • Installation
  • Maintain and repair system

The exam will be administered in 2 parts, and each part will take 3.5 hours to complete.

To pass, you must have a final scaled score of 70.

Should you fail, you have another 2 attempts to take and pass the exam.

  • If you fail twice, submit proof of completion of a Board-approved review course to get admitted to your third exam.
  • If you fail thrice, you don’t need to complete additional courses to get admitted to the subsequent exams.

Obtaining the License

PSI/AMP will automatically submit to the Board your test results with a “Pass” or “Fail” indication.

If you’re a successful exam candidate, within 10 days of receiving your results, the Board will change your status in the Pending Application on their website.

Then, within 6 weeks, they will mail the license to your address.

Licensing by Reciprocity

Those with a current, valid license in Louisiana can apply for reciprocity for a Class II license.

You must submit to the Board the following:

  • Completed, signed, and notarized application form
  • Payment of fees
    • Reciprocity fee – $30
    • Processing fee – $10 for mail-in, $5 for online
  • Experience record
  • Out-of-state license verification
  • 3 notarized original reference forms from professionally licensed persons
  • Background check from the local law enforcement office or private agency
  • EPA certification for Type II or higher
  • Affidavit of Citizenship with a copy of a Secure and Verifiable Document
  • If applicable only:
    • Qualifying license registration
    • Disciplinary actions or sanctions with relevant documents
    • Immigration documents

Effective April 15, 2022, Georgia won’t accept reciprocity applications from South Carolina and Texas until all reciprocal agreements reviews have been completed.

Renewal Requirements

Your license is valid for 2 years only.

To renew it, you can send an application online by November 30 of every odd year.

Requirements for renewal are as follows:

  • At least 4 hours of continuing education per year in…
    • Safety
    • Technological advances
    • Business management
    • Government regulations
  • Payment of renewal fee of $75
  • If late renewal, $100

EPA Certification

Aside from the state-level license, you will need to earn a certification from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA Section 608 Technician Certification will prove that you have the competency to work with refrigerants.

Once acquired, it will have lifetime validity.

To learn more about it, visit our guide to EPA certification.

Potential Salary

With the rising demand for HVAC technicians, you can expect to receive highly competitive salaries.

In Georgia, the salary ranges between $29,000 to $75,000, with an average of $49,110 annually per the BLS (May 2021).

The table below shows the salary offers in some of Georgia’s cities.

Annual Salary Range:
$29K
$49K
$75K

Average Salary of HVAC Techs in Georgia

City NameSalary
Atlanta$46,022
Augusta-Richmond County$43,214
Columbus$42,217
Savannah$43,681
Athens-Clarke County$45,695
Macon$43,405
Roswell$45,848
Albany$42,953
Marietta$45,891
Warner Robins$43,274
* Salary information last updated 2022

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