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HVAC professionals are highly valued because of their services in maintaining climate control systems in residences and commercial buildings.

This is one of the reasons why there has been a growing demand, increasing salaries to competitive rates.

So if you want to work in the HVAC industry, here’s how you can become an HVAC professional in Louisiana.

HVAC Programs in Louisiana

To get started on your HVAC career, you need to receive proper education, practical training, and field experience.

That’s why, to be able to learn the trade, you need to enroll in an approved HVAC program.

Here, you can learn HVAC knowledge and technical skills, such as:

  • Installation, repair, and maintenance of HVAC systems
  • Blueprint reading
  • Inspection and troubleshooting issues
  • Federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and codes

The table below lists some of the accredited HVAC schools in Louisiana that you can check out.

10 HVAC Schools in Louisiana

School NameAddress
Ashworth College6625 The Corners Pkwy NW #500, Norcross, GA 30092
Blue Cliff College120 James Comeaux Road, Lafayette & Houma, LA 70508
Bossier Parish Community College2719 Airline Drive, Bossier City, LA 91111
Delgado Community College-City Park Campus615 City Park Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70119
Fortis College9255 Interline Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
HVAC Career Training CenterAccepts statewide - Baton Rouge, Shreveport, New Orleans, Lafayette, Houma, Lake Charles, LA 11111
hvacredu.net (Online Training)P.O. Box 77, Heron, MT 59844
ITT Technical College13944 Airline Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70817
Louisiana Technical CollegeMultiple campuses
Nunez Community College3700 La Fontaine Street, Chalmette, LA 70043

How to Get Licensed in Louisiana

Louisiana doesn’t have licenses for HVAC technicians, provided that they work under a licensed mechanical contractor.

Instead, those who want to be HVAC contractors will need one.

The Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC) will issue a Commercial Mechanical Contractor License.

You will only need to apply for this license if you have a commercial project that either…

  • Exceeds $50,000 in total value (includes labor and materials)
  • $1 or more for hazardous materials
  • HVAC projects with a total value of $10,000 or more

This license has one HVAC-related major classification with 4 sub-classifications:

  • Mechanical Work (Statewide)
    • Heat, air conditioning, ventilation, ductwork, and refrigeration
    • Industrial pipework and insulation
    • Plumbing
    • Controls for mechanical work

Application Requirements for Licensure

To obtain your license, you must meet the following:

  • Must at least be 18 years old
  • Complete and submit the notarized license application with the applicable fees
  • Notarized financial statement affidavit showing a net worth of at least $10,000
  • Designate a Qualifying Party who’ll take the exam
  • Successfully pass the exam

Taking the Licensure Exam

After LSLBC approves your application, you can proceed with taking the exam.

You’ll take 2 exam portions:

  • Louisiana business and law – an online course that takes less than an hour to complete
  • Trade-specific – mechanical work and HVAC/R
    • 100 questions to be completed in 4 hours for each trade exam
    • Requires a 70% score to pass

Renewal Requirements

Your initial license will expire after 1 year.

Before then, you’ll receive a renewal notice via email with instructions on the renewal process.

After the initial license expires, you have the option to renew every 1-year, 2-year, or 3-year period.

EPA Certification

Under the Clean Air Act, technicians who work with refrigerant-containing equipment must be certified.

The EPA Section 608 Technician Certification has 4 types that you can apply for:

  • Type I
  • Type II
  • Type III
  • Universal

To know which type you need to certify for, check out our guide to the EPA certification.

Potential Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Louisiana has the following salary information for its HVAC technicians:

  • Annual mean wage – $51,100
  • 10th percentile – $29,810
  • 90th percentile – $75,410

Do note that your salary will still depend on your employer based on factors like:

  • Education and training
  • Skills and experience
  • Certification and licenses
  • Workplace location
  • Nature of work

For your reference, the table below shows the salaries in 10 of the state’s cities.

Annual Salary Range:

Average Salary of HVAC Techs in Louisiana

City NameSalary
New Orleans$46,389
Baton Rouge$42,985
Lake Charles$42,344
Bossier City$42,962
New Iberia$42,404
* Salary information last updated 2024

Regional Salary

RegionEmployedAvg. Annual SalaryAvg. Hourly PayTop 10% Annual SalaryBottom 10% Annual Salary
Alexandria, LA140$47,860$23.01$59,520$30,960
Baton Rouge, LA620$54,940$26.41$77,320$36,570
Hammond, LA90$46,840$22.52$60,980$34,310
Houma-Thibodaux, LA290$61,830$29.73$97,880$36,400
Lafayette, LA540$53,930$25.93$80,060$35,230
Lake Charles, LA200$52,640$25.31$79,730$35,780
Monroe, LA130$46,270$22.25$63,480$31,200
New Orleans-Metairie, LA1,150$52,910$25.44$73,540$35,930
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA460$52,220$25.11$80,100$35,160
* Salary information based on the May 2022 Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers, OCC 49-9021, BLS.
* Employment conditions in your area may vary.

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