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Minnesota is one of the few states that doesn’t require and issue a license at the state level for HVAC professionals.

Instead, the localities will issue it to those who meet their requirements.

Read on to learn other important information you need to work as an HVAC technician in Minnesota.

HVAC Programs in Minnesota

The HVAC work is highly technical, so getting educational training and field experience is essential.

Fortunately, accredited schools can help you receive the appropriate knowledge and skills to succeed in the field.

Take a look at the table below for some of the HVAC schools in the state.

17 HVAC Schools in Minnesota

School NameAddress
Ashworth College6625 The Corners Pkwy NW #500, Norcross, GA 30092
Anoka-Tech College1355 W. Hwy 10, Anoka, MN 55303
Century College3300 Century Avenue North, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Dunwoody College of Technology818 Dunwoody Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55403
Hennepin Technical College-Eden Prairie Campus13100 College View Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Hennipin Technical College-Brooklyn Park Campus9000 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
Hibbing Community College1515 East 25th Street, Hibbing, MN 55746
hvacredu.net (Online Training)P.O. Box 77, Heron, MT 59844
Minneapolis Community & Technical College1501 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Minnesota State College SE Tech308 Pioneer Road, Red Wing, MN 55066
Minnesota State Community & Tech CollegePO Box 566, Wadena, MN 56482
Minnesota West Community & Technical College-Pipestone Campus1314 N Hiawatha, Pipestone, MN 56164
Northland Community & Technical College2022 Central Avenue NE, East Grand Forks, MN 56721
Northwest Technical College905 Grant Avenue SE, Bemidji, MN 56601
South Central Technical College1920 Lee Blvd., N. Mankato, MN 56003
St. Cloud Technical College1540 Northway Drive, St. Cloud, MN 56301
St. Paul Community College235 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102

EPA Certificate

Under the Clean Air Act, technicians working with refrigerants need to acquire the EPA Section 608 Technician Certification.

It’s a mandatory national certification that HVAC technicians should also get prior to doing any HVAC work.

Read our comprehensive guide to this EPA certification.

Local-level Licensing

There may be no state-level HVAC license, but respective localities will take care of this oversight.

Typically, you’ll need a license if your HVAC work involves any HVAC-related trade, like:

  • Warm air ventilation
  • Gas fitter
  • Oil burner
  • Steam and hot water

Check with the locality where you’ll be working for regulations to obtain your license to work.

Becoming an Independent Contractor

You can become an independent contractor at the state level by applying for the Mechanical Contractor license.

Each locality has its regulations for it, but at a minimum, you’ll be asked for the following:

  • Holds a local-level contractor license
  • Apply for a state-issued business license
  • Obtain a worker’s compensation insurance and an unemployment insurance
  • File a $25,000 bond with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

Potential Salary

Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2021), entry-level HVAC technicians in Minnesota can receive an average salary of $64,180 annually.

This can reach up to about $95,000 once you accumulate enough experience and expertise.

The table below shows the salaries in 10 of Minnesota’s largest cities.

Annual Salary Range:

Average Salary of HVAC Techs in Minnesota

City NameSalary
St. Paul$49,765
Brooklyn Park$48,037
Coon Rapids$44,485
* Salary information last updated 2024

Regional Salary

RegionEmployedAvg. Annual SalaryAvg. Hourly PayTop 10% Annual SalaryBottom 10% Annual Salary
Duluth, MN-WI180$63,030$30.3$99,640$36,220
Mankato-North Mankato, MN120$63,920$30.73$80,820$40,000
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI2,910$75,490$36.29$108,590$47,000
Rochester, MN200$65,450$31.47$91,760$38,670
St. Cloud, MN380$61,500$29.57$77,460$47,900
* 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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