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Mississippi has a developing HVAC industry, with its high demands for HVAC technicians.

In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that there had been 2,230 employed as of May 2021.

This number will increase over the years due to the new construction projects in the residential and commercial sectors.

So if you’re interested, here’s how you can work as an HVAC professional in Mississippi.

HVAC Programs in Mississippi

The HVAC industry has high demands for its professionals.

To work here, you must be able to…

  • Install, repair, and maintain HVAC systems
  • Know the federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and codes
  • Read blueprints and implement them
  • Inspect for and troubleshoot issues in the systems
  • And more

That’s why most would choose to enroll in an approved HVAC program in order to learn the trade.

The table below lists some of the accredited HVAC schools in Mississippi that you can consider.

17 HVAC Schools in Mississippi

School NameAddress
Ashworth College6625 The Corners Pkwy NW #500, Norcross, GA 30092
Copiah Lincoln Community College-Natchez11 Co-Lin Circle, Natchez, MS 39120
Copiah Lincoln Community College-WessonPO Box 649, Wesson, MS 39191
Delta Technical College1090 Main Street, Southaven, MS 38671
East Central Community CollegePO Box 129, Decatur, MS 39327
Hinds Community College505 E. Main Street, Raymond, MS 39154
Holmes Community CollegePO Box 399, Goodman, MS 39079
hvacredu.net (Online Training)P.O. Box 77, Heron, MT 59844
Itawamba Community College-Tupelo Campus2176 S. Eason Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38804
Jones County Junior College900 S. Court Street, Ellisville, MS 39437
Meridian Community College910 Hwy 19N, Meridian, MS 39307
Mississippi Delta Community CollegeHwy 3 & Cherry Street, Moorhead, MS 38761
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College2226 Switzer Road, Gulfport, MS 39507
Northeast Mississippi Community College101 Cunningham, Booneville, MS 38829
Northwest Mississippi Community College4975 Hwy 51 N, Senatobia, MS 38668
Pearl River Community College101 Hwy 11 North, Poplarville, MS 39470
Southwest Miss. Community College2000 College Drive, Summit, MS 39666

How to Get Licensed in Mississippi

Mississippi doesn’t require its HVAC technicians to have state-level licenses, but rather its contractors.

The Mississippi State Board of Contractors (MSBOC) will issue licenses under one major and several specialty classifications related to HVAC.

  • Major classification – allows you to perform the trade in multiple specialty classifications
    • Mechanical Contractor License
  • Specialty classification – allows you to perform work in one or more specific trades
    • Heat, AC, ventilation (HVAC)
    • Refrigeration
    • Ductwork for HVAC
    • Boiler installation and repair
    • Fueling systems
    • Process piping
    • Insulation – pipes and ductwork

Do note that you’ll only need a contractor’s license if you’ve taken one of the following:

  • Construction projects over $50,000
  • Improvement projects over $10,000

If you do, you can apply for either of these types for the contractor’s license:

  • Residential to get the Residential License
  • Commercial to get the Commercial Certificate of Responsibility

Application Requirements for Licensure

To obtain the license, you must meet the following:

  • Determine which type of contractor’s license and license classification to apply for
  • Completed and notarized applicable license application form
  • Pay the license application fee (per classification)
    • Residential – $50
    • Commercial – $400
  • If an entity, business registration with the MS Secretary of State and proof of good standing
  • Obtain a Tax ID number from the MS Department of Revenue
    • Residential
      • If sole proprietor – Social Security Number
      • If entity – MS Income Tax I.D. Number or Federal Tax I.D. Number
    • Commercial
      • MS Sales Tax Number or Use Tax Number
      • MS Income Tax I.D. Number or Federal Tax I.D. Number
  • Provide a certificate of general liability insurance with the following coverage:
    • $300,000 per occurrence
    • $600,000 aggregate
  • Provide worker’s compensation insurance if you have 5 or more employees
  • Provide 3 reference letters
    • 1 from the bank
    • 2 from anyone you worked with/for construction-related projects
  • Proof of experience in at least 3 jobs completed in the chosen license classification
  • Proof of employment of the Qualifying Party (QP) who’ll take the exam
  • (Commercial only) Audited financial statements reviewed and signed by a CPA within the last 12 months
    • Must show the following net worth
      • Major classification – at least $50,000
      • Specialty classification – at least $20,000
  • Successfully pass the licensure exam for the chosen classification

Taking the Licensure Exam

MSBOC contracted with PSI to administer the contractor licensure exams.

Your assigned QP will sit for the exam after getting approval from MSBOC, with an eligibility period of 6 months.

Here are the exam details:

  • You’ll take 2 exam portions
    • MS law and business management – 50 questions in 2 hours
    • Trade, if required
      • Mechanical contractor – 100 questions in 4 hours
      • Heat, AC, ventilation (HVAC) – 80 questions in 4 hours
      • Refrigeration – 50 questions in 2 hours
      • Ductwork for HVAC – 60 questions in 2 hours
      • Boiler installation and repair – 50 questions in 2 hours
      • Fueling systems – 50 questions in 2 hours
      • Process piping – 50 questions in 2 hours
      • Insulation – pipes and ductwork – 30 questions in 1 hour
  • Exam fee – $120 per exam portion
  • You’ll take the exam via computer
  • It will be an open-book exam where you can use authorized reference materials at the testing center
  • Passing score is 70%
  • You have unlimited attempts within the eligibility period to successfully pass the exams

Renewal Requirements

Your license is only valid for a year.

To renew, you must complete the following:

  • Completed renewal form via online application or mail to MSBOC
  • Payment of the applicable renewal fee
    • Residential – $100
    • Commercial – $400
  • Provide the following documents:
    • General liability insurance
    • Proof of good standing with the MS Secretary of State (for entities only)
    • Worker’s compensation insurance, if applicable
    • (Residential only) Proof of the QP’s completion of 2 hours of continuing education from an approved course
    • (Commercial only) Balance sheet showing a net worth of $50,000 for major classification or $20,000 for specialty classification

EPA Certification

According to the Clean Air Act, you have to obtain the EPA Section 608 Technician Certification to carry out work with refrigerant-containing equipment.

To obtain it, you have to successfully pass the exam for the certification type you chose.

For more comprehensive information, check out our guide to the EPA certification.

Potential Salary

HVAC technicians enjoy competitive salaries in the U.S.

In Mississippi, you can earn an average of $42,690 annually as of May 2021 per BLS.

If you’re new, expect to receive up to $29,590 a year.

Then, once you’ve gained sufficient trade expertise, you can earn more than $59,180.

The table below shows the salaries in 10 of the state’s cities that you can use for reference.

Annual Salary Range:
$29K
$42K
$59K

Average Salary of HVAC Techs in Mississippi

City NameSalary
Jackson$41,790
Gulfport$41,088
Biloxi$41,415
Hattiesburg$40,831
Greenville$45,236
Meridian$41,339
Tupelo$39,420
Southaven$44,139
Vicksburg$41,163
Pascagoula$41,083
* Salary information last updated 2022

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