HVAC Classes in New Jersey (Top Schools)

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The HVAC industry offers great career opportunities states-wide.

According to the Bureau of Labor there is a growing demand for HVAC technicians and contractors in New Jersey.

If that is not enough, HVAC technicians are people with great earning opportunities and are the most highly paid in the industry.

To conduct work as a HVAC technician in New Jersey, you will need to obtain a license.

Here is all the information you need about the requirements you have to meet, as well as what you need to do to renew your license.

Certification

If you are planning to start a business and work in the HVAC industry as a contactor then you will have to get certified.

This is not the sole reason a HVAC technician should get certified.

Certification offers you the possibility to earn higher, professional recognition; and of course flexibility to start your business.

Salary

HVAC technicians do have great earnings. However the height of salaries heavily depends on your education, licenses, skills, and experience.

With experience and development of your career your salary will rise.

Here is a table of the salaries you can expect as a HVAC technician in the ten largest cities in New Jersey.

Annual Salary Range:
$39K
$52K
$64K

Average Salaries of Welders in New Jersey

City NameSalary
Newark$53,364
Jersey City$56,541
Paterson$53,878
Elizabeth$53,364
Edison$52,429
Woodbridge$52,429
Dover$53,704
Hamilton$44,539
* Salary information last updated 2019

HVAC Contractors

A requirement you will have to meet in order to apply for a license is to either be a qualified (experienced) HVACR technician from out of state that wants to work in New Jersey, or a college student that is on the path to pursue a HVAC career.

Here, we will focus on how a technician or a journey person can acquire a license.

Contractor Licensing Requirements

Eligibility criteria are such that you will have to satisfy not only educational requirements, but also complete an application form.

An applicant must be at least 21 years of age.

Here are the educational requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree in HVACR studies from accredited college or university and at least 1 year hands-on experience installing, servicing and repairing HVAC systems.
  • A bachelor’s degree in a field closely related to the HVAC industry plus a minimum of 3 years practical experience installing, servicing and maintaining HVAC systems.
  • Completion of a vocational training college program or through a trade school, county college or community college will also count towards certification is equivalent to two years field experience (see work experience requirements below).
  • There are cases in which you do not have to meet the education requirement stated above. Those cases are the ones where technicians already have relevant field experience. Here are the requirements: You hold 5 years’ experience working as an HVACR contractor, with at least four years served as an HVACR apprenticeship or undergoing an approved training program.
  • You will also need to have spent at least one year as a HVACR journeyperson upon completion of your apprenticeship.

After meeting the requirements you can submit your application to the State Board.

The application fee you will need to pay is $100.

You can pay it on the day of application as well.

Schools

As it was mentioned, you will need to meet educational requirements in order to obtain a license as a HVAC contractor.

Therefore, you should take a look at our table of schools and opt for the one that suits you the most.

All of the schools offer a perfect ratio of theory and practice over the course of the approved HVAC training program.

26 Top HVAC Schools in New Jersey

School NameAddress
Ashworth College6625 The Corners Pkwy NW #500, Norcross, GA 30092
Lincoln Technical InstituteMahwah, NJ 11111
A.C.I.T.-Atlantic Co. Voc'l Techl School5080 Atlantic Avenue, Mays Landing, NJ 08330
Bergen County Technical Schools11 Carrol Court, Hackensack, NJ 07601
Burlington County Institute of Technology10 Hawkins Road, Medford, NJ 08060
Camden County Technical School/gloucester Township Campus343 Berlin Cross Keys Road, Sicklerville, NJ 08081
Cumberland County TEC-Adult Division601 Bridgeton Avenue, Bridgeton, NJ 08302
Essex County Vo-Tech Career Center900 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona, NJ 07044
Fortis Institute | HVAC Training | 2 Locations in New Jersey2 Locations in New Jersey, Lawrenceville & Wayne, NJ 08648
HoHoKus School Of Trade & Technical Services634 Market Street, Paterson, NJ 07513
Hudson County Area Vo-Tech School8511 Tonelle Avenue, North Bergen, NJ 07047
HVAC Career Training CenterAccepts Statewide - Newark, Paterson, Elizabeth, Edison, Toms River, Clifton, Trenton..., NJ 11111
hvacredu.net (Online Training)P.O. Box 77, Heron, MT 59844
Mercer County Technical Schools1085 Old Trenton Road, Trenton, NJ 08550
Middlesex County Vocational School457 High Street, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
Middlesex County Vocational School112 Rues Lane, East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Monmouth County Vocational School4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold, NJ 07728
Morris County School of Technology400 E. Main Street, Denville, NJ 07834
Ocean County Vocational Technical School-Brick Center350 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick, NJ 08723
Passaic County Technical Institute45 Reinhardt Road, Wayne, NJ 07470
Paterson Technical Institute51 Market Street, Paterson, NJ 11111
Pennco Tech99 Erial Road, Blackwood, NJ 08012
Raritan Valley Community CollegeRt. 28 & Lamington Road, Somerville, NJ 08876
Somerset County Technical High School/InstitutePO Box 6350, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
TCI College of TechnologyNew York, NY 11111
Union County Vo Tech1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

Exam and Bonding

Upon your application’s approval, you are allowed to take the exam.

You must take preparation and the exam seriously.

If you fail the exam, then you will have to wait six months to be able to make an attempt at passing the exam again.

The exams take place four times a year, which means that the wait between approval of your application and testing is not long.

When you pass the exam, the State Board awards you the Master HVACR Contractor license.

Once you obtain the license you will have to pay a $3,000 bond which ensures that you will uphold and abide by the rules and regulations set forth by your license.

You will need to renew your license biannually.

To effectively renew the license you must supply proof that you have taken part in continuous development activities during that two year period in an approved facility.

Insurance and Tax

Once you decide that you want to be a HVAC professional, and not a HVAC employee, you are starting your own business.

When you do that, however, you have to take out an insurance bond that has a minimum cover of $500,000 and supply proof of insurance to the State Board.

You will need to give your Federal Tax Identification Number to acquire a license.

That means that you will be able to advertise and offer your HVACR maintenance, servicing and installation service in the State of New Jersey.

Conclusion

The HVAC industry is growing and the demand for HVAC technicians is high.

This demand is expected to grow.

In the state of New Jersey there are certain requirements you have to meet.

Licensing is obligatory, but the process is not that complicated if you do have relevant education.

If you do not meet those criteria, you can become eligible by fulfilling the experience criteria.

There are even HVAC classes that can help you meet those criteria.

Be sure to take preparation seriously. Study enough before you make an attempt at passing the exam.

If you fail to do this, and fail to meet the passing mark, you will have to wait six months before you can make another attempt.

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