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Mechanically-inclined individuals may find a suitable career in the HVAC industry.

For one, being an HVAC technician is one of the currently in-demand professions in the U.S.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), this career will have a projected 5% employment growth from 2020 to 2030.

So read on to learn how you can become one and obtain your HVAC license in Ohio.

HVAC Programs in Ohio

One of the requirements for employment is completing educational training.

So many aspirants choose to enroll in an approved HVAC program to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills.

Below are some of the accredited HVAC schools in Ohio that you can check out.

47 HVAC Schools in Ohio

School NameAddress
Ashworth College6625 The Corners Pkwy NW #500, Norcross, GA 30092
ACJVS-Ashtabula Co Jt Voc'l School1565 State Rt. 167, Jefferson, OH 44047
American School of Technology4599 Morse Centre Road, Columbus, OH 43229
Auburn Career Center8140 Auburn Road, Concord Twp, OH 44077
Belmont Technical College110 Fox Shannon Place, St. Clairsville, OH 43950
Bohecker College653 Enterprise Parkway, Ravenna, OH 44266
Butler Technology & Career Development Schools3603 Hamilton-Middleton Road, Fairfield Township, OH 45011
Collins Career Center11627 State Route 243, Cheaspeake, OH 45619
Columbus State Community College550 E. Spring Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Cuyahoga Valley Career Center8001 Brecksville Road, Brecksville, OH 44141
Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical School4300 Amalgamated Place, Suite 150, Groveport, OH 43125
Edison Community College1973 Edison Drive, Piqua, OH 45356
ETI Technical College2076 Youngstown Warren Raod, Niles, OH 44446
ETI Technical College of Niles2076-86 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles, OH 11111
Fortis College | HVAC Training | 5 Locations in Ohio5 Locations in Ohio, Centerville, Cincinnati, Cuyahoga Falls, Ravenna & Columbus, OH 43081
Four County Career Center22-900 SR 34, Archbold, OH 11111
Great Oaks Institute of Tech. & Career Development3254 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45214
Greene County Career Center2960 W. Enon Road, Xenia, OK 44481
HVAC Career Training CenterMultiple Locations in Ohio, Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Akron, Toledo, OH 44101
hvacredu.net (Online Training)P.O. Box 77, Heron, MT 59844
Jefferson county Joint Vocational School1509 County Hwy 22A, Bloomingdale, OH 43910
Knox County Career Center306 Martinsburg Road, Mt. Vernon, OH 43050
Live Oaks Joint Vocational School5956 Buckwheat Road, Milford, OH 45150
Lorain County Joint Vocational School15181 State Route 58, Oberlin, OH 44074
Maplewood Career Center7075 State Route 88, Ravenna, OH 44266
Medina County Career Center1101 W. Liberty Street, Medina, OH 44256
Miami Valley Career Technology Center6800 Hoke Road, Clayton, OH 45315
Mid-East Career & Technical Center400 Richards Road, Zanesville, OH 43701
North High School985 Gorge Blvd., Akron, OH 44310
Northwest State Community College22600 State Rt. 34, Archbold, OH 43502
Owens Community CollegePO Box 10,000, Toledo, OH 43699
Penta Career Center Adult & Continuing Ed.30095 Oregon Road, Perrysburg, OH 43551
Pickaway-Ross Career & Technical Center895 Crouse Chapel Road, Chillicothe, OH 45601
Polaris Career Center7285 Old Oak Blvd., Middleburg Heights, OH 11111
R G Drage Career Center6805 Richville Drive, Massillon, OH 44646
RETS Technical Center555 E. Alex Bell Road, Centerville, OH 45459
Sinclair Community College444 West Third Street, Dayton, OH 45402
Springfield-Clark JVS1901 Selma Road, Bldg E, Springfield, OH 45505
Stark State College of Technology6200 Frank Avenue NW, North Canton, OH 44720
Terra Community Technical College2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont, OH 43420
The Washington County Career Center21740 State Route 676, Marietta, OH 45750
Tri-Rivers Career Center2222 Marion-Mt. Gilead Road, Marion, OH 43302
Trumbull Career & Tech Center-Adult Training Center1776 Salt Spring Road, Lordstown, OH 44481
Unviersity of Northwestern Ohio1441 N. Cable Road, Lima, OH 45805
Upper Valley Joint Vocational School8811 Career Drive, Piqua, OH 45356
Vatterott College-Cleveland5025 E. Royalton Road, Broadview Heights, OH 44147
Washington State Community College710 Colgate Drive, Marietta, OH 45750

How to Get Licensed in Ohio

The Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board oversees the licensure of HVAC contractors.

For HVAC apprentices and technicians, you don’t need a license, but you must be working under a licensed contractor.

Type of License

The Board only has one type of state-level license to issue: the Ohio Commercial Contractor HVAC License.

To qualify for this license, you must meet the following:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • A U.S. citizen or proof of being a legal alien
  • Proof of trade experience or work verification, either:
    • At least 5 years of demonstrable field experience
    • Currently a registered engineer in Ohio with at least 3 years of business experience in the construction industry in the trade for which you’re applying to take the examination
    • Other relevant experiences acceptable to the Board
  • Successfully pass the state and federal background checks
  • Successfully pass the exam
  • Have at least $500,000 in contractor liability coverage

Licensing by Examination

As a new license applicant, you will have to take the exam with PSI to obtain the license.

Before you can be eligible to test, you must get pre-approved by the Board first.

Submit to the Board the following:

  • Duly accomplished and notarized application form
  • Payment of the application fee of $25

If the board approves, then…

  • Submit your background check information to PSI before sitting for the exam
  • Schedule your exam with PSI and pay the exam fee of $69 for each exam portion

Note that your eligibility to test is only valid for 1 year.

Exam Details

Here are the important things you should know about the exam:

  • It’s a computer-based test
  • You will take 2 test portions:
    • Business and Law exam
      • No. of items – 50 plus 5 pre-test questions
      • Exam duration – 2 hours
    • HVAC Contractor exam
      • No. of items – 100 plus 10 pre-test questions
      • Exam duration – 4 hours
  • You must score at least 70% to pass
  • It will be an open-book exam, so you can bring approved reference materials to the testing site
  • You can get the exam results immediately upon completion marked with “Pass” or “Fail”
  • If you fail, you can have another 4 attempts within the eligibility period to retest

Applying for the License

If you pass the exam, submit to the Board the following for the processing of your license:

  • Duly accomplished and notarized application form
  • Payment of application fee of $25, payable to the State Treasurer
  • A copy of your exam results
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance

Licensing by Reciprocity

The Board will grant reciprocity for the following states:

  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • West Virginia

HVAC contractors from these states won’t have to take the Ohio trade exam; only the business and law exam.

Renewal Requirements

Your license is only valid for a year from the issuance date, but you can renew it on an annual or 3-year basis.

To renew, submit to the Board the following:

  • Renewal application form
  • Proof of completing the 8 hours of continuing education (half online, half in-person) in Board-approved classes
  • Payment of the renewal fee
    • $60 for the 1-year renewal
    • $180 for the 3-year renewal

EPA Certification

In your line of work, you’ll eventually handle and dispose of refrigerants, which are harmful to the environment.

That’s why the Environmental Protection Agency requires that all technicians working with refrigerants get certified.

That certification is called the EPA Section 608 Technician Certification.

To learn more about it, check out our guide to the EPA certification.

Potential Salary

Per the BLS, HVAC technicians in Ohio can potentially earn an average of $52,710 annually.

Entry-level HVAC technicians can earn as much as $31,440, while experts can earn as much as $76,040.

In the table below, you can check out the salary offers in 10 of the state’s cities.

Annual Salary Range:

Average Salary of HVAC Techs in Ohio

City NameSalary
* Salary information last updated 2024

Regional Salary

RegionEmployedAvg. Annual SalaryAvg. Hourly PayTop 10% Annual SalaryBottom 10% Annual Salary
Akron, OH800$54,950$26.42$81,420$35,540
Canton-Massillon, OH480$51,800$24.9$72,240$33,850
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN2,940$56,320$27.08$78,530$36,400
Cleveland-Elyria, OH2,660$57,280$27.54$79,600$36,200
Columbus, OH2,710$57,600$27.69$79,550$36,210
Dayton, OH1,050$53,650$25.79$75,480$35,020
Lima, OH160$55,400$26.63$79,230$35,590
Mansfield, OH130$54,700$26.3$71,020$36,440
Springfield, OH90$60,180$28.94$93,920$45,120
Toledo, OH620$58,420$28.09$95,480$35,210
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA410$52,510$25.25$72,830$33,740
* 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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