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In South Dakota, the state won’t issue and require an HVAC license for you to provide HVAC services.

Instead, respective localities will oversee the application for licenses.

On this page, you’ll learn important information before you can work as an HVAC technician or contractor in South Dakota.

HVAC Programs in South Dakota

Before anything else, you must complete an approved HVAC program from an accredited school.

In this way, you can obtain the fundamental knowledge and skills, as well as field training and experience needed for employment.

Check out the table below for a list of schools offering HVAC programs in South Dakota.

5 HVAC Schools in South Dakota

School NameAddress
Ashworth College6625 The Corners Pkwy NW #500, Norcross, GA 30092
hvacredu.net (Online Training)P.O. Box 77, Heron, MT 59844
Lake Area Technical Institute230 11th Street NE, Watertown, SD 57201
Mitchell Technical Institute821 N. Capital Street, Mitchell, SD 57301
SouthEast Technical Institute2320 Career Place, Sioux Falls, SD 57107

EPA Certification

The federal law stipulates that technicians who work with refrigerants must acquire EPA Section 608 Technician Certification.

Here, you can get any one of the 4 certification types depending on the equipment you’ll work with the most.

To learn which type you must get, check out our guide to the EPA certification.

Local-level Licensing

As mentioned, there won’t be a state-level HVAC license but a local-level license.

For example, Sioux Falls requires contractors to have a…

  • Mechanical contractor license for mechanical and HVAC work
  • Refrigeration contractor license for refrigeration and coolant work

Do note that not all localities may require a license.

So it’s recommended that you check the locality where you’ll be working if they have special requirements.

Potential Salary

The job market in the HVAC industry gets more and more competitive each year.

According to BLS (May 2021), HVAC technicians in South Dakota can earn an annual salary of…

  • Mean wage – $48,400
  • Entry-level (low 10%) – $35,680
  • Experts (top 10%) – $62,000

Below, you’ll find the salaries in 10 of South Dakota’s cities.

Annual Salary Range:

Average Salary of HVAC Techs in South Dakota

City NameSalary
Sioux Falls$40,953
Rapid City$40,555
* Salary information last updated 2024

Regional Salary

RegionEmployedAvg. Annual SalaryAvg. Hourly PayTop 10% Annual SalaryBottom 10% Annual Salary
Rapid City, SD170$55,200$26.54$86,650$38,020
Sioux Falls, SD500$57,350$27.57$85,860$38,710
* 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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