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Wisconsin has a thriving HVAC industry, with 5,350 professionals as of May 2021 per the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

So it’s no wonder that the employment level has increased and the salary has become more competitive.

It has created plenty of job prospects for those willing to develop their skills and careers.

On this page, you’ll learn how to become a legally recognized HVAC technician in Wisconsin.

HVAC Programs in Wisconsin

Due to its high technical work, you must possess extensive knowledge and skills before entering the industry.

You can acquire these from approved HVAC programs, which provide you with the training and experience to learn the trade.

The table below lists some of the accredited HVAC schools in Wisconsin that you can check out.

16 HVAC Schools in Wisconsin

School NameAddress
Ashworth College6625 The Corners Pkwy NW #500, Norcross, GA 30092
Blackhawk Technical College6004 Prairie Road, Janesville, WI 53547
Chippewa Valley Technical College620 W. Clairemont Street, Eau Claire, WI 54701
Gateway Technical College - Kenosha Campus3520 30th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53144
HVAC TrainingN57 W 13466 Reichert Ave, Menomonee Falls, WI 53007
hvacredu.net (Online Training)P.O. Box 77, Heron, MT 59844
Madison Area Technical College3550 Anderson Street, Madison, WI 53704
Mid-State Technical College500-32nd Street North, Wis. Rapids, WI 54494
Milwaukee Area Technical College6665 South Howell Avenue, Oak Creek, WI 53154
Moraine Park Technical College235 N National Avenue, Fond du Lac, WI 54936
Nicolet Area Technical CollegePO Box 518, Rhinelander, WI 54501
Northcentral Technical College - Wausau Campus1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau, WI 54401
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College2740 W. Mason Street, Green Bay, WI 54307
Waukesha County Technical College800 Main Street, Pewaukee, WI 53072
Western Wisconsin Technical College304 North 6th Street, Lacrosse, WI 54601
Wisconsin IndianHead Technical College600 North 21st Street, Superior, WI 54880

How to Get Certified or Registered in Wisconsin

There’s no mandatory state-level licensing for HVAC technicians and contractors in Wisconsin.

But if you want to have a legal credential, you can apply for the following:

  • HVAC Qualifier Certification – an optional state-level certification that validates your qualifications or skills
  • HVAC Contractor Registration – a mandatory state-level requirement that validates your ability to legally operate an HVAC business

These will be issued by the WI Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS).

Application Requirements for Certification or Registration

To obtain your certification or registration, you must meet its requirements.

HVAC Qualifier

You must have…

  • Completed and submitted the Application for HVAC Qualifier Certification form
  • Paid the initial credential fee
    • Application fee – $15
    • Exam fee – $25
  • Provided proof of meeting one of the education and/or experience requirements
    • At least 1,000 hours per year for at least 4 years of experience in supervising or performing HVAC work
    • At least 4 years of HVAC program, apprenticeship program, or mechanical engineering course in an accredited school
    • Any combination of 4 years of experience and education listed above
  • Successfully passed the required exam

HVAC Contractor

You must have…

  • Obtained a Business Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)
  • Designated a business representative
    • Sole proprietary – owner
    • Partnership – any of the partners
    • Corporation – chairman of the board or CEO
  • Completed and submitted the Application for HVAC Contractor Registration form
  • Paid the initial credential fee
    • Application fee – $15
    • Credential fee – $160

Taking the HVAC Qualifier Certification Exam

DSPS will administer the HVAC Qualifier Certification exam.

Here are the exam details:

  • It will consist of 100 questions in 4 hours
  • It will be an open-book exam, covering topics contained in the following:
    • Wis. Admin. Code § SPS 320-325, SPS 341, and SPS 345
    • 2005 SMACNA HVAC Duct Construction Standards Manual-Metal and Flexible
    • 2013 ASHRAE Fundamentals
    • 2015 NFPA 54 (only those parts dealing with gas piping and gas piping installations per Wis. Admin. Code § SPS 365.0400)
    • 2015 International Model Code
      • Building (IBC)
      • Mechanical (IMC)
      • Fuel gas (IFGC)
      • Energy conservation (IECC)
      • Existing buildings (IEBC)
      • Amendments to those codes in Wis. Admin. Code § SPS 361-366
  • Passing rate – 70%

Renewal Requirements

Your certification or registration will expire every four years on the issuance date.

To renew, you must submit the following:

  • Completed renewal form (mailed or online)
  • Renewal fee
    • HVAC Qualifier – $60
    • HVAC Contractor – $160

EPA Certification

As mandated by federal law, any technician working with refrigerants must get the EPA Section 608 Technician Certification.

Having it ensures you have the competency to properly handle and dispose of refrigerants, which causes ozone depletion.

To learn how to get certified, check out our guide to the EPA certification.

Potential Salary

Per BLS, HVAC technicians in Wisconsin can earn an annual mean wage of $59,130 as of May 2021.

Those in the 10 percentile can earn up to $37,710, while those in the 90th can earn more than $94,110.

The table below shows the salaries in 10 of the state’s cities for your reference.

Annual Salary Range:

Average Salary of HVAC Techs in Wisconsin

City NameSalary
Green Bay$44,826
Eau Claire$43,203
West Allis$46,326
* Salary information last updated 2024

Regional Salary

RegionEmployedAvg. Annual SalaryAvg. Hourly PayTop 10% Annual SalaryBottom 10% Annual Salary
Appleton, WI380$68,380$32.87$102,000$44,410
Eau Claire, WI200$65,430$31.46$98,170$39,590
Fond du Lac, WI120$68,340$32.86$100,020$44,910
Green Bay, WI340$62,230$29.92$100,650$38,030
Janesville-Beloit, WI130$57,360$27.58$86,340$37,830
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN200$65,900$31.69$102,020$44,960
Madison, WI890$65,390$31.44$103,500$41,600
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI1,650$69,590$33.46$104,860$45,930
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI140$55,690$26.78$79,880$38,030
Racine, WI180$63,710$30.63$100,590$38,130
Sheboygan, WI140$64,580$31.05$99,710$39,050
Wausau, WI90$58,900$28.32$80,710$37,950
* 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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