There is plenty of work available in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) field. With most summer days averaging temperatures above 100℉, Nevada is no different.
To become an HVAC technician in the Silver State, you need the proper training and an EPA Certificate if working with refrigerants. Your municipality may also offer additional registration or licensing options. Only HVAC contractors must be licensed by the state.
Let’s dive into how you can start your HVAC career in Nevada today.
Do You Need an HVAC Tech Certification in Nevada?
HVAC techs do not need a state license in Nevada. Your employer will determine if you’re qualified enough for the job.
If you plan to hire other techs or take on larger projects on your own, you’ll want to apply for your HVAC contractor’s license, discussed further below.
Becoming an HVAC Tech in Nevada
Competent HVAC workers in Nevada need to pinpoint and diagnose problems with HVAC equipment, conduct warranty servicing, and perform emergency repairs. To do this, you’ll need the right education, training, and certifications.
Education and Training
Once you’ve finished high school, you can complete a training or educational program in HVAC studies at a trade school or your local community college. You may also want to apply for a registered apprenticeship, which offers a paid work opportunity as you learn the trade.
HVAC techs working on refrigeration will need their EPA 608 Certificate. There are four versions of this certificate, and you’ll need to pass a test for each certificate type.
- Type I: servicing small appliances
- Type II: servicing or disposing of high-pressure appliances excluding small appliances
- Type III: servicing or disposing of low-pressure appliances
- Type III: servicing all equipment
You may also be interested in nationally-recognized certificates, such as those given by NATE, to distinguish your resume from the competition.
HVAC Contractor Licensing in NV
HVAC contractors in the state will select between a plumbing and heating contracting license or a refrigeration and air conditioning license. Each license has different classifications to choose from.
To become an HVAC contractor, you’ll need the following:
- 4+ years of experience within the last 15 years as an HVAC technician or supervisor. Up to three years of board-approved educational training may be accepted.
- Submit a certified financial statement. Those requesting a limit of less than $10,000 can prepare the statement themselves, while those working for more than this amount will need the statement to be completed by a certified public accountant (CPA)
- Have the qualifying individual pass the required contractor exams
- Pass a criminal background check
- Pay a $300 application fee
Once you meet the requirements, you can apply for your license.
First, you’ll need to get your state business license through the NV Secretary of State. You’ll choose from the partnership, LLC, corporation, nonprofit, or sole proprietorship business options.
Next, you’ll apply for your contractor license through the NV State Contractors Board.
After your license is accepted, you’ll need to obtain and present a bond, proof of worker’s compensation, and pay any remaining licensing fees.
To read this article in Spanish, click here.