To join the ranks of more than 8,000 certified air conditioning contractors in Florida, you’ll need to meet several requirements. However, the requirements vary depending on where you want to work and the type of HVAC services you want to offer.
In this article, learn all you need to know about how to get a Florida HVAC contractor’s licenses.
Need an HVAC license in another state? Check out our state-by-state HVAC license requirements guide.
Florida HVAC license requirements
The first step in structuring your HVAC business is to get a Florida HVAC license. Florida offers three licensing options:
Class A certified air-conditioning contractor: This license allows a contractor to install, maintain and repair heating and cooling systems of any size, and it allows the contractor to work anywhere in the state.
Class B certified air-conditioning contractor: This license allows a contractor to install, maintain and repair heating systems if the heating capacity per unit is below 500,000 BTUs and cooling systems if the cooling capacity per unit is less than 25 tons. Contractors with a Class B certified license are also allowed to work anywhere in the state. More about HVAC Technician Insurance
Registered air-conditioning contractor (Class A or B): This license allows a contractor to work on heating and cooling systems in a designated local area only.
Class A and B HVAC contractor licenses in Florida
Class A and Class B certified licenses in Florida have the same requirements, with one exception. Although both licenses require a state licensing exam, the trade knowledge portion of a Class A license exam is longer and tests more industry knowledge than the Class B exam.
All other requirements for Class A and B certified licenses are the same. Contractors must have:
Have a combination of education and experience totaling at least four years. Applicants with a four-year degree must have at least one year of experience, while applicants with no education experience must have at least one year of working as a foreman.
Take and pass both sections of the Florida HVAC certification exam.
Submit the application fee of $249 or $149, depending on the time of year you are applying.
Submit an electronic copy of your fingerprints for a background check.
Demonstrate financial responsibility through an official credit report with a FICO credit score above 660, or a construction license bond or irrevocable letter of credit.
Provide proof that you have resolved any liens, judgments or bankruptcies, if applicable.
Carry HVAC business insurance policies that meet the state minimum requirements (learn more below).
Complete and sign the appropriate state license application for Class A or Class B certified licenses.