Georgia HVAC Contractors License
A Conditioned Air Contractor license allow for the bidding and contracting as well as the installation, repair, or service of conditioned air systems or conditioned air equipment. Service to or installation of the electrical connection between the electrical disconnects and conditioned air equipment is considered to be installation, repair, or service of conditioned air equipment or the conditioned air system. The 2 levels of Conditioned Air Contractor in Georgia are: Class I conditioned air contractor licenses are restricted to conditioned air contracting involving conditioned air systems or equipment not exceeding 175,000 BTU of heating and 60,000 BTU of cooling. Class II licenses are unrestricted. For classifying systems, each complete system in a single installation is to be considered an individual job. These licenses allow for the bidding and contracting as well as the installation, repair, or service of conditioned air systems or conditioned air equipment. Service to or installation of the electrical connection between the electrical disconnects and conditioned air equipment is considered to be installation, repair, or service of conditioned air equipment or the conditioned air system.
Georgia HVAC Contractors License Requirements
A contractors license is required in Georgia at the state level for any residential or commercial project that exceeds $2,500 in value. All electrical, plumbing, and conditioned air contractors, journeymen, and masters are also required to be licensed. There are 2 levels of Conditioned Air Contractor Licenses offered in Georgia. The experience requirements are listed below: Applicants must document experience and submit three letters of reference. Class 1 – Restricted – Applicants must document a minimum of four years experience. Class 2 – Unrestricted – Applicants must show five years of experience and must have documented experience with installations of conditioned air systems, which exceed 175,000 BTU (net) of heating and 60,000 BTU of cooling. Experience for Class I shall consist of two years of installation as a lead mechanic, one year as a service technician or service supervisor (to include an Environmental Protection Agency license), one year of residential supervisory experience, and a Board approved heat loss and gain and duct design. Experience for Class II shall consist of two years of installation as a lead mechanic with at least one of the years being commercial only, one year as a service technician or service supervisor (to include an Environmental Protection Agency license), two years of commercial supervisory experience and a Board approved heat loss and gain and duct design course. Education may be applied toward the experience requirements as follows: (a) Completion of a diploma program of a technical school in engineering or engineering technology may be credited as no more than 2 years experience. (b) Completion of a certificate program of a vocational-technical school may be credited as no more than 1-year experience. More info here.
Georgia HVAC Contractors Fees
The exam fee is $240. A nonrefundable fee of $200.00 must be submitted with application. The fees for the exams vary according to each trade. This amount sometimes includes both the non-refundable application processing fee and covers one or two-year fee. There are no state mandated minimum financial requirements for this license at this time. More info here.
Georgia HVAC Contractors Exam Details
Pre-approval from the state is required to sit for the examination. The HVAC exam has 100 questions Testing is offered throughout the year. It is an open book, timed test with 100 weighted questions and a 7-hour time limit. The exam is divided into two parts with 3.5 hours for each half. There are Business and Law type questions and technical questions. It is all multiple-choice. A score of 70% is required to pass the exam. Please note that a separate Georgia Business and Law exam is NOT required to be passed to obtain your contractor’s license. If you should fail the exam twice, you must complete a state approved training course before testing again. It is incorporated into the Conditioned Air examination. More info here.
HVAC Exam Content
Regulations, Laws and Administrative Functions
Maintain and Repair System
Total Number of Test Questions: 100
Time Allowed: 420 minutes
Books That Are Allowed Into The Exam
1. Georgia Gas Code, 2006 (2006 International Fuel Gas Code with 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012 Georgia amendments). Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc.
2. Georgia Mechanical Code, 2006 (2006 International Mechanical Code with 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 Georgia amendments). Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc.
3. Georgia State Electrical Code (2011 NEC -OR- National Electrical Code Handbook with 2009 Georgia amendments), NFPA.
4. Manual D - Duct Design for Residential Winter and Summer Air Conditioning, 2009, ACCA.
5. Manual J - Load Calculation for Residential Winter and Summer Air Conditioning, 8th Edition, 2006, ACCA.
6. Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology, 6th Edition, 2004, -OR- 7th Edition, 2012, W. C. Whitman and W. M. Johnson.
7. Contractors Guide to Business, Law, and Project Management, 4th Edition, Georgia Construction Industry Licensing Board (NASCLA).
8. Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA), Revised as of 2008 or Later - OR - (OSHA) Excerpts as of 2008 by PSI.
9. Carrier System Design Manuals (1-3), Carrier Air Conditioning Company.
10. Flexible Duct Performance & Installation Standards, 5th Edition, 2010, Air Diffusion Council.
11. Trane Ductulator, Current, The Trane Company.
12. Flexible Duct Slide Rule or Calculator, such as ACCA Duct Calculation Slide Rule, Air Conditioning Contractors of America.
Georgia HVAC Contractors Exam Home Study Kit $199
Our home study materials are available in either books with CD-ROMs version or online downloadable version. Our CD-ROM software is developed using the computer-assisted testing software, which means that no internet or prior computer experience is required. Both CD-ROM and instant online download versions are identical and cover everything you need to study and pass your contractors exam. The complete home study kit includes: HVAC study manual with over 100 pages of HVAC formulas, installation terminology, math examples, troubleshooting, and more. Plus, over five hundred of practice exam questions covering HVAC exams. All orders also receive a complete contractors application review, 30-day online exam support, and 24/7 online applicant support.
Georgia Contractors License Reciprocity
The State of Georgia has reciprocity with Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee. However, you must have held the same classification of license in these states for at least three years to qualify for reciprocity. More info here.