HVAC Education and Training Requirements Kentucky
Undergraduate Education Options
Aside from undergoing a formal apprenticeship program that usually takes 3 to 5 years, another viable option to start your career in HVAC in Kentucky is to take HVAC courses at a training center or college. Presently, there is around 15 community/technical colleges that offer HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) programs within the state of Kentucky. The technical programs provided by these institutions can be completed in as little as 6 months or up to two years, depending on the course that you’ll be choosing. Certification programs usually take 6 months which is quite fitting for those who do not have enough time for school or just want to take a very specific training/course in HVAC. Associate’s degrees on the other hand will usually take up to two years (4 semesters) to complete. Some Kentucky HVAC schools required the enrolled students to achieve a minimum grade of “C”. HVAC programs in these schools mostly have no special admission requirements but only the college’s general admission requirements
Here are some of the Associate degrees, Diploma programs and certifications offered by Kentucky HVAC schools. The credit hours per program specified below might differ from one school to another.
HVAC-R Associate in Applied Science Degree: ( usually minimum of two years or four semesters)
- HVAC-R (107 credit hours)
- Air Conditioning Technology (60-66 credit hours)
- General Occupational/Technical Studies (60-66 credit hours)
- Domestic Air Conditioner and Furnace Installer (37 credit hours)
- Domestic Air Conditioner and Furnace Installer (36-37 credit hours)
- Refrigeration Mechanic (27-28 credit hours)
- Environmental Control System Servicer (16 – 26 credit hours)
- Environmental System Repair Helper (9 – 15 credit hours)
- OSHA 10 Safety Certification
- EPA 608 Refrigerant Handling Certification
- Commercial Energy Auditor Certification
- Air Conditioning Technology Diploma (60 credit hours)
- Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Mechanic (47-54 credit hours)
Some of these schools even offer programs that will enable students to earn an Apprentice License after having 1500 hours of apprenticeship which is already part of the school’s coursework. These hours of apprenticeship can also be credited for the 3,000 hours work requirement for a Journeyman’s License. Journeyman’s License can be obtained through apprenticeship under a Kentucky Master HVAC Contractor, and passing the State HVAC Journeyman Exam. After working as a Journeyman, under a Kentucky Master HVAC Mechanic for two years the student can be eligible to take the Master HVAC test and become a licensed HVAC Master.
Getting HVAC License
At the present moment, the only state that has a reciprocal agreement with the state of Kentucky is Ohio. This means that if you own a legitimate Ohio mechanical contractor license, you may be eligible to reciprocate with Kentucky to obtain a Kentucky master HVAC license without meeting certain requirements. Licenses for apprenticeship must be obtained through being under the general supervision of a master HVAC contractor and be under the direct supervision of a journeyman HVAC mechanic. If you wish to obtain a Master HVAC Contractor license in Kentucky, you must have a valid Kentucky journeyman HVAC mechanic license for not less than two years. Applicants for any HVAC license within Kentucky must be not less than 18 years of age and regularly and principally employed or engaged in the HVAC trade.
With the note-worthy and rapid changes in science and technology this past few years, the HVAC trade and occupation is already acknowledged as an allied study of Physical science. Owing to the fact that there are harmful chemicals and materials associated with the HVAC vocation, a federal legislation was passed to mandate certification of individuals for the correct utilization and handling of these chemicals.
Continuing education is a very important part of any professional career or vocational trade. This will allow an HVAC tech to be aware and get educated about the ongoing technological developments and advancements in HVAC. This can also widen your field of expertise and further develop your skills and knowledge. In Kentucky, each year there are a variety of HVAC courses available for credit which are hosted by a number of highly regarded instructors and providers. According to the HVAC Division of Kentucky’s Department of Housing, Buildings, and Construction, the required continuing education in HVAC shall be completed by the licensee within the 12 months preceding renewal.