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Georgia HVAC license and insurance requirements

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By Ashley Henshaw
Nov 1, 2021 min read

In Georgia’s warm, humid climate, keeping cool is a top priority. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), nearly all homes in the state have air conditioning.1

With weather that swings from hot and muggy in the summer to nearly freezing in the winter, Georgia HVAC contractors are in high demand. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks both the Atlanta metropolitan area and the South Georgia nonmetropolitan area among the geographical locations with the highest employment rates for HVAC professionals in the country.2

It’s clear that heating and cooling is big business in Georgia. But to work as an HVAC contractor in this state, you’ll need a license from the Division of Conditioned Air Contractors of the Construction Industry Licensing Board.3 The process to become licensed involves a number of steps, including passing an exam. Follow this guide to learn more about how to get an HVAC contractor license in Georgia, including:

Do you need a license to be an HVAC contractor?

If you’re hoping for a loophole in the licensing requirement, you’re out of luck. All Georgia HVAC contractors must have a license. This has been state law since 1949, and it applies to any individual who works in the “business of conditioned air contracting as a conditioned air contractor.”4

Georgia HVAC contractor license requirements

The following is an overview of the general Georgia HVAC license requirements:

  • Four to five years of documented work experience
  • Three professional references
  • A passing score of at least 70% on the HVAC contractor exam
  • Application and exam fees
  • Georgia business insurance, specifically workers’ compensation and general liability insurance
  • A $10,000 cash or surety bond

More details on these requirements can be found in this guide.

Georgia HVAC license classifications

Georgia offers two types of HVAC licenses for contractors:

Class I Restricted

This license limits HVAC contractors to working on equipment that does not exceed 175,000 BTU of heating and 60,000 BTU of cooling. You need four years of documented experience for a Class I license.

Class II Non-restricted

HVAC contractors with a Class II license can work on any type of heating and cooling equipment. To qualify for this license classification, you must show five years of work experience that includes installations of conditioned air systems exceeding 175,000 BTU of heating and 60,000 BTU of cooling. 

EPA license requirement

When you apply to become a licensed HVAC contractor in Georgia, you’ll also need to show that you have a Type II or higher certification from the Environmental Protection Association (EPA). This certification demonstrates that you’ve been trained in how to properly handle refrigerants according to the Section 608 of the Clean Air Act.5

How to get an HVAC license in Georgia

To get your license, you need to complete three steps:

Let's dig into the details on what you need to do for each of these steps.

Step 1: Submit your application

The application includes the following sections:

  1. Personal information: Include your name, Social Security Number, address, etc.
  2. Qualifying licensee registration: Indicate whether you will serve as a qualifying licensee for a conditioned air company.
  3. Experience record: List the details of your past employment.
  4. References: Provide three notarized reference forms from professionally licensed individuals with knowledge of your work experience.
  5. Education: Submit proof of your education in the field, such as completion of a certificate program from a vocational/technical school, as well as a copy of your EPA card showing Type II or higher certification.
  6. Personal history: Answer questions about previous licensing in other states (if applicable) and include a criminal background check.
  7. Applicant affidavit: Submit a copy of your driver’s license, passport, immigration papers, or other related citizenship documents.

In addition to the completed application, you’ll also need to submit a $30 non-refundable application fee.

Step 2: Submit an exam scheduling form

If Georgia Construction Industry Licensing Board determines that you are eligible to take the HVAC contractor exam, you’ll receive instructions on what to do next, including:

  • How to register for the exam
  • What to review in preparation for the exam
  • How much you’ll need to pay for the exam

Follow these instructions to select your exam day, time, and location and submit your exam scheduling form. Fees vary based on the type of license you’re pursuing.

Step 3: Pass the exam

You’ll go to a PSI/AMP testing location to take the exam via computer. If you pass, the Georgia Construction Industry Licensing Board will update your status on their website. If you fail, you’ll receive information on how to retake the exam.

How long does it take to get your HVAC license in Georgia?

It generally takes several months to get an HVAC contractor license in Georgia. Application reviews take place in rounds, so you’ll need to check the Board website to find out the date of the next application deadline. Exams are typically scheduled about three months after the application deadline. You can check your application status on the Board website while you await approval.

Georgia HVAC license renewal requirements

You must renew your Georgia HVAC license every two years to keep it active. In order to renew your license, you’ll need to:

  1. Pay the license renewal fee: Currently, the renewal fee is $75. 
  2. Complete continuing education courses: Georgia HVAC contractors must complete at least four hours of continuing education courses per year. You’ll need to provide documentation with your license renewal application.

Georgia HVAC license reciprocity 

Georgia HVAC license reciprocity is available for licensed HVAC contractors from the following states:

  • Louisiana
  • Texas
  • South Carolina

When applying, you must include a certification letter from the state board verifying that you have an active license and passed the state’s HVAC contractor exam.

Georgia HVAC license bond requirements

Georgia HVAC contractors must secure a $10,000 surety bond. Check with your local county government to find out how to submit proof of your bond. 

What kind of insurance does an HVAC need in Georgia?

You’ll need HVAC insurance in order to get your license. Consider getting the following types of insurance to protect your HVAC business. 

Workers’ Compensation insurance

All HVAC contractors must have workers’ compensation insurance in Georgia. If you or one of your HVAC technicians gets hurt on the job, this insurance provides wage protection and other benefits.

General Liability insurance

You’ll also need to show proof of general liability insurance for your HVAC business. This provides coverage for work-related accidents, property damage, and more.

Professional Liability insurance

If you make a mistake on the job, professional liability insurance can help with legal costs and client reimbursements.

Tools and Equipment insurance

Tools and equipment insurance provides repair and replacement coverage for damaged or stolen work gear.

Commercial Auto insurance

If you use a work vehicle, you’ll need commercial auto insurance to cover costs related to accidents, such as legal defense and damages to other people. Additionally, liability insurance covers towing, repairs, and rental reimbursement. 

Commercial Property insurance

Commercial property insurance provides coverage for certain causes of physical damage to property you own or rent.

What is the certificate of insurance requirement in Georgia for HVAC contractors?

Georgia HVAC contractors must show proof of general liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance. You’ll need to provide a certificate of insurance for each policy.

How NEXT Insurance supports Georgia HVAC contractors

We specialize in small business insurance for HVAC contractors and can put together a custom package based on your unique needs.

With our online service, it’s easy to apply for coverage and get a certificate of insurance in just minutes. We also offer an unlimited number of digital certificates at no extra charge.

NEXT offers convenient and affordable service whenever you need it. We’re available to help anytime 24/7, and you can get things done quickly and efficiently with your easy-to-use online account.

Get an instant quote online today to take the next step in your HVAC career.

Looking for more information on what states require HVAC licenses? Check out our summary of HVAC contractor license requirements across the U.S.

Sources

1 U.S. Energy Information Administration

2 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

3 Division of Conditioned Air Contractors of the Construction Industry Licensing Board

4 Conditioned Air Association of Georgia (CAAG)

5 Environmental Protection Agency

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By Ashley Henshaw
Ashley Henshaw is a contributing writer at NEXT Insurance and a writer and editor at BrainBoost Media. She specializes in small business topics, covering everything from insurance and branding to web hosting and cryptocurrency. Her work is focused on helping independent business owners and entrepreneurs access the tools they need to succeed.
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