Sign In
Skip to main content Open accessibility information page
Newark Skyline

State Board of Examiners of Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) Contractors

Frequently Asked Questions


General Questions

  1. Do I need to be licensed as a master heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) contractor?

    N.J.S.A. 45:16A-7 states that "a person shall not work as a Master HVACR contractor or use the title or designation of 'licensed Master HVACR contractor' or 'Master HVACR contractor' unless licensed pursuant to the provisions of this act." If you are working as a Master HVACR contractor and you do not qualify for an exemption to this requirement, you must obtain a license from the Board.

  2. What are the exemptions to the licensing requirement?

    The following individuals are exempt from licensing requirements:

    • Those who are licensed to practice in New Jersey and are practicing within the scope of practice of their profession (including architects, professional engineers, well drillers and pump installers, electrical contractors and master plumbers);

    • Chimney service professionals regulated by the Division of Consumer Affairs as home improvement contractors acting within the scope of practice of their profession;

    • Single family home owners who perform work on their own dwellings (HVACR work involving chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) or hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) cannot be performed by a home owner);

    • Licensed master plumbers who are engaged in the installation, maintenance and repair of:

      1. Power boiler systems, hot water and steam heating systems, fire tube and watertube boilers, pressure steam and hot water boilers, space heaters, unit heaters, and appurtenances utilizing electricity, fossil fuel or solar energy;

      2. Steam, hot water and chilled water pipe, condensate piping, valves, fittings, burners and piping, expansion tanks, pumps and gauges on the load side of a meter;

      3. Thermostatic controls; or

      4. ​Natural or manufactured gas piping;

    • Licensed master plumbers who are engaged in the installation, maintenance or connection of:

      1. Pneumatic controls and control piping for the control of air, liquid or gas temperatures, radiators, convectors, cabinet unit heaters, fan coil units, air handlers utilizing hydronic coils, mechanical ventilation for radon mitigation, humidifiers, flues and patented chimneys; or

      2. ​Pneumatic controls and control piping of automatic oil, gas or coal burning equipment, gasoline or diesel oil dispensing equipment and in replacement cases only, connecting to them the wiring from a dedicated electrical service disconnect box of adequate size to accommodate the equipment and controls, and the testing and balancing of hydronic systems;

    • Licensed master plumbers who are engaged in the installation, repair, testing or closure of waste oil underground storage tanks;

    • Licensed electrical contractors who are engaged in the installation of:

      1. Electrical resistance heating equipment and ventilation equipment with an exhaust duct not exceeding 60 square inches in area; or

      2. ​In commercial applications the connection sleeve between a roof-top mounted exhaust fan and its central connecting register, provided that this connection sleeve is not more than 15 inches in length or the length necessary to penetrate a roof or other similar openings; or

    • Licensed electrical contractors who are engaged in the maintenance and repair of the electrical sections of any equipment used for heating, ventilating, air conditioning or refrigeration.
  3. I have not been engaged in the practice of installing, servicing, and maintaining HVACR systems for at least the last two years, how do I qualify for a license?

    A person who does not qualify for a license through "grandfathering" can qualify for a license by completing an education and the Board licensing examination.

    A person who seeks to obtain a license through education and examination must complete one of the following:

    • Five years of employment in the HVACR contracting business which consists of:

      1. Four or more years in an HVACR apprenticeship or other training program approved by the United States Department of Labor, which includes education in the proper management of chlorofluorocarbons and other refrigerants, including high global warming potential gases; and
      2. One or more years employment as an HVACR journeyperson;

    • A bachelor's degree in HVACR from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, which includes education in the proper management of chlorofluorocarbons and other refrigerants, including high global warming potential gases, and one year experience in the practical work of installing, servicing or maintaining HVACR systems; or

    • A bachelor's degree in HVACR from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, which includes education in the proper management of chlorofluorocarbons and other refrigerants, including high global warming potential gases, and one year experience in the practical work of installing, servicing or maintaining HVACR systems; or

    • Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 45:16A-13, successful completion of an HVACR program given by a technical school, trade school, county college, or community college accredited by a regional accredited body recognized by the United States Department of Education, Office of the Postsecondary Education, shall satisfy two of the four years required by (a)1i ​above.
  4. I am licensed in another state as a master HVACR contractor, can I get a license in New Jersey based on that license?

    If another state has licensure standards equal to those in New Jersey, and the state allows New Jersey licensed master HVACR contractors to get a license based on New Jersey licensure, a person licensed in that other state may qualify for a license in New Jersey without taking the licensing examination.

    A person seeking a license based on licensure in another state (reciprocity) should submit an application, proof that he or she completed one of the education programs required of applicants educated in New Jersey, proof that he or she is licensed in another state, and proof that the other state allows New Jersey licensed Master HVACR contractors to obtain a license in that state based upon New Jersey licensure.

  5. How can I obtain an application?

    The license fee is $160.00. There is also a fee of $25.00 for the pressure seal issued to each licensed Master HVACR contractor.

  6. How often must a license be renewed?

    Licenses must be renewed every two years.

  7. What is the cost to renew a license?

    The license renewal fee is $160.00.

  8. Am I required to complete continuing education in order to renew my license?

    Yes, every licensee must complete five credits of continuing education at a Board approved course every biennial period.

  9. If I apply for a license as a Master HVACR Contractor, how long is the review process? and when will I receive my license?

    The State Board of Examiners of HVACR Contractors meet once per month. Board Members will schedule review applications for each meeting. All applications must be reviewed and approved by the Board. Approval letters will be sent to applicants as soon as possible.

  10. If am approved by the Board, receive my approval letter and pay the licensing fee, how long after will I receive my actual Master HVACR license?

    Once your licensing fee is processed by the Revenue Department and the application process is complete, you should receive your license within 15 - 20 days.

Last Modified: 9/18/2017 11:03 AM