Florida HVAC Licenses and Certificates

If you are interested in getting your Florida HVAC license, you will need to review the licensing requirements and guidelines set forth by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, a division of the Florida’s Construction Industry Licensing Board.

HVAC licenses fall under the “Class A & B Air Conditioning” and “Air Conditioning Service” occupation and class codes, and licenses are issued either by registration or by certification. In the State of Florida, candidates who take a local HVAC competency exam can become registered but are only able to practice in their locale. Candidates who pass a state examination in this field can practice throughout the state of Florida.

Here’s what you need to know about Florida HVAC certification and Florida HVAC license regulations.

Florida HVAC Certification Programs

You can take a Florida HVAC certification program at a technical college or even a four-year public college that offers certificate and degree programs in air conditioning, refrigeration and heating systems technology. Some Florida HVAC certification programs prepare students to serve as an assistant and are only one or two semesters in length. Others are two-year programs that cover a range of courses in HVAC subjects and prepare students for the Florida HVAC certification exam.

Examples of Florida HVAC certification programs include:

  • Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Systems Assistant Certificate
  • Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Systems Technician Certificate
  • Associate in Applied Science in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Systems Technology
  • Associate in Science in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Systems Technologies

Technicians who are planning to work with ozone-depleting refrigerants also need to pass a separate certification program from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). You can take this exam through one of two certification organizations: HVAC Excellence and the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) organization.

Florida HVAC License Types

The State of Florida recognizes the following types of Florida HVAC license options, and you can only qualify for each type when you meet certain criteria. Here’s a breakdown of Florida HVAC license types, and their limitations:

  • State Certified Class A Florida HVAC license – allows you to work anywhere in the state of Florida. You must have workers comp, pass the exam and meet educational and on-the-job requirements in order to qualify for this license. The exam fee is $355, while the certification and renewal fees are $125.
  • State Registered Class A Florida HVAC license – allows you to work in local areas where local requirements are met, and you can work on any size unit. You can contact the local government for details, but you do have to fill out a formal application. There is a $100 registration fee and a $100 renewal fee.
  • State Certified Class B HVAC license – you can work anywhere in the state but must have workers comp, pass an exam and meet other educational and job requirements. You are limited to working with cooling systems that are 20 tons or lighter, and heating systems that are 500,000 BTU and lower. You must also be 18 and have a four-year accredited degree and one year of experience (or 2,000 hours of service), or four years of active experience before you pass a state exam. There is a $354 examination fee.
  • State Registered Class B HVAC License – you can only work in local areas where you meet local requirements, and are limited to working with cooling systems that are 20 tons or lighter, and heating systems that are 500,000 BTU and lower. You’ll need to contact your local government for details and submit a formal application for your license. There is a $100 registration fee and a $100 renewal fee.

Florida HVAC Schools

School Name
Recent Graduates
Florida Career College-Miami1321 SW 107 Ave Ste 201B Miami, FL 33174954-400-2000
South Florida Institute of Technology720 NW 27th Avenue, 2nd Floor Miami, FL 33125305-649-2050
College of Business and Technology-Hialeah935 West 49 Street # 203 Hialeah, FL 33012305-273-4499-300
College of Business and Technology-Flagler8230 W Flagler St. Miami, FL 33144305-273-4499-200
Everest University-Tampa3319 W Hillsborough Ave Tampa, FL 33614813-879-6000
Pinellas Technical College-St. Petersburg901 34th St S Saint Petersburg, FL 33711-2209727-893-2500-2520
Atlantic Technical College4700 Coconut Creek Parkway Coconut Creek, FL 33063-3902754-321-5100
Everest University-Orange Park805 Wells Rd Orange Park, FL 32073904-264-9122
Florida Technical College12900 Challenger Parkway Orlando, FL 32826407-447-7300
Everest Institute-North Miami111 NW 183rd St, Ste 200 Miami, FL 33169-4538305-949-9500
Sheridan Technical College5400 Sheridan St Hollywood, FL 33021754-321-5400
Florida State College at Jacksonville501 W State St Jacksonville, FL 32202904-359-5433
Indian River State College3209 Virginia Ave Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5596772-462-4772
Manatee Technical Institute6305 State Rd 70 East Bradenton, FL 34203941-751-7900-1001
D G Erwin Technical Center2010 E. Hillsborough Avenue Tampa, FL 33610813-769-5180
Palm Beach State College4200 Congress Ave Lake Worth, FL 33461-4796561-967-7222
Traviss Career Center3225 Winter Lake Rd Lakeland, FL 33803863-499-2700
Eastern Florida State College1519 Clearlake Rd Cocoa, FL 32922321-632-1111
Lively Technical Center500 N Appleyard Dr Tallahassee, FL 32304-2895850-487-7555
Fort Myers Institute of Technology3800 Michigan Ave Fort Myers, FL 33916-2204239-334-4544-208
Technical Education Center-Osceola501 Simpson Rd Kissimmee, FL 34744407-344-5080
Southern Technical College1485 Florida Mall Avenue Orlando, FL 32809407-671-9922-220
Daytona State College1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL 32114386-506-3000
Radford M Locklin Technical Center5330 Berryhill Rd Milton, FL 32570-8188850-983-5700
Futura Career Institute4512 West 12th Avenue Hialeah, FL 33012-3325305-825-7660
Seminole State College of Florida100 Weldon Blvd Sanford, FL 32773-6199407-708-4722
First Coast Technical College2980 Collins Ave Saint Augustine, FL 32084-1919904-824-4401
Lincoln College of Technology-West Palm Beach2410 Metrocentre Blvd West Palm Beach, FL 33407561-842-8324-46200
Santa Fe College3000 Northwest 83rd Street Gainesville, FL 32606-6210352-395-5000
Mid Florida Tech2900 West Oak Ridge Road Orlando, FL 32809407-251-6047-0
Centura Institute6359 Edgewater Drive Orlando, FL 32810407-275-9696
Robert Morgan Educational Center18180 SW 122nd Ave Miami, FL 33177305-253-9920
Fortis Institute-Pensacola4081 E Olive Rd Ste B Pensacola, FL 32514850-476-7607
Indian River State College3209 Virginia Ave Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5596772-462-4772
Fortis College-Largo6565 Ulmerton Road Largo, FL 33771727-531-5900-3411
Fortis Institute-Port Saint Lucie9022 South US Highway 1 Port Saint Lucie, FL 34952772-221-9799
Ridge Career Center7700 State Rd 544 Winter Haven, FL 33881-9518863-419-3060
Fortis Institute-Jacksonville5995-2 University Blvd West Jacksonville, FL 32216904-443-6300
College of Central Florida3001 SW College Rd Ocala, FL 34474352-873-5800
Westside Tech955 E Story Rd Winter Garden, FL 34787-3733407-905-2018
Walton Career Development Center761 N 20th St Defuniak Springs, FL 32433850-892-1241
Lincoln College of Technology-West Palm Beach2410 Metrocentre Blvd West Palm Beach, FL 33407561-842-8324-46200
Tom P Haney Technical Center3016 Hwy 77 Panama City, FL 32405850-767-5500
Withlacoochee Technical Institute1201 W Main St Inverness, FL 34450-4696352-726-2430
Pensacola State College1000 College Blvd Pensacola, FL 32504-8998850-484-1000
South Florida State College600 W College Dr Avon Park, FL 33825-9356863-453-6661
Marchman Technical Education Center7825 Campus Dr. New Port Richey, FL 34653727-774-1700
Fortis Institute-Mulberry5925 Imperial Parkway, Suite 200 Mulberry, FL 33860863-646-1400
CHOICE High School and Technical Center1976 Lewis Turner Blvd Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547850-833-3500
Lake Technical College2001 Kurt Street Eustis, FL 32726352-589-2250-1800
Suncoast Technical College4748 Beneva Rd Sarasota, FL 34233-1798941-924-1365
Miami Lakes Educational Center5780 NW 158th St Miami Lakes, FL 33014305-557-1100-2254
Fortis Institute-Fort Lauderdale4850 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Suite 224 Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33313954-587-7100-6524
Florida Gateway CollegeHighway 90 East Lake City, FL 32025-2007386-752-1822
Florida State College at Jacksonville501 W State St Jacksonville, FL 32202904-359-5433
Flagler Technical Institute3535 Old Kings Road North Palm Coast, FL 32137-4714386-446-7612
Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center750 NW 20 Street Miami, FL 33127305-324-6070-7006
M-DCPS The English Center3501 SW 28 St. Miami, FL 33133-2703305-445-7731-0
Hillsborough Community College39 Columbia Drive Tampa, FL 33606-3584813-253-7000
George Stone Technical Center2400 Longleaf Dr Pensacola, FL 32526-8922850-941-6200
Miami Dade College300 NE 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33132-2204305-237-8888