Wisconsin HVAC Technician License Requirements

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September 22nd, 2021
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We found the following HVAC Technician requirements for Wisconsin.

Please click on each license link for additional details.

Contractor

One licensed, persons licensed to:

  • install heating, ventilating or air conditioning equipment; 
  • service heating, ventilating or air conditioning equipment or systems for facilities or properties not owned by the person or entity; or 
  • install or servicing refrigeration equipment that would release or may release ozone-depleting refrigerant or sell for reuse used ozone-depleting refrigerant from refrigeration equipment. 

A person, entity or business is not required to hold a credential as a registered HVAC contractor for electrical or plumbing work associated with the installation or servicing of HVAC equipment or systems.

Requirements:

Exam: State exam required

Education: No education required

Continuing Education: No continuing education requirement

Criminal Record: No criminal record requirements

State Licensing Agency:

WI Department of Safety and Professional Services
1400 E. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53708
(608) 266-2112

HVAC Qualifier

An individual may obtain in accordance with this section an HVAC qualifier certification from the department relative to the business of installing or servicing heating, ventilating or air conditioning equipment. A person or entity who utilizes a person who holds an HVAC qualifier certification under this section shall be deemed to be certified and pursuant to s. 101.178 (3) (c), Stats., may not be required to obtain a local certification, license or other approval in order to engage in the business of installing or servicing heating, ventilating or air conditioning equipment. The scope of the required examination will include questions covering heat loss, code ventilation requirements, fuel-fired equipment, combustion air, appliance venting, sheet metal, boilers and piping, air conditioning and refrigeration, electric heat, wood heat, gas piping, equipment efficiencies and insulation.

Requirements:

Exam: State exam required

Education: No education required

Continuing Education: No continuing education requirement

Criminal Record: No criminal record requirements

State Licensing Agency:

WI Department of Safety and Professional Services
1400 E. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53708
(608) 266-2112

Refrigerant Handling Technician

Please be aware that ozone-depleting refrigerants are still regulated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for the transport or salvage of refrigeration or air-conditioning equipment and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection for those who service vehicle air conditioners and refrigerated transport vehicles.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also has applicable regulations in this area pertaining to refrigerant sales, distribution and reclamation.

Requirements:

Exam: Undetermined

Education: Undetermined

Continuing Education: Undetermined

Criminal Record: No criminal record requirements

State Licensing Agency:

WI Dept of Natural Resources,Division of Air & Waste
101 S. Webster St. AM/7
Madison,WI 53707
(608) 266-2879

Refrigerant Recovery Operator

The regulations require that persons who recover regulated refrigerants from salvaged items must themselves hold the appropriate certification for the type of equipment being recovered, or be directly supervised by someone who is properly certified.  

Persons who salvage or dismantle entire units of refrigeration equipment must register annually with the DNR (Form 4500-129), certifying that they are using approved equipment to recover any remaining refrigerants and that persons using this equipment are properly qualified.  
 
Refrigeration equipment salvagers may make arrangements for someone else to perform the refrigerant recovery, but still must register with DNR (unless that facility is already registered). The ""subcontractor"" must use approved recovery equipment operated by properly qualified operators, and records of recovery activities must be kept. A description of this arrangement must be included in the salvager's registration.

Requirements:

Exam: Undetermined

Education: No education required

Continuing Education: Undetermined

Criminal Record: No criminal record requirements

State Licensing Agency:

WI Dept of Natural Resources,Division of Air & Waste
101 S. Webster St. AM/7
Madison,WI 53707
(608) 266-2879

Thermal Insulation Apprentice

No person my install or alter thermal system insulation for heating, ventilating, cooling, plumbing or refrigeration systems on or in a building, except as provided in s. 101.136 (6) (a) 2., Stats., unless the person holds a license or registration issued by the department as a thermal insulation mechanic, thermal insulation apprentice or a thermal insulation helper. 

Requirements of Credential: The activities of an individual, who holds a registration as a registered thermal insulation apprentice to install or alter thermal system insulation, shall be performed under the general supervision of a person who is a licensed thermal insulation mechanic. 

Qualifications for Credential: A person who installs or alters thermal system insulation as a thermal insulation apprentice may do so as long as he or she is under an apprentice contract recognized under ch. 106, Stats.

Requirements:

Exam: Undetermined

Education: No education required

Continuing Education: Undetermined

Criminal Record: Undetermined

State Licensing Agency:

Department of Workforce Development

Thermal Insulation Helper

No person my install or alter thermal system insulation for heating, ventilating, cooling, plumbing or refrigeration systems on or in a building, except as provided in s. 101.136 (6) (a) 2., Stats., unless the person holds a license or registration issued by the department as a thermal insulation mechanic, thermal insulation apprentice or a thermal insulation helper. 

Requirements of Credential: The activities of an individual, who holds a registration as a registered thermal insulation helper to install or alter thermal system insulation, shall be performed under the direct supervision of a person who is a licensed thermal insulation mechanic.

Requirements:

Exam: Undetermined

Education: No education required

Continuing Education: Undetermined

Criminal Record: Undetermined

State Licensing Agency:

Department of Workforce Development

Thermal Insulation Mechanic

To install or alter thermal system insulation for heating, ventilating, cooling, plumbing or refrigeration systems on or in a building, except as provided in s. 101.136 (6) (a) 2., Stats., a person must holds a license or registration issued by the department as a thermal insulation mechanic, thermal insulation apprentice or a thermal insulation helper. 
 
Requirements of Credential: Thermal insulation mechanics are responsible for the installation or alteration of thermal system insulation. Thermal insulation mechanics over seeing projects shall utilize the appropriately licensed or registered individuals to install or maintain the thermal system insulation. 
 
Education Hours Required to Renew: The renewal of a license as a thermal insulation mechanic shall be contingent upon obtaining at least 12 hours of acceptable continuing education three months prior to the expiration date of their credential which is two years after the start date of your credential. A person who hol.

Requirements:

Exam: Undetermined

Education: No education required

Continuing Education: Undetermined

Criminal Record: Undetermined

State Licensing Agency:

Workforce Development, Employment and Training

 

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