As of July 1, 2016, all heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration installation, repair, service and maintenance work in New Jersey, with limited exceptions, must be performed by a New Jersey–licensed HVACR contractor, or individual working under the license of the bona fide representative of an HVACR contracting entity.
Exceptions include a homeowner working on the single-family dwelling they own and occupy, however any work involving chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) or hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) can be performed only by a licensed New Jersey HVACR contractor.
To become licensed as an HVACR contractor:
- An individual must be at least 21 years old.
- Served a four-year U.S. Department of Labor–approved apprenticeship, which is comprised of a minimum of 576 hours in class (minimum 144 hours a year for four years) and 8,000 hours on the job (2,000 a year) and then one year as a journeyman and then sit for and pass the licensing exam;
- Graduated from an accredited college or university with a degree in HVACR technology and obtained one year experience in the practical work of installing, servicing or maintaining HVACR systems and then sit for and pass the licensing exam;
- Graduated from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in a field related to HVACR from a college or university accredited and obtained three years’ experience in the practical work of installing, servicing and maintaining HVACR system, and then sit for and pass the licensing exam
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