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    How to become an hvac tech in Massachusetts?

    Hey new here first post im from MA. My father has his own hvac business and i have probably about 2 years of on the job experience. I have been trying to figure out what i want to be when i grow up since i graduated high school and im 21 now. I have a decent amount of residential experience. I recently decided id like to become certified and actually be a legitimate tech instead of working towards nothing. So my question is how do i do it? Do i have to become and apprentice? I searched all over google couldn't find anything straightforward enough. Just looking for some steps.

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    Welcome, if you are going to work resi and small commercial (anything under 10 tons) you do not need any refrigeration license. Anything over 10 tons you need a license. You need 150 hrs of electrical code and 100 hrs of theory. You can take those classes at some tech schools. I am currently attending the Peterson School in Woburn, but there is one in Westwood and a small branch in Worcester too. If you take the commericial and industrial refrigeration class you will also get your recovery license as well if you dont have it already. After that you need to get a licensed mechanic to sign off that you have at least 6000hrs of on the job experience and then sit for the test. Here is a link to the dept of safety website.

    http://www.mass.gov/eopss/consumer-p...n-license.html

    Here is a link to Peterson School website as well.

    http://www.petersonschool.com/

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HVAC-matt View Post
    Welcome, if you are going to work resi and small commercial (anything under 10 tons) you do not need any refrigeration license. Anything over 10 tons you need a license. You need 150 hrs of electrical code and 100 hrs of theory. You can take those classes at some tech schools. I am currently attending the Peterson School in Woburn, but there is one in Westwood and a small branch in Worcester too. If you take the commericial and industrial refrigeration class you will also get your recovery license as well if you dont have it already. After that you need to get a licensed mechanic to sign off that you have at least 6000hrs of on the job experience and then sit for the test. Here is a link to the dept of safety website.

    http://www.mass.gov/eopss/consumer-p...n-license.html

    Here is a link to Peterson School website as well.

    http://www.petersonschool.com/

    Good luck.
    Thanks so much, since ive been doing this for 2 years can my dad count the hours ive already put in as time towards that? How does the hours work

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    Yes you most definetly can even in the apprenticeship through the state they take previous hours and count them towards your time. Peterson is a pretty good school and they know exatly what you need to get your license. The commercial and industrial HVAC class is geared more towards residential so you will probably be ahead of the class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HVAC-matt View Post
    Yes you most definetly can even in the apprenticeship through the state they take previous hours and count them towards your time. Peterson is a pretty good school and they know exatly what you need to get your license. The commercial and industrial HVAC class is geared more towards residential so you will probably be ahead of the class.
    Ok thanks man appreciate all your help. Can you give me a rough number for how much the electric code and the theory classes cost $$

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    The electrical code is about 1700$, commercial ref is about 4200$ and then there is a class called hvac code prep which is only 30 hrs and gives you the final hours to get the 100 for theory and that is like 600$. Sucks they dont do any financial aid but if you look on the website you only have to pay a portion down and then do weekly payments so its not that bad. Where do you live and what company do you work for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HVAC-matt View Post
    The electrical code is about 1700$, commercial ref is about 4200$ and then there is a class called hvac code prep which is only 30 hrs and gives you the final hours to get the 100 for theory and that is like 600$. Sucks they dont do any financial aid but if you look on the website you only have to pay a portion down and then do weekly payments so its not that bad. Where do you live and what company do you work for?
    Near marlboro. Why cant i figure out how to private message you?

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    Wentworth used to offer the electrical code classes. It's been a few years since I went thru the Ma. license process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncboston View Post
    Wentworth used to offer the electrical code classes. It's been a few years since I went thru the Ma. license process.
    Ok thanks ill check it out, ive heard the Peterson school is a little on the high side $$

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    For the apprenticeship, do all my hours have to be on the books? Because i have about 2 years of under the table hours and 1 year of on payroll hours at the moment

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    Peterson was kind of pricey. Wasn't really very impressed with their program, but it got my foot in the door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Datsik View Post
    For the apprenticeship, do all my hours have to be on the books? Because i have about 2 years of under the table hours and 1 year of on payroll hours at the moment
    Anyone?

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    Just my opinion, but probably won't be good hours. You're 'under the table' hours would probably create tax problems for you and your employer.

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