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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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    Your company needs to be registered with the state, I know that there is some paperwork involved and then a fee of 100$ for the year I believe. The link below is a link for the apprenticeship for you to fill out to register with the state.
    http://www.mass.gov/eopss/consumer-p...pprentice.html

    This also has a link of approved schools that the state will accept hours from.

    http://www.mass.gov/eopss/consumer-p...n-license.html
    The link above tells you the hours and class hours you need to get your license. I know it is better to be able to get into an apprenticeship program but not sure if your employer would go through the process, it takes some work on there part. If i were you I would get into school and then in another year if you finish your required schooling hours have your employer sign off on your 6000 hrs and then sit for your license.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HVAC-matt View Post
    Your company needs to be registered with the state, I know that there is some paperwork involved and then a fee of 100$ for the year I believe. The link below is a link for the apprenticeship for you to fill out to register with the state.
    http://www.mass.gov/eopss/consumer-p...pprentice.html

    This also has a link of approved schools that the state will accept hours from.

    http://www.mass.gov/eopss/consumer-p...n-license.html
    The link above tells you the hours and class hours you need to get your license. I know it is better to be able to get into an apprenticeship program but not sure if your employer would go through the process, it takes some work on there part. If i were you I would get into school and then in another year if you finish your required schooling hours have your employer sign off on your 6000 hrs and then sit for your license.
    im just trying to apply to become an apprenice, not for the apprentice license. So for the application it says all i need is:
     -Completed Application with proper mailing AND home address, social security number.
     -Attached 1" x 1.25" photo (Unless Authorization for Release of RMV Photo Information Signed-Off)
     -Copy of your Division of Apprentice Training Card
    Division of Apprentice training, 19 Staniford St. 1st floor, Boston, MA 02114 / Tel: 617-626-5409
    - Must provide proof that you are at least eighteen 18 years of age.
     -Non-refundable application processing fee ($40)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Datsik View Post
    im just trying to apply to become an apprenice, not for the apprentice license. So for the application it says all i need is:
    -Completed Application with proper mailing AND home address, social security number.
    -Attached 1" x 1.25" photo (Unless Authorization for Release of RMV Photo Information Signed-Off)
    -Copy of your Division of Apprentice Training Card
    Division of Apprentice training, 19 Staniford St. 1st floor, Boston, MA 02114 / Tel: 617-626-5409
    - Must provide proof that you are at least eighteen 18 years of age.
    -Non-refundable application processing fee ($40)

    So, i guess all i really need still is the apprentice training card "Copy of your Division of Apprentice Training Card
    Division of Apprentice training, 19 Staniford St. 1st floor, Boston, MA 02114 / Tel: 617-626-5409" and then i will be all set to apply for it and start my apprenticeship, then while im working towards my 6,000 hours i can take the theory class 100 hours and the electrical code 150 hours and once i get those 2 classes done and reach my 6,000 hours i can apply for the actual license..i think i got it all down right?

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    Hey shoot me an email Email addresses are not permitted in post, please put it in your profile, thank you.
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    matt- email are not alowed in posts- must be in profile as i indicated in my post.
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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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    If you go to settings on the top of the page and then go to general settings on the left hand side. Then half way down you will see a setting for private messages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HVAC-matt View Post
    If you go to settings on the top of the page and then go to general settings on the left hand side. Then half way down you will see a setting for private messages.
    not sure what the current rules are but I believe you need to get your post up to activate the PM feature.

    However, one or both of you can post your Email address in your profile so the other can engage you in Email conversation.
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    BTW, does anybody know what the deal is for a experienced person coming in from out of state as either a tech or a contractor?


    Thanks. Might be relevant to me in the future. Keep in mind the Colorado has no state level licensing.
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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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