Wyoming is one of the most arid states in the US and is known for its temperature extremes. Summers have an average temperature of 75°F but frequently exceed 90 °F during peak months and the winters often have temperatures as low as 0°F. Having such a vast range in temperature throughout the state keeps professionals with a Wyoming HVAC license busy the entire year for all seasons.
Wyoming does not have HVAC or refrigeration licensing requirements at the state level but several cities and counties have their own requirements such as Cheyenne, Casper, and Sheridan. Usually, it is required to obtain several year of applicable work experience as well as pass an exam in order to obtain licensure.
Wyoming HVAC License Requirements
Wyoming offers several options for licensing and certification for HVAC professionals. HVAC technicians do not need to obtain licensure but must instead complete the Wyoming Trades Certification Program provided by the Wyoming Association of Municipalities. In this program HVAC professionals must pass the International Code Council (ICC) exam respective to their field of interest and work experience. Exams are available for the positions of Journeyman Gas Pipe Fitter, Master Gas Pipe Fitter, Refrigeration Journeyman, Refrigeration Master, Journeyman HVAV and Master HVAC.
Most cites in Wyoming have specific requirements for both HVAC technicians and HVAC contractors. Usually it is required for HVAC Journeymen to obtain 4 years of work at the apprentice level and for HVAC Master Technicians to obtain both 4 years of work at the apprentice level and 4 years of work at the journeyman level. Generally HVAC contractors must possess a HVAC Certificate of Qualification, unemployment insurance, a surety bond, liability insurance, worker’s compensation and at least four years of applicable work experience. It is additionally required in most cities to pass the Master HVAC exam.
Wyoming HVAC Education
Wyoming has several HVAC education options for HVAC professionals ranging from apprenticeship to certificate and degree programs. Sheridan College, Laramie County Community College, Redstone College, and Casper College are popular choices for HVAC schools and the Wyoming Contractors Association Training Center provides a shorter 6 week program for those looking to get into the HVAC workplace quickly.
Following the successful completion of both exams, HVAC contractors in South Carolina must submit additional documentation to the Contractor’s Licensing Board including a financial statement and copy of certificate for the contractor’s registered corporation or partnership.
In addition, they must pay a $160 license fee and sign a $10,000 surety bond with the power of attorney attached. HVAC contractors that will perform work on jobs having a value of $5,000 or more are required to have the bond issued in their name.
HVAC contractors must renew their license every 2 years in order to continue working legally within the state.
Individuals that currently have one of the following licenses are not required to take the HVAC trade exam: South Carolina Home Builder License, South Carolina General Contractor License, South Carolina Mechanical License. Individuals may also omit taking the trade exam if they have a current Master or Journeyman City/County license obtained through examination.
Currently, there is not a continuing education requirement for maintaining a HVAC license in South Carolina.
Wyoming HVAC Exam Overview
The International Code Council (ICC) exam is offered for HVAC professionals to take in order to perform work within areas of Wyoming that require licensure. There are several exam options for HVAC professionals but the Wyoming Limited HVAC Technician exam is one of the most common exams taken for the HVAC field. This exam is 2 hours long, contains 40 multiple choice questions and costs $110.
Wyoming EPA Section 608 Certification
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires all HVAC technicians that work with refrigerants to be certified. In order to obtain EPA certification, HVAC technicians in Wyoming must take an exam which has 80 multiple choice questions that must be completed within 3 hours. A score of 70% is required to pass the exam and the exam fee is $120.
The three different EPA certification types that HVAC technicians can acquire are Type I, II and III. Type I limits HVAC technicians to working on appliances which contain no more than five pounds of refrigerant. Type II permits HVAC technicians to perform work on high pressure appliances. Type III limits HVAC technicians to working on low-pressure appliances. This certification is transferable among all states and does not expire.
Wyoming HVAC Salary
Professionals with a Wyoming HVAC license earn an average salary of around $45,000 per year with the top 10% earning close to $70,000 annually. Cities in Wyoming that pay HVAC professionals at the highest rate include Sheridan, Casper, and Buffalo.