Kansas has an array of temperatures and climatic conditions throughout its seasons. Its summers have average temperatures in the mid-80s and its winters have temperatures typically within the 30s, however the state has been known to have temperature extremes of below 20 during the earlier months of the year and up to the 90s within the peak of summer. Professionals with Kansas HVAC license tend to be flooded with work during December through February as well as June through August when the weather fluctuates most and brings about the greatest variability.
Kansas does not require HVAC technicians to obtain licensure but HVAC contractors are required to obtain one of several options for licensing issued through the Kansas Registrar of Contractors.
Kansas HVAC License Requirements
Kansas offers HVAC licensing for both the journeyman and master level within most cities.
Kansas HVAC Journeyman
HVAC professionals looking to work at the journeyman mechanic level must obtain 2 years of applicable work experience that was supervised by a journeyman or master level HVAC technician and they are required to pass an exam. Those who have HVAC education may use it towards 1 of the 2 required years for work experience.
Kansas HVAC Master Level Technician
HVAC professionals that wish to work at the master mechanic level must obtain 2 more years of work experience at the journeyman level or they must have 4 years of field experience. In addition, they must pass a required exam. All HVAC professionals in Kansas must obtain at least 12 hours of continuing education every 2 years in order to renew their license.
Additionally, most cities require that active HVAC contractors have liability coverage of $500,000.
Kansas HVAC Education
Kansas offers multiple programs for HVAC education and hands-on-training. Those seeking to enroll in an apprenticeship program are encouraged to obtain training through the Kansas Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 441 found in Wichita. HVAC technicians that are accepted into the program are enrolled for 5 years and are required to complete 280 hours of education each year in conjunction with on-the-job training. HVAC professionals looking to obtain further education may find certificate and degree level programs at Johnson County Community College, Kansas City Community College, Manhattan Area Technical College, Salina Area Technical College, Seward County Community College, Vatterott College, Washburn Institute of Technology, Wichita State University Tech and Wichita Technical Institute. Johnson County Community College stands out among these programs due to its accreditation by PAHRA (Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Accreditation).
Kansas HVAC Exam Overview
Two of the most common HVAC related exams taken in Kansas by aspiring HVAC professionals include the Standard Journeyman Mechanical exam and the Standard Master Mechanical exam. The Standard Journeyman Mechanical exam is a 3 hour long exam consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions and costs $110. The Standard Master Mechanical exam is a 4 hour long exam consisting of 100 multiple-choice questions and costs $110.
Kansas 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 Kansas 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.
Kansas HVAC Salary
HVAC technicians in Kansas earn an average annual salary of $53,500 per year. Cities which pay the highest annual salaries include Kansas City, Lawrence, Manhattan, and Topeka with a range of $42,000 to over $90,000 per year. Kansas does not require licensing for HVAC professionals at the state level but its cities and counties may enforce their own requirements and those who work at the journeyman or master level as a HVAC mechanic must meet official requirements.