NJ HVACR Licensing Law


NJ HVAC/R License

Regulations implementing N.J.S.A. 45:16A-1 et seq., the "State Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Contracting License Law" (Act) were published on April 15, 2013 at 45 N.J.R. 910(a). The operative date for these regulations was established as October 15, 2011, later extended to March 1, 2014, in order to allow time to develop a licensing examination.

On March 1, 2014, the State Board of Examiner of Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Contractors (Board) began accepting applications for licensure. The regulations prescribe the application procedure.

The law includes a provision, N.J.S.A. 45:16A-26, that authorizes the Board to issue a Master HVAC/R license based on experience without examination for six months. This six-month "grandfathering" period, during which individuals currently practicing as HVAC/R contractors may submit an application for licensure without meeting education or examination requirements, began on March 1, 2014 and ends on September 1, 2014.

An individual who does not submit a grandfathering application by September 1, 2014, or who does not qualify for grandfathering, will be required to apply through the regular licensing process. Such applicants must show that they completed the requisite education and must pass the Board's licensing examination.

Inquiries or complaints can be forwarded to the State Board of Examiners of Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) Contractors, P.O. Box 47031, Newark, N.J. 07101, (973) 504-6250 or via their contact form.


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Test your knowledge to see if you can answer these questions about the new law then scroll down to see how many you correctly answered:


  1. If you don’t get your license through the Grandfathering Process, how long could it take you to get a license through the standard path? Does having a degree from a tech school make a difference?
  2. The Board has talked about a number of different documents you can submit to demonstrate that you have been “Engaged in the Practice of HVACR”- How many can you name?
  3. What are the requirements for advertising your HVACR business?
  4. True or False?  The new law will limit who you can subcontract HVACR work to.
  5. What is the Good News/Bad News of having an employee register as an apprentice?
  6. True or False?  There is a shortcut for the Owner of an HVACR Business when it comes to applying for their License.
  7. Is a Master HVACR Contractor a person or a business?
  8. As a business owner, are there any benefits to having my employees get their licenses?
  9. How much is this going to cost me?


  1. If you don’t have a Bachelor’s degree in HVACR or Mechanical Engineering it will take at least two years and at least four years if you don’t have a degree from an approved tech school.
  2. There are six specific types they talk about: Letter from Master HVACR Contractor, Proof of Technical Expertise (training), Education in the HVACR Field, Employment History in HVACR, W-2s confirming employment in HVACR Field and Any other documents that demonstrate you have been engaged in the practice of HVACR for at least two years.
  3. All Vehicles advertising HVACR must have the name of the Bona Fide Representative and License # along with the name of the NJ town where the company has a business address (no P.O.#).  All advertising must include this information whether print, radio or TV.
  4. True.  You can only subcontract HVACR work to Licensed HVACR Contractors.
  5. Good news is that they will participate in a structured 4-year course of study that doesn’t require your participation as an owner.  Bad News is that once an individual is enrolled in an apprenticeship program, they cannot work by themselves-there must be a license holder or journeyperson with a minimum of 5 years experience on-site at all times.
  6. False.  Grandfathering requirements for owners are the same as everyone else.
  7. A person.  This is how our regulations refer to license holders.  Each license holder is a Master HVACR Contractor.
  8. There are concrete benefits to having more people licensed. First we-Master HVACR Contractors- have supervisory requirements that are reduced when more people have licenses.  Next as discussed above, apprentices can work with license holders without restriction.
  9. $335 every two years.  Our license will run from 7/1/2014 to 6/30/2016.  Now you will pay a $100 non-refundable application fee.  Once you are approved, you will pay $50 for a surety bond, $25 for the pressure stamp and $160 for a two-year license.  In the next cycle you will pay $50 for the surety bond, $160 for the next two-year license and $125 for a 5 hour continuing education course.