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If you are considering becoming an HVAC technician, you need to be aware of the rules and regulations that control the profession in the state that you reside and want to work in.
The good news in New York is that no license is required! Not only that but this state pays HVAC technicians $25 on average, making it one of the highest paying states for the profession.
However, just because a license isn’t required for the state of New York does not mean there aren’t other rules and regulations you need to be aware of and abide by.
The exact rules can vary depending on precise location, so always make sure to check with your local authority, as for example, Buffalo requires a specific license for heating contractors. This will, of course, impact HVAC technicians, so the best place to check for such requirements is the official local authority websites.
The Environmental Protection Agency regulates all activities and works that deal with refrigerants of any kind. Therefore all HVAC technicians must acquire EPA Section 608 Certification of which there are four different types depending on the type of work you are going to be doing.
For instance, Type II Certification is appropriate for contractors who service High-Pressure Systems, while the Universal Certification covers workers who will be handling of small appliances, high-pressure systems, and low-pressure systems. For more information on this, check out our HVAC Certification Guide.
There are plenty of opportunities in one of the most populous states, whether that is working in the busy streets of New York City, or a more rural location. There is certainly a demand for knowledgeable HVAC technicians, which shows no sign of slowing down. As long as you know your stuff and are competent at what you do, you shouldn’t have any issues securing an HVAC role in NY.