When you decide to get into a trade, it is a lengthy process, but at the end of the day, it can be very rewarding. HVAC marketing has seen positive growth, and commercial HVAC is predicted to grow even more in the coming years.

The economy is recovering after the effects of the pandemic, and most industries may achieve full capacity soon, including construction. This is why commercial technicians are now being employed with better salaries and benefits such as healthcare and good working hours. This is to say that many job opportunities are coming up, and if you learn a trade, you could secure a career for yourself.

Importance of HVAC certifications

By now, you may wonder, What HVAC certifications do I need? First, you need to know whether having a license is important in North Carolina. North Carolina state rules must be complied with, and it is important to have a license. To be a technician, you need a license. Without one, you cannot be considered eligible to perform HVAC work. If you want to handle some specific projects, special certification is needed. This is especially when refrigeration units are concerned. If you want to set up a HVAC business in the state, you need a license bearing special certification.


Under HVAC, there are two main categories. These are:

  • Refrigerator contractor licenses
  • Heating and cooling licenses
  • Refrigeration licenses are important as they allow contractors to handle commercial refrigeration and HAVC units. In the second category, there are 3 primary groups, namely h1,h2, and h3. Here you can pick the contractor license or the technician license.

    To run an HVAC business, you need a contractor license, which is very important. Every license comes with its benefits.

    H1 license: this is an important license that allows water-based system operations in buildings

    H2 license: this is needed for you to deal with forced air cooling and heating systems of more than 15 tons

    H3 license: with this, you are allowed to handle forced air cooling and heating unit with a weight of below 15 tons.

    Getting more certifications means better salary prospects. Advancing and getting more certificates, therefore, works to your advantage.

    HVAC in North Carolina

    There are two license categories in North Carolina; you can understand both to know exactly what you need.

    Class one: this license allows the holder to work in any building or home

    Class two: with this license, you can only work in single-family homes

    The designations are:

    Heating Group 1: This is for water-based heating systems

  • H1-I: contractor
  • H1-II: contractor
  • H1-T: technician. The technician must be an H1 contractor sublicensee.
  • SLGT-h1 stands for heating group 1 state and local government: This is a technician license, and it is awarded to a local government of state employee
  • PEIT-H1: stands for getting group one private education institution. It is a technician license, and the holder should be a private educational institution employee.
  • Heating Group 2: the licensing targets forced air cooling and heating units weighing over 15 tons.

  • H2: contractor
  • H2T: This is a technician license, and the holder has to be a h2 contractor sublicensee.
  • SLGT-H2: technician: awarded to local government and state employees
  • PEIT h2: technician license awarded to private education institution employees
  • Heating group 3: forced air cooling and heating units weigh below 15 tons

  • H3-I: contractor license
  • H3-II: contractor
  • H3-T: technician license. The holder should be an H3 contractor sublicensee.
  • SLGT-H3: technician license for local government and state employees
  • PIET-H3: technician certificate for private education institution employees.
  • These are some of the certifications to consider in North Carolina.

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