Written on: March 31, 2014 by ICM
Let’s get right to the point. If you design, install, maintain or service any HVAC system in anywere in New Jersey you will need a New Jersey master HVAC contractor license! This is an individual license includes all individuals working on HVAC. Now, the State has allowed for individuals (“Contractors”) currently working on HVAC systems to apply for a “grandfathered” master license.
Here is what the statute says:
The law includes a provision, N.J.S.A. 45:16A-26, that authorizes the Board to issue a Master HVACR license based on experience without examination for six months. This six-month “grandfathering” period, during which individuals currently practicing as HVACR contractors may submit an application for licensure without meeting education or examination requirements, begins 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.
Here is why it is so important to apply before the deadline. Without the grandfathered license, a contractor will not be able to legally work on any system essentially making him/her unemployable for years to come. Missing the grandfathering sets a contractor back to the same status as an 18 year old high school kid just entering the business.
It is imperative that you act now…the deadline is not far away.
The state has more information here.