Michigan bill to reform HVAC licensing eligibility signed into law

Written on: August 6, 2021 by ICM

Article courtesy: Holland (MI) Sentinel
Sentinel Staff

HOLLAND — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Senate Bill into law Tuesday. The bill now becomes Public Act 68 of 2021.

The bill was introduced earlier this year by Sen. Roger Victory, R-Hudsonville. It revises licensing requirements for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) contractors.

“This reform improves the licensing standards for new HVAC contractors and allows existing contractors to become licensed in additional fields and expand the work they can do for Michigan homeowners and businesses,” Victory said in a statement.

“The problem was the sole option for mechanical contractors to add other classifications was extremely limiting. With this reform, existing mechanical contractors will have more ways to expand their license.”

Michigan Sen. Roger Victory, R-Hudsonville

The bill adds more eligibility options and requirements for applicants seeking a new mechanical contractor’s license. Previously, the only option was a minimum of three years of experience.

Under the act, applicants now can help meet the 6,000 hours of experience requirement by successfully completing a two-year or equivalent HVAC program provided by a trade school, community college or university, or approved by the U.S. Department of Labor.