HVAC Education and Training Requirements in Mississippi
Currently there are 14 technical schools/ community college throughout Mississippi which offers HVAC programs that you can choose on. Aside from technical training programs, you can make yourself be prepared for a career in HVAC through earning an associate’s degree or certification which takes anywhere from six months to two years to complete. The certificate program is then followed by an abbreviated apprenticeship for hands-on training. Alternatively, a technician can complete a full apprenticeship that can provide both classroom instruction, which is sometimes delivered online, and on the job training. This route typically takes three to five years to finish depending on any degree certificates initially obtained.
Though HVAC programs offered by technical/community colleges in Mississippi have a lot of similarities, it is important to note that their differences are really significant. In Hinds Community College for an instance, students are required to take 75 semester hours of classes and training to finish an Associate in Applied Science in Heating and Air Conditioning Technology degree. Students also from Hinds must take CPAS exam to graduate from this program. In Midwest Technical Institute-Ridgeland and Delta Technical College, it takes 36 weeks, 720 clock hours and 180 additional outside clock hours (900 Total Hours / 28 Semester Credits) to finish a technician diploma in HVAC with major on Appliance Repair. If you are able to finish this program from Midwest Tech or Delta Tech, you will be able to obtain EPA Section 608 Core Universal Type I & II Certification and OSHA 10-Hour Safety Training Certification. Both of these institutions have four modules in their HVAC program; namely – Gas and Electric Heat Service and Installation, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Service and Installation, Air Distribution and Indoor Air Quality, and Major Appliance Repair. If you wish to pursue your HVAC education in Pearl River Community College, be informed that their Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC-R) Technology Program offers a two-year program of study designed to lead to a Technical Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science Degree. PRCC’s HVAC-R Applied Science degree has a total class-hour of 60. In Copiah-Lincoln Community College, they offer Heating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) CONTREN Level 1 program that has 175 hours of training but is not for college credit. Successful completion of this program can give you a CONTREN Level 1 certification. East Central Community College offers HVAC Enhancement class in which classes are held on eight consecutive Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. If you are interested in getting an HVAC education here, the cost for the class is $150 and there is an additional $35 fee for the optional EPA testing offered at the end of class. Another community college that offers HVAC/R program in Mississippi is Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Under MGCC’s Career and Technical Education Programs, the following HVAC-related courses are offered: Heating, A/C and Refrigeration Certificate (30 total credits ), Heating, A/C/And Refrigeration Diploma (15 total credits), and A.A.S.O.E. Degree (15-16 total credits).
Aside from those aforementioned colleges the following colleges that are situated in Mississippi also offers HVAC program: Holmes Community College, Jones County Junior College, Mississippi Delta Community College, Itawamba Community College, Northeast Mississippi Community College, Northwest Mississippi Community College and Southwest Mississippi Community College.
Earning HVAC License in Mississippi
If you wish to become an HVAC contractor in Mississippi, you must take its Board’s business and law exam and the trade exam. Applicants for these examinations are mandated to submit a CPA reviewed financial statement which must document a net worth of at least $20,000. Application for licensure can be taken from the Mississippi State Board of Contractors. To apply, you need to pay $200.00 for licensing and application fee. As of the moment, the state of Mississippi has a reciprocity agreement with these states- South Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Alabama. The examination is consist of 80 questions that must be answered within four hours. In order to pass these exams, you need to get a grade of 70%. Included topics on the exam are the following: piping; insulation; hangers and supports; sound, vibration and seismic control; heating and cooling principles; refrigerants and refrigeration; load calculations; testing, adjusting and balancing; controls; A/C and heat pump equipment; furnaces and heaters; chimneys, flues and vents; combustion air; fuel gas systems; LP gas systems; ducts; boilers and hydronics; machine room; evaporative cooling; and safety.
To make yourself prepared for the examination you can utilize reference books recommended by the Boards such as 2006 International Mechanical Code, 2006 International Fuel Gas Code, OSHA Code of Federal Regulations Part 1926, Modern Refrigeration and Air Conditioning and ACCA Ductulator. Also, there is available review training online that costs around $150 which takes you through each one of the reference books that the exam is based on showing you exactly what to highlight. Aside from that, there is an extensive math analysis portion.