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"An air and water balancing contractor installs any device and performs any work related to providing a specified flow of air in all types of existing heating and cooling systems and/or related to providing a specified flow of water in water piping systems" - CSLB.GOV
The D-62 is the classification required in the state of California for all persons looking to contract for air and water balancing services where the cost of labor and materials exceeds $500
Air and water balancing are two areas of expertise often offered together but are sometimes referred to separately.
Water balancing is commonly known as hydronic balancing and air balancing known as HVAC balancing.
Hydronic balancing is a method of optimizing a buildings heating and cooling system to operate at an intended indoor climate.
Some of the duties associated with water and air balancing include:
The ultimate goal of water and air balancing is to maximize optimum energy efficiency and operating cost.
Contractors that specialize in HVAC balancing can work in a variety of setting including:
Their goal is often to achieve energy efficiency but also to help clients comply with air and water balancing standards.
So that medical facilities meet their Hospital Accreditation standards, contractors that hold the D-62 license must assess an existing HVAC system and ensure that it meets temperature requirements.
However they may function as a subcontractor under a General B as part of a larger project that calls for their specialized services.
General Contractors oversee that the subcontractor has executed their duties in adherence to code and to the specific requests of a client.
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The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is the governing body for all contractors in the state of California. Their sole responsibility is to protect the consumer public.
They ensure that anyone charging over $500 for construction services is qualified and registered with the state.
To get the air balancing contractor license in California, you must meet the following requirements:
You must also have:
Journeyman level experience means that you have worked unsupervised full time for an HVAC balancing company, or for a contractor that holds the D-62 License.
The CSLB will want to see four full-time years over the last ten years.
The years do not need to be consecutive, but they do need to be four years in total.
The following people may be used as Qualifying Individuals to sign off on your experience when applying for the air balancing contractor license:
Your Qualifying Individual will also need to provide a brief but detailed description of your knowledge and skillset.
The way this description is written will be critical to whether or not your application is accepted. For example:
“Ed is a nice guy and very experienced” is not descriptive enough for the CSLB.
The people reviewing your application will want to see something more like:
"Ed has experience conducting air velocity testing, hydronic balancing, air balancing, and fan performance analysis.
He has tested, balanced and calculated air circulation with adherence to OSHA standards" etc.
The description written by your qualifying individual will need to include the core skills required for the air balancing contractor license.
You must be prepared to submit documentation supporting the experience you claim to have.
The Contractors State License Board gives you a few ways that you can prove your experience.
The CSLB receives thousands of applications per month so there is a good chance they won’t document your experience.
However, if you are one of the applicants that get reviewed you will need to be ready to submit something.
The CSLB does not accept pictures of projects.
The time it takes to get your application processed and assigned a test date fluctuates throughout the year.
Typically you can expect:
I have seen some situations where applicants got their test date sooner and some where they got their test date much later.
The most common reasons your application would get held up are:
The current state fees are:
1. $330 State Application Fee ( one time fee per application sent to the state board )
2. $200 License Activation Fee ( paid every two years )
You will also need to pay for live scan fingerprinting.
Upon passing the exam, the state board requires you to have a Contractor Bond number. A construction bond is a security deposit issued by a surety company. Bonds are designed to protect the consumer public against contractor default.
They act as protection mechanisms for clients from unethical or illegal actions performed by contractors. Bonds also ensure that subcontractors get paid for their work.
Furthermore, they ensure or that a contractor performs his duties as stated in a contract. Construction bonds protect employees, suppliers, sub-contractors or clients against a contractor's failure to abide by an agreement.
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Having a criminal record in no way stops you from getting the garage door license. I have personally helped guys with all types of criminal records obtain multiple licenses.
The key is to be honest on the application, even if the felony or misdemeanor happened years ago and even if it was expunged.
BE 100% HONEST ON THE APPLICATION, because they will see everything anyway when you do fingerprinting. The CSLB handles criminal records on a case by case basis.
Remember, their responsibility is to protect the public.
In my experience, they primarily concerned with criminal charges associated with: Fraud, Embezzlement or Forgery.
Contractor licenses are broken down into four categories:
1) A-General Engineering
2) B-General Building
3) C-Specialty classes
4) C-61 / D-Limited Specialty classes
Each category of license except the D-Limited Specialty license class requires that you pass a TRADE exam. C-61 Classification licenses do not have trade portions.
You must only pass a LAW exam.
The exam is:
The Law Examination is divided into eight major sections:
1. Business Organization (10%)
2. Business Finances (15%)
3. Employment Requirements (12%)
4. Bonds, Insurance, and Liens (10%)
5. Contract Requirements and Execution (23%)
6. Licensing Requirements (8%)
7. Safety (15%)
8. Public Works (7%)
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Currently there are CSLB testing locations in the following cities:
Some things to remember:
I have helped all types of construction professionals from various backgrounds and experience levels get licenses, and most are startled by how different the subject matter on the state exam is from their years of first-hand experience.
Be as prepared as you possibly can. Studying just 10 mintues a day consistently can dramatically increase your chances of passing the test on your first try.
Focus on and study ONLY the information that you need to pass Contractor License LAW exam.
If you don’t have the 4 years required journeyman level experience to obtain the C-61/D-62 license for air and water balancing, not to worry.
Your journey begins here.
Energy efficiency is a billion dollar industry with unlimited income opportunity.
An apprenticeship program may be a great career path for you! Learn more about getting into the industry here: Apprentice vs Journeyman!
When working in or around structures built before 1978, air balancing contractors may need to contain lead paint if it is present.
Knowing the correct procedures required by the Environmental Protection Agency is critical for tradesman working in a commercial setting.
Lead paint can travel miles through air, rest on soil, and enter air ducts causing potentially fatal respiratory damage.
All tradesman must be a source of information for their clients and community if they want referrals and repeat business.
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Being able to read and understand blueprints is a core skill for anyone working in or around a construction site.
Identifying the structural details and dimensions of a building before making alterations is critical. Construction blueprints communicate an array of information to builders.
Being comfortable with construction blueprints is an invaluable skill for all tradesman, but especially for an air balancing contractor who may be apart of a larger construction project. Learn how to read Blueprints!
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