complete guide to HVAC journeyman, apprenticeships, and licensing in Denver Colorado

Colorado does not currently have a state wide HVAC contractor license.There are only two trades which are regulated at the state level:

This means that HVAC laws will differ depending on the county you are in.

However, Denver regulates HVAC contractors through the Department of Community Planning and Development.

HVAC Contractor Classifications in Denver

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In Denver, the HVAC trade falls under the Mechanical License Type

The Denver Community Planning and Development Department offers 4 levels of licensing for HVAC Contractors:

1. Heating and Ventilating Journeyman

Scope of work includes:

  • Installation of Heating and Ventilating Systems
  • Ductwork, Ventilation and Evaporative Cooling
  • Exterior Sheet Metal and Water Heaters not exceeding 100 Mbtu input
  • Burners, venting and controls
  • Exhaust systems and appurtenances 
  • low voltage wiring not exceeding 48 volts
  • Air Conditioning and refrigeration systems
  • Cooling towers and pipe insulation

Requirements

  • 4 years (7,000 Hours) in-field experience in an apprenticeship or on-the-job training program. 
  • Notarized letter providing a detailed description of job duties, projects, equipment operated. You must also include dates and where experience was gained
  • Projects must be within the last 10 years

Examination

To get the journeyman heating and ventilation license you will need to pass the following ICC examination: 

2. Heating and Ventilating Journeyman Class A Supervisor

Scope of work includes residential and commercial projects that involve:

  • Install, alter or repair warm air heating, venting, ventilation, evaporative cooling, and exhaust systems.
  • Ductwork, dust collection systems, and domestic and commercial range
  • Hoods, water heaters not exceeding 100 Mbtu input 
  • Gas piping; burners, controls and venting, trash and laundry chutes
  • Exterior sheet metal, duct insulation, low voltage wiring that does not exceed 48 volts.
  • Refrigeration systems under 50 tons that do not include pre charged lines or separate air cooled condenser/chilled water systems

Requirements

  • 8 Years experience years in commercial heating & ventilating work. Experience must include 4 years as a journeyman mechanic and 4 years as a designer, draftsman or supervisor.
  • Notarized letter providing a detailed description of job duties, projects, equipment operated. You must also include dates and where experience was gained.
  • Projects must be within the last 10 years

Examination

To get the heating and ventilation Supervisor's A license you will need to pass the following ICC examination: 

3. Heating and Ventilating Journeyman Class B Supervisor

  • Install, add to, alter or repair heating and ventilating - warm air heating systems in one- or two-family dwellings, IRC townhomes or U Occupancies only 
  • Ductwork, ventilation, evaporative cooling, duct insulation, and exterior sheet metal 
  • Gas piping; burners, venting and controls, water heaters not exceeding 100 Mbtu input
  • Low voltage wiring that does not exceed 48 volts and is not enclosed in a conduit or raceway 
  • Air Conditioning and refrigeration systems of 5 tons or less

Requirements

  • 6 years experience in residential heating & ventilating work
  • Experience must include at least 4 years as a heating & ventilating journeyman mechanic AND 2 years as either a designer, draftsman or supervisor
  • Notarized letter providing a detailed description of job duties, projects, equipment operated. You must also include dates and where experience was gained.
  • Projects must be within the last 10 years

Examination

To get the heating and ventilation Class B Supervisor's license, you will need to pass the following ICC examination: 

4. Heating, Ventilating, and A/C (Residential Only)

  • Install, add to, alter or repair heating and ventilating systems in one- or two-family dwellings, IRC townhomes or U Occupancies only:  
  • Ductwork, ventilation, and evaporative cooling
  • Exterior sheet metal, gas piping; burners, venting and controls 
  • Water heaters not exceeding 100 Mbtu input and low-voltage wiring that does not exceed 48 volts and is not enclosed in a conduit or raceway 
  • Air Conditioning and refrigeration systems of 5 tons or less.

Requirements

  • 6 years experience in residential heating & ventilating work
  • Experience must include at least 4 years as a heating & ventilating journeyman mechanic AND 2 years as either a designer, draftsman or supervisor
  • Notarized letter providing a detailed description of job duties, projects, equipment operated. You must also include dates and where experience was gained.
  • Projects must be within the last 10 years

Examination

To get the heating and ventilation Class B Supervisor's license, you will need to pass the following ICC examination: 

Colorado HVAC License Application Processing 

the colorado hvac contractor license application can be filled out online

The process of applying for a Contractor License in Denver is as follows:

  1. Complete a Supervisor's Certificate
  2. Complete a Contractor License Application


You can apply Online

or 

In person at:

Contractor Licensing desk on the 2nd floor of the Webb Municipal Building

201 W. Colfax Ave.,Denver, CO 80202

By mail at:

Contractor Licensing,

201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 205, 

Denver, CO 80202.

Application Fees

Fee for General Contractor Class A$250.00
Fee for Building Contractor Class B $250.00 
Fee for Residential Contractor Class C$250.00 
Fee for Specialty Class D$250.00 
Fee for all Mechanical License Types$250.00

PLUMBING LICENSE - Renewed every two years

Fee for Plumbing A License                     $160.00

 

ELECTRICAL LICENSE - Renewed every three years

Fee for Electrical License                                    

   $0.00


CERTIFICATES - Renewed every three years

Supervisor Certificate

$60.00

Journeyman Certificate                                       

$40.00

Engineer Certificate

$40.00

Operator Certificate

$40.00



OTHER FEES

Duplicate License

$25.00

Duplicate Certificate

$25.00

Change of Name (Personal) on License or Certificate

$25.00

Construction Bonds in Colorado

Laws may differ throughout the state, however in Denver payment or performance bonds are required for projects with construction improvements made within the public right-of-way that total more than $20,000.00. You may also use a letter of credit.

​You may submit completed Bonding forms to:

2000 W 3rd Ave
3rd Floor
Denver, CO 80223

Colorado Business License

Colorado allows those applying for the Contractor License to choose if they would like to set themselves up as a business entity. 

If you already have a registered business entity and you would like to apply for a license in Denver, than you must include the following documentation about your business along with your application.

Typically, there are 4 common business structures among construction professionals:

  • Sole Proprietor - License held through an individual
  • Partnership - License held through a partnership
  • LLC - License held through a company that exists as its own entity
  • S-Corporation - License held through a corporate entity

For a complete look at the differences between these business structures, check this guide.

For more information about getting a business license in Colorado and the nature of your business you can contact any of the following agencies:

Worker's Compensation

Colorado requires all business that have employees to carry worker's compensation insurance, regardless of their construction trade.

Worker's Compensation requirements for Colorado contractor license applicants can be found on the website of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

Colorado Contractor License Look-up

For consumers or homeowners looking to search an active Colorado contractor license, you may access information on the Department of Regulatory Agencies search portal

HVAC Apprenticeships in Colorado

Workers making final touches to HVAC system. HVAC system stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology. Team work, HVAC, indoor environmental comfort concept photo. if you are looking to get an hvac license, you may want to begin with an apprenticeship

Whether you are looking to become a journeyman in Colorado or begin a career in the construction industry, you will want to begin by mastering a trade.

One of the best ways to build a solid foundation in your career is by looking into an apprenticeship program.

These types of schools can provide you with valuable training in a trade.

Denver contractor license requirements, like the other classifications require a skillset beyond just trade knowledge. 

If you are new to the world of construction and have heard the term “journeyman” or “apprentice” and are not sure what these terms mean, or perhaps where to even start.

Each state has different requirements and standards for certifications. To Learn more about the step by step path from an Apprentice to Journeyman!

Blueprint Reading Course

blueprint reading is an important skill for anyone looking to get an hvac certification in Colorado

For those looking to do pursue a career in construction or get the ​Colorado General Contractor license, reading construction blueprints is fundamental. 

Blueprints communicate important information about the way in which a structure is built as well as what materials are necessary or have been used for its construction.

Being comfortable with construction blueprints is an invaluable skill for those looking to get the contractor license.

See our Free Blueprint Reading Course!

OSHA Safety Certifications

if you are looking to get a colorado hvac license, you should be familiar with osha safety regulations

Statistically, 21% of all work-related fatalities are in construction.

That equals about 1 and 5 worker deaths on average.

In the construction industry, the leading cause of worker deaths is reported as falls, struck by an object, electrocution, and caught-in/between.

Safety is a huge part of managing a construction site. General Contractors should know everything about safely supervising a project.

If you or your workers are not properly trained, it can place unnecessary risk to not only your personal safety but your bottom line as a business. 

For employment with a licensed general contractor in Colorado, you may be asked to complete some level of Osha Safety Training.

Get Started

Getting the Colorado contractor license can be a huge step up in your career if you are looking to start your own business or become an RMO for a construction company!

The Construction industry is highly lucrative. Whether you are looking to get licensed in other states or offer handyman services in Colorado.

The key is to take action and follow these steps from beginning to end.

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