REFRIGERATION (sub-classification C-21a)
AIR-CONDITIONING (sub-classification C-21b)
SHEET METAL (sub-classification C-21c)
MAINTENANCE (sub-classification C-21d)
SOLAR AIR-CONDITIONING (sub-classification C-21e)
CHILLED AND HOT WATER SYSTEMS (sub-classification C-21f)
INDUSTRIAL PIPING (sub-classification C-21g)
You must meet the following basic requirements:
You must also meet the following plumber requirements
Journeyman level experience means that you have reached a certain level of mastery and knowledge of your trade.
Credit for experience in Nevada is only issued at the journeyman or supervisory level.
You must be aware of every aspect of your trade as well as maintaining a certain level of safety and quality control.
The Contractors Board in Nevada may request to see the documentation of your experience in heating and air-conditioning.
It is important that you have some way to prove your claim of being a journeyman.
Depending on your county or jurisdiction there may be an additional HVAC certification required to bid on projects.
You may document your 4 years of experience in the following ways:
The NSCB (Nevada State Contractors Board) will require you to submit 4 notarized references verifying your construction experience.
These references must be from people who have first hand knowledge of your experience and who have witnessed you work.
You may use any of the following people to sign off on your experience as an HVAC contractor:
Description of work experience
In addition to references. You must also include a detailed description of your experience.
Each reference must include
Your description must go into a certain level of detail:
"Jim is a great guy and an HVAC Technician" - Is not descriptive enough
An example of a more descriptive explanation would be:
"Jim has installed A/C Units, serviced heating units, changed freon, and maintained a safe job site. He is experienced with electrical and plumbing hook ups, has installed compressed and engaged in duct work...etc"
You will want to talk about the:
You will have to form a legal entity before you can get a license and offer HVAC services. You can learn more about setting up a business entity on the Nevada Secretary of State Website
You must first choose a name and then you can choose the type of entity you want for your HVAC company.
Typically, construction companies choose either:
For a complete explanation of the difference between these types of entities and which one makes the most sense for someone applying for a contractor license, check out this free guide!
To get licensed and bonded in Nevada you will need to pass a two part exam which is administered by PSI.
Lets start with the Construction Management Survey Exam...
This is a LAW & BUSINESS focused test that will cover the following topics:
If you are unfamiliar with the contractor license laws, it could be helpful for you to enroll in a Nevada contractor license school.
However, make sure you understand the scope of what contractor classes actually teach you. There are several schools that specialize in Nevada exam prep.
Learn more about the difference between a trade school and a contractor license school!
The trade portion of the test will cover:
You must first register for an examination at the (NSCB) Nevada State Contractors Board website.
Once the board accepts your application packet, they will mail you a candidate eligibility letter that will include a PSI Registration Form with instructions on how to select an exam date.
There are three available testing locations:
3210 East Tropicana Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada 89121
Airport Plaza Office Building
1755 E Plumb Lane Ste 108
Reno, Nevada 89502
225 Silver Street Ste 102
Elko, Nevada 89801
How much is a Nevada HVAC license? Currently the NCSB fees include:
Submit Application - You can find an application here
2310 CORPORATE CIRCLE, SUITE 200,
HENDERSON, NEVADA, 89074
For consumers looking for a licensed and bonded contractor in the state of Nevada
You may be also required to register and get a Nevada state business license. The Nevada department of business and Industry has information about this process.
Can I use my Nevada Contractor license in California?
Contractor License reciprocity is an agreement between the Contractor licensing boards of two different states.
It can mean that they have similar building standards, allowing contractors to work freely between states.
In the context of licensing, it means that a contractor who is licensed in one state, may not need to retake an exam to get licensed in another state.
Learn more about Nevada's reciprocity agreement with California, Arizona and Utah!
Whether you are looking to get a journeyman card in Nevada or begin a career in the HVAC construction trade.
One of the best ways to build a solid foundation in your career is by looking into an apprenticeship program school. These types of schools can provide you with valuable HVAC technician training.
Average HVAC technician salary is $50,400. There are many opportunities within this specialized trade.
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.
Learn more about the step by step path from an Apprentice to Journeyman!
Those looking to do pursue a career in construction should be able to read construction blueprints and identify basic lines and symbols.
Construction 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!
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 HVAC installation. HVAC mechanics should know how to safely install air-conditioning and refrigeration systems.
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 contractor in Nevada, you may be asked to complete some level of Nevada OSHA Safety Training.
Getting a Nevada state 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 an existing HVAC company!
The Construction industry is highly lucrative.
If you are looking to get work in another state you can find information here about HVAC contractor licenses in: California, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida
The key is to take action and follow these steps from beginning to end.
If you have found this article, be sure to let us know! and check back for more updates in the future.
Digital Constructive is the #1 Online Resource for Construction Professionals