EPA requirements are stated and under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government. Holding an EPA card does NOT replace the need for a state license in South Carolina.
An HVAC professional should have one of two licenses in order to legally offer and perform HVAC installation or repair. For any residential HVAC repair or installation exceeding $200 or any commercial HVAC repair or installation exceeding $5,000.00.
Both licenses are administered by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. A contractor should have either a commercial license administered by the SC Contractor’s Licensing Board (commercial licensing) or a license from LLR’s Residential Builders (licensing board).
With the commercial license, there are three classifications: Air Conditioning (AC) or Heating (HT) or Packaged Equipment (PK).
With a Residential Builders License, an hvac contractor’s license would be listed under the heading of “heating and air.”
Exceptions to HVAC work with a license
Homeowners can “do their own hvac work” to their home without the need to have one of the two licenses listed above. The homeowner however does need to comply with all other laws and regulations including acquiring a permit. Also, homeowners who “do their own work” may/may not be eligible to invoke the equipment’s manufacturer’s warrantee.
Home Builders (who have their own licensing requirements from LLR to meet) may provide hvac services.
Columbia, SOUTH CAROLINA (March 17, 2014) – The South Carolina Association of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors (SCAHACC), held its second annual Technician Red Zone Competition in conjunction with the 2014 Annual Convention & Trade Show. SCAHACC is proud to congratulate Aaron Courier of Carolina Heating Service from Greenville SC as the Top Tech in the State with a perfect score.
Courier competed against 10 other technicians from across of the state. The technicians were skill tested and timed at four HVAC stations with accuracy being very important. The stations consisted of identifying the type of refrigerant used, high voltage troubleshooting, low voltage and thermostat trouble, measurement of airflow on air handler, gas furnace carbon monoxide and combustion testing and analysis.
“Service technicians are a critical part of the HVAC business. The red zone gave them an opportunity to show off their skills as well as an opportunity to educate students and other technicians. This was our second time of doing the competition; it was a huge success. We will be doing it again, “ said Scott Kelly, contractor for Greenville, SC, association past president and Technician Red Zone Committee Chairman.
SCAHACC Announces Winner of 2014 Technician Red Zone Competition