HVAC Technician Training School at ICT in Newport, KY
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HVAC Residential Technician Training

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Residential

HVAC Residential Technician TrainingProgram availability: Newport, KY Campus

This program offers training in all phases of repair and maintenance of residential heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. The program also prepares the student for the required Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Certifications in the management of refrigerants and North American Technician Excellence (NATE) Certifications designed to recognize truly excellent and capable HVAC professionals.  The program courses contain a presentation of theory but are largely taught through hands-on experience for applied technical HVAC courses.  Excellent employment opportunities exist for entry-level positions as a residential HVAC technician or maintenance technician.

Certifications Included 

ICT is one of the few colleges in the country to include industry-required certifications as part of the program.

  • North American Technician Excellence (NATE)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

As with all programs we offer, the HVAC residential program includes an externship. An externship is a program that assigns a student to a partnering company for 135 hours giving the student the opportunity to put his/her new skills to use and gain real-life career training experience. ICT is one of the few HVAC schools that offer this as part of a student’s training in every program of study.

Excellent employment opportunities exist for residential HVAC technicians or maintenance technicians, and this is a field in which well-qualified technicians will always be in demand.  And as with all ICT programs, our Employment Assistance program is there to help each graduate find employment upon graduation and whenever additional employment assistance is needed in the future. 

State Requirements for the HVAC Field in Kentucky

The State of Kentucky requires that anyone entering the HVAC field to become a Master HVAC Contractor must complete a multi-step process including becoming licensed and working as an apprentice mechanic, journeyman mechanic, and finally being licensed as a Master Contractor.

While this process may seem challenging, it assures a well-trained professional core of HVAC technicians.

Definitions from the Commonwealth of Kentucky HVAC Laws and Regulations

Apprentice heating, ventilation, and air conditioning mechanic – means an individual in the process of learning the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning trade who assists and is under the supervision of a master heating, ventilation, and air conditioning contractor and a journeyman heating, ventilation, and air conditioning mechanic.

Certificate – means a document issued by the board to an apprentice heating, ventilation, and air conditioning mechanic to assist a master heating, ventilation, and air conditioning contractor or a journeyman heating, ventilation, or air conditioning mechanic.

Journeyman heating, ventilation, and air conditioning mechanic – means an individual who is licensed by the board to perform heating, ventilation, and air conditioning work under the supervision, direction, and responsibility of a master heating, ventilation, and air conditioning contractor.

Maintenance person or maintenance engineer – means a person who is a regular and bona fide full-time employee or agent of a property owner, property lessor, property management company, or firm, not in the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning business that has jurisdiction of property where the routine maintenance of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning is being performed, provided the maintenance shall not include replacement of heating, ventilation, or air conditioning systems.

Master heating, ventilation, and air conditioning contractor – means a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning contractor who is licensed by the board to advertise and practice heating, ventilation, and air conditioning contracting in this Commonwealth.

Summary of Requirements for Progression Towards Master HVAC Contractor as Cited in the Commonwealth of Kentucky HVAC Laws and Regulations

Requirements – Apprentice

  • To satisfy the requirement of apprentice, an applicant must register with the Kentucky Board of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Contractors and must gain two years of experience in the HVAC field.
  • This time requirement may be comprised of two years of employment, or the satisfactory completion of one academic year of a board approved curriculum or one year of professional training in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning work, plus one year of employment.
  • One year of the two year requirement may also be satisfied by satisfactory completion of one academic year of teaching experience in a board approved or state-approved technical education program in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning

Requirements/Qualifications – Journeyman

An applicant for a journeyman heating, ventilation, and air conditioning mechanic’s license shall:

  • Be at least eighteen (18) years of age;
  • Be a citizen of the United States or be a resident alien who is authorized to do work in the United States;
  • Have been regularly and principally employed or engaged in heating, ventilation, and air  conditioning  trades  for  not  less  than  two  (2)  years  under  the  direction and supervision of a master heating, ventilation, and air conditioning contractor; or
  • Have been regularly and principally employed or engaged in the performance of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning work for not less than four (4) years in a jurisdiction other than Kentucky, as demonstrated by verifiable documentation;
  • Have passed an examination prescribed by the board to determine the applicant’s competency to install, maintain, and repair heating and cooling systems, heating and cooling service, burner service, and hydronic systems; and;
  • Have paid a fee as established in administrative regulations promulgated by the

Requirements/Qualifications- Master Contractor

An applicant for a master heating, ventilation, and air conditioning contractor’s license shall:

  • Be at least eighteen (18) years of age;
  • Be a citizen of the United States or be a resident alien who is authorized to do work in the United States;
  • Have been regularly and principally employed or engaged in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning trades as a journeyman heating, ventilation, and air conditioning mechanic for not less than two (2) years under the direction and supervision of a master heating, ventilation, and air conditioning contractor; or
  • Have been regularly and principally employed or engaged in the practice of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning contracting as a master heating, ventilation, and air conditioning contractor, or equivalent thereof, for not less than five (5) years in a jurisdiction other than Kentucky, as demonstrated by verifiable documentation;
  • Have passed   an  examination  prescribed  by  the  board  to  determine  the  applicant’s competency to practice heating, ventilation, and air conditioning contracting; and
  • Have paid a fee as established in administrative regulations promulgated by the board

Additional Qualification Provisions

If an applicant for a Master heating, ventilation, and air conditioning contractor’s license or journeyman heating, ventilation, and air conditioning mechanic’s license presents the board with proof of training and experience equivalent to the training and experience requirements  acquired while serving as a member of the United States Armed Forces, Reserves, or National Guard, and actively engaged in that  occupation as part of his or her military duties for not less than two (2) years as annotated on the Department of Defense Form DD 214, the board shall accept that training and experience towards the Master HVAC Contractor’s license.

Complete details may be found in the Commonwealth of Kentucky Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Law and Regulations issued by the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction, Division of HVAC.

The entire document may be obtained by contacting:

Division of HVAC
101 Sea Hero Road, Suite 100
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-5412
It is also available on the Division of HVAC’s website

The HVAC Residential Program offered by Interactive College of Technology has been approved by the State of Kentucky Heating, Air Conditioning, and Ventilation Board. Accordingly, this program meets the requirements necessary to fulfill one year of the Apprentice step outlined above. 

NOTE:  For residents of Ohio and Indiana:

There are no similar apprentice or journeyman requirements for employment in the HVAC field in Ohio and Indiana. However, any service technician that works in Kentucky must meet the Kentucky licensing requirements, regardless of where the company is based.