HVAC Grads Now Have Easier Path to Alabama Licensing

June 25, 2012:    Graduates from Columbus Technical College’s Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) diploma program are now more readily able to apply for a license to practice in the State of Alabama. This is according to a statement issued by the Alabama Board of Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Contractors (HACR). The decision to allow Columbus Tech’s HVAC graduates to apply was made at the Board’s meeting on June 14.

HVAC Student Chucky Turk

HVAC student Chucky Turk hones his skills out in the field.

In a letter to program manager Craig Oldenburg, Executive Director of the Alabama Board of HACR Kathy LeCroix stated, “An applicant for examination for a heating, air conditioning, or refrigeration certified contractor license shall be eligible to stand for the examination if the applicant has held an apprentice registration, issued by this board, for two or more calendar years; or has completed 3,000 hours of coursework or experience, as defined by the Board; or is a graduate of an approved heating, air conditioning, or refrigeration curriculum…therefore, an individual who received a diploma from your program will qualify them to submit an examination application to the Board without requiring the Board to review the application at the next regularly scheduled meeting.” 

Oldenburg was thrilled with this announcement, saying it’ll make life easier for his students.

“So many of our students want to be able to practice their trade in both Georgia and Alabama,” Oldenburg said. “With this hurdle being cleared, it’ll help them be able to do that while honing their skills and earning a more comfortable living.”

HVAC student Aaron Ostrander

Aaron Ostrander is a graduate of CTC's HVAC program. He has already benefitted from the new agreement with Alabama and has been approved to take his HVAC contractor's exam.

Getting approval by the Alabama Board of HACR was a long time coming. The process has been ongoing for about six months.

For more information on the Columbus Tech HVAC program, contact Craig Oldenburg at coldenburg@columbustech.edu.