Victory’s mechanical contractor licensing bill signed
LANSING, Michigan — sen. Roger Victory said Tuesday the governor has signed his bill to review licensing requirements for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) contractors.
“This reform improves licensing standards for new HVAC contractors and allows existing contractors to license additional areas and expand the work they can do for homeowners and businesses in Michigan,” said Victory, R- Hudsonville. “The problem was that the only option for mechanical contractors to add other classifications was extremely limiting. With this reform, existing mechanical contractors have more ways to extend their license.”
Senate Bill 60, now Public Act 68 of 2021, adds more eligibility options and requirements for applicants seeking a new mechanical contractor license. Previously, the only option was at least three years of experience. Under the law, applicants can now help meet the 6,000-hour experience requirement by successfully completing a two-year or equivalent HVAC program offered by a trade school, community college, or university, or approved by the U.S. Department of Labor.
It also requires the Bureau of Construction Codes to implement a process to better verify a new job applicant’s mechanical work experience, similar to what was done from 1985 to 2015. Having job applicants with the appropriate work experience will help attract more qualified mechanical contractors. offer.
“This has been a long process, but it has been worth the effort to help more people work in these important areas and ensure that families in West Michigan can find trained and qualified contractors to provide these services,” Victory said.