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Victory’s mechanical contractor licensing bill signed

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Roger Victory on Tuesday said the governor has signed his bill to revise licensing requirements for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) contractors.

“This reform improves the licensing standards for new HVAC contractors and allows existing contractors to become licensed in additional fields and expand the work they can do for Michigan homeowners and businesses,” said Victory, R-Hudsonville. “The problem was the sole option for mechanical contractors to add other classifications was extremely limiting. With this reform, existing mechanical contractors will have more ways to expand their license.”

Senate Bill 60, now Public Act 68 of 2021, adds more eligibility options and requirements for applicants seeking a new mechanical contractor’s license. Previously, the only option was a minimum of three years of experience. Under the act, applicants now can help meet the 6,000 hours of experience requirement by successfully completing a two-year or equivalent HVAC program provided 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 of better verifying a new applicant’s mechanical work experience, similar to what was done from 1985 through 2015. Having applicants with proper work experience will help provide more qualified mechanical contractors.

“This has been a long process, but it was worth it to help more people work in these important fields and ensure West Michigan families can find trained and qualified contractors to provide these services,” Victory said.