Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors Continuing Education
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors must complete eight (8) hours of continuing education in courses approved by the department. One of the eight hours must be instruction on Texas laws and rules that regulate the conduct of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors. The other seven hours must be courses taken in one or more of the following subjects:
- Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1302, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors.
- Title 16, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 75, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Administrative Rules.
- The International Mechanical Code, the Uniform Mechanical Code, or other applicable codes.
- Business practices.
- Technical requirements.
Changes were made to the continuing education rule requirements for air conditioning and refrigeration contractors, lowering the number of hours of instruction in state laws and rules required annually from two hours to one hour, effective with licenses that expire on or after June 1, 2014. The total number of continuing education hours required annually will remain at eight hours.
Continuing education courses must be completed within the term of the license being renewed. For example, if a license expires on December 15, 2013, the continuing education courses taken to renew that license must have been taken between December 15, 2012 and December 15, 2013..
For a late renewal, the continuing education courses must have been completed within the one year period immediately prior to the date of renewal.
Licensees may not receive continuing education credit for attending the same course more than once. Further, licensees must retain a copy of the certificate of completion for a course for one year after the date of completion. In conducting any inspection or investigation of the licensee, the department may examine the licensee's records to determine compliance.
Please note that the reporting of continuing education hours is the responsibility of the continuing education provider. Licensees may check their hours at the Continuing Education Courses Look Up. If the hours have not been reported, licensees should contact the provider first to ensure that the hours are reported. If the reporting issue is not resolved, they have the option of filing a complaint.