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Master HVACR and Master HVACR Restricted Licensure

Selecting Type of License

The type of license you hold determines the HVACR services that you are permitted to provide.

Master HVACR – A Master HVACR can design, install, construct, maintain, service, repair, alter, or modify a product or equipment including gas piping in heating and air conditioning, refrigeration, ventilation, or process cooling or heating systems.

Master HVACR Restricted – A Master HVACR Restricted can provide HVACR services limited to one of the following specialties:

  • Heating – Forced Air Systems, Ventilation, and Gas Piping
  • Heating – Hydronic Systems and Gas Piping
  • Commercial Hood Systems
  • Refrigeration
  • Air Conditioning
  • Gas Piping

If you wish to provide services in more than one of these specialties, you must apply for a Master HVACR license. If you already hold a current Delaware Master HVACR Restricted license, you must apply to upgrade to an unrestricted license.

You need a Master Plumber license in addition to a Master HVACR or Master HVACR Restricted license if you design, install, construct, replace, service, repair, alter, or modify the pipes, fixtures, and other apparatus used for bringing the water supply into a building and removing liquid and water-carried wastes from a building.  You can also install and connect gas piping. To apply for a Master Plumber license, see Master Plumber Licensure.

Information on How to Apply for a License in DELPROS

Applications are processed in DELPROS (Delaware Professional Regulation Online Services). The online license application process is simple and provides you with clear instructions throughout each stage of the application process. We strongly recommend that you understand what the requirements are for the license you are pursuing. Then, request and gather the documents you need before you begin the application process. Most of the information and forms are on this website. For further clarification of requirements, refer to your profession’s License Law and the Rules and Regulations.

In order to apply for a license or service request, you must have a DELPROS account. To create a new account or log into an existing DELPROS account, follow the instructions at the beginning of the application process. As part of the final steps of the application process, DELPROS instructs you to either “attach” or “upload” the required documents directly to your application and/or to “acknowledge” that you will either send them in yourself or make arrangements for “third-party” documents/forms to be sent to the Board office. Examples of “third-party forms” are transcripts from schools, employment verifications from a supervisor, and license verifications from another state. Official license verifications and/or transcripts are acceptable when received electronically directly from the State Board or school/institution. Note that forms requiring a signature, seal, or notary must be MAILED to the Board office directly UNLESS the document specifically indicates to UPLOAD the document. All documents received by mail are scanned and attached to the appropriate license records.

In DELPROS, you have the ability to save your application and return to it to edit/update information or upload documents for up to six months. However, if you do not submit your application within six months, you will have to restart your online application process. The Board office begins processing applications shortly after submission in the portal. You may check the status of your application in the DELPROS system throughout the whole process and we will correspond with you by email. The requirements for this license type are provided in the following section(s).

Requirements for All Applicants

In addition to submitting the application and fee in DELPROS, you must submit:

  • State/Jurisdiction Licensure Verification sent directly to the Board office from each state or jurisdiction in which you currently hold or have ever held a license.
    • The jurisdiction may be a state, U.S. territory, District of Columbia or any other governmental jurisdiction such as a city or county. In the state of Pennsylvania, HVACR licenses are not issued by a state board. If the only current license you hold was issued by a Pennsylvania municipality or other jurisdiction, you must apply by examination.
    • If a license was for an HVACR business that covered all its employees, instead of your own license as an individual, it is not necessary to obtain a license verification for that business.
  • A copy of your CFC Certification card if you are applying for a Master HVACR, Master HVACR Restricted-Refrigeration, Master HVACR Restricted-Air Conditioning.
  • Proof of your work experience for periods of employment that are required (under Exam and Reciprocity sections below). Arrange for your supervisor(s) to complete the Verification of Employment form.
    • If you cannot obtain the required Verification of Employment form from the supervisor, you may substitute tax form W-2 or an affidavit of the employer or officer of the employing company. You must also enclose a statement explaining why you cannot obtain the Verification of Employment form from the supervisor.
    • To prove your work experience for periods of self-employment, you may submit tax form Schedule C.
    • Acceptance of proof of experience is at the Board’s discretion.

Examination Applicants

The following requirements apply to applications by examination in addition to the requirements in the previous section above. The documents that you must submit is determined by whether or not you have a “Journeyman Certificate”. The acceptable “Journeyman Certificate” is one that is issued by a federally-approved HVACR apprenticeship program such as the Delaware Department of Labor.

  • If you have a journeyman certificate, you must submit:
    • Copy of your apprenticeship program Certificate of Completion.
    • Proof of at least two years work experience under the supervision of a master licensee after receiving Certificate.
  • If you do not have a journeyman certificate, you must submit:
    • Proof of at least seven years work experience under supervision of a master licensee.
    • The Board will review your experience and if approved, you will be notified that you may take the Apprenticeship By-Pass Exam, offered by Delaware apprenticeship schools. After you receive approval notification, you may call one of the following schools to schedule your test date:
      • Castle County – New Castle County VoTech (302) 683-3643
      • Kent County – PolyTech H.S. (302) 697-4545
      • Sussex County – Sussex Tech, Georgetown (302) 856-9035
  • Arrange for the Board to receive the exam results after you pass the exam with at least 70%.

When the Board approves you to sit for the Master exam, the Board office will send you a candidate information packet. For more information about the Master exam, see Examinations.

Reciprocity Applicants

The following requirements apply to applications by reciprocity in addition to the requirements in the Requirements for All Applicants section above.

If none of the jurisdictions where you hold a current license has licensure standards that are “substantially similar” to those of Delaware, proof of experience is required. The table below shows whether to submit proof of experience.


IF you hold a current HVACR license in any of these states… THEN the licensure standards… AND you…
Connecticut, Iowa, Maryland are substantially similar do not need to submit any proof of experience.
Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia are not substantially similar must submit proof of your experience under the supervision of a master licensee for at least seven years after licensure.
any state or U.S. territory not listed above must be evaluated by the Board must submit a copy of the other jurisdiction’s law and regulations for evaluation.


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