Full HVAC license versus gas fitters license: Veteran of 5-year apprenticeship defends Ontario College of Trades
Steve Brown argues that a simple gas license is nowhere near enough to do proper HVAC installations.
September 14, 2018 by canadiancontractor
Further to our ongoing Ontario College of Trades discussions, last week we had a long-standing HVAC installer with a gas license heavily criticizing the Ontario College of Trades for deeming his training insufficient.
Well, a gas license isn’t enough, argues Steve Brown…
People can start HVAC businesses without trade licences? Maybe we would not have this conversation if this individual was taught to weave baskets instead of working in the underground economy. Getting through my 5-year apprenticeship was not a walk in the park. But getting the licence is more about taking pride in your workmanship: doing it properly using best engineering practices. Getting a gas certificate was made way too easy by the fast track education system we’ve embraced. There was no open book policy writing a C of Q!
Maybe the TSSA and OCOT should get the mechanical contractors association/HRAI on board to help out. Erasing the underground non-licensed “contractors” may help us. Those of us playing (and paying) by the rules and established find it hard to keep the lights on and help our employees earn the wages they deserve. It’s nearly impossible to earn a respectable income and run a profitable small business. Sad to see people whine while using handymen on all the gravy jobs.
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