Understanding why NATE is important to you.
North American Technician Excellence
What does nate stand for?
NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence
what is nate?
Founded in 1997, North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is the nation’s largest non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians. As our business evolves to meet the growing demands of the HVAC/R workforce, the company's vision - to be the leader in developing and recognizing professional HVAC/R technicians - remains clear. Headquartered in Arlington, VA, NATE is the certification organization that was developed by, and has been supported by the entire HVAC/R industry for over 20 years.
NATE tests represent real world working knowledge of HVACR systems. Developed by a committee of industry experts nationwide, our NATE certfication exams represent HVACR topics pertinent to contractors, educators, manufacturers and utilities alike. NATE tests are rigorous, knowledge-based tests which validate a technician’s knowledge. NATE candidates may earn Installation and/or Service certification in one or more specialty areas, including:
- Air Conditioning
- Air Distribution
- Heat Pumps
- Gas Heating
- Light Commercial Refrigeration (service only)
- Commercial Refrigeration (service only)
- Ground Source Heat Pump Installer
Why choose a nate certified technician?
NATE-certified technicians have demonstrated their knowledge of today’s increasingly sophisticated heating and cooling systems by passing a nationally recognized test developed and supported by all segments of the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning industry. Consumers can rest assured that with a NATE-certified technician, they are getting the best installation and service for maximum comfort and economy in their heating and cooling system. Better installation and service mean a longer life for your heating and cooling equipment and increased energy efficiency. Technicians who are NATE-certified know that NATE stands for excellence and quality service.
When Using a NATE-Certified Technician, You Benefit From:
- Lower utility bills through proper installation and maintenance
- Fewer callbacks and warranty returns
- Fast, efficient service
- Job done right the first time
- Equipment that runs at peak efficiency
- Advice & knowledge of skilled, certified technician
- Greater peace of mind
From air conditioning and heating installer certifications to residential and light commercial maintenance, NATE techs are the best in the business. So when you call a contractor, ask if they use NATE-certified technicians.
can i check to see if my hvac company/contractor is certified?
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