NATE, North American Technician Excellence, is the largest non-profit organization for HVAC/R (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration) technicians in the nation. Based in Arlington, Virginia, NATE was developed by the HVAC/R industry itself in 1997. Since then it has been the certification organization that the industry supports.
Others Train … NATE Tests
The certification tests given by NATE represent a working, real-world understanding of HVAC/R systems. Topics that are relevant to educators, utilities, contractors, and manufacturers alike are included in NATE exams.
These exams were developed by a nationwide panel of experts in the HVAC/R industry. They are precise, knowledge-based, multiple-choice examinations that verify a technician’s understanding and expertise.
Completion of NATE testing is necessary to earn service and/or installation certifications in one or more areas of specialization. To earn NATE certification, a technician must pass a core test that covers that candidate’s HVAC/R-specific knowledge, construction knowledge, and general knowledge.
Specialty tests cover a candidate’s knowledge of the repair of HVAC/R systems, installation, and service maintenance. The areas that NATE testing offers certification in are (in alphabetical order):
- Air Conditioning
- Air Distribution
- Heat Pumps
- Gas Heating
- Oil Heating
- Hydraulics Gas (service only)
- Hydraulics Oil (service only)
- Light Commercial Refrigeration (service only)
- Commercial Refrigeration (service only)
- Ground Source Heat Pump Loop Installer
- Senior HVAC Efficiency Analyst
Why NATE is Important
Without NATE there would be nothing to tell you if the technicians that you are hiring are knowledgeable about the work they are there to do. It would be like hiring a surgeon without a medical degree!
Since NATE certified technicians have clearly demonstrated and proven their knowledge in the HVAC/R industry, customers can rest assured that the service people they hire have been properly assessed. While this does not guarantee that they will use that knowledge to address your needs, you at least know that it is possible.
In addition, it stands to reason that any technician that has gone through the training necessary to pass NATE testing will do a good job. It is not easy to receive NATE certification and that means those who do are invested in their trade.
To hire a NATE certified technician for heating or AC repair in Springfield and the surrounding areas, contact us today!