NATE, North American Technician Excellence Inc., is an independent, third-party certification body for HVAC/R technicians. NATE tests technicians; others train. Testing validates the technician's knowledge and a training program's instruction. Candidates can earn installation and/or service certification in five specialty areas: air-conditioning, air distribution, heat pumps, gas heating & oil heating.
NATE assures consumers that a knowledgeable technician will service their home heating or cooling system. 87% of consumers prefer a certified technician to work on their home comfort system. That's powerful. Independent third party certification has great value and implies a good reputation to those looking for an HVAC/R contractor. NATE's Consumer Contractor Connection business locator helps consumers identify contractors employing NATE-certified technicians.
The entire HVAC/R industry supports NATE: manufacturers, utilities, wholesalers, educators, technicians, contractors and trade associations. The NATE coalition includes:
The D.O.E. endorses NATE. Consumer Reports said, "It's a plus if a technician is NATE-certified." EPA tells consumers to ask if a contractor's technicians are NATE-certified. Under the Montgomery GI Bill, the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) reimburses veterans who take the NATE tests. The U.S. Army recognizes NATE certification for promotion points. No other certification exam enjoys this industry support.
For more information, visit the NATE website.