NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence, the largest certification organization in North America for the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians. NATE was created in 1997 by the HVACR industry and has served as a standard-bearer for the entire industry for the last 20 years. Let's look a little deeper at what this certification entails and how it gives you confidence that the technicians working on your equipment have the knowledge and expertise to do the job right.
The NATE certification consists of a core examination covering fundamentals and then to complete certification, the technician must pass an additional examination for either Installation or Service in one of eleven specialty areas (note: four of the specialty areas are service only). The exams are created by a committee of industry experts from across North America and focus on real-world working knowledge of HVACR systems. This approach helps ensure the tests and certification are relevant to the skills technicians need to perform top-quality work in the field.
NATE doesn't provide training, only testing and certification. NATE approaches certification this way to avoid situations where technicians are "trained for the test" rather than being trained for the full range of skills they'll need for day-to-day work with HVACR systems. NATE certified technicians have to renew or recertify every two years for most specialties (the Ground Source Heat Pump Loop Installation certification is good for three years). Renewal or recertification requires technicians to complete a minimum of 16 hours of documented continued education or training in their specialty area and/or retaking the certification exams. The reason for this recertification process is to ensure NATE certified technicians are up-to-date on the latest systems and technology, especially as new technology continues to change and shape the HVACR industry.
What NATE certification means for you as a client is peace of mind. You can feel confident that your NATE certified technician has the proven expertise and knowledge required to service or install your HVAC system properly. And you can rest assured that your NATE certified technician is up-to-date on the latest technology and industry standards. At Carolina Comfort Systems, we are committed to providing the very best service for our clients, which is why NATE certification is so important to us.