What is NATE

NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence. NATE is headquartered in Arlington, VA., and was founded in 1997. It is the nation’s largest non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians. NATE is the only independent, third-party non-profit certification body governed, owned, operated, developed and supported by the HVACR industry. This is referred to as the GOODS Principle. The benefit of The GOODS Principle is a better-trained, more knowledgeable and professional HVACR workforce that provides improved service and reliability for customers.

The GOODS Principle

- Governed by the industry to assure all parties have a voice in the operation and structure of the programs that make better technicians

- Owned by the industry to ensure no one party reaps financial benefit from the actual programs

- Operated by the industry so there is inclusive open consensus of the programs

- Developed by the industry to enhance and raise the skills of the technician

- Supported by the industry to maintain the financial stability of technician programs

In order to be recognized and accepted in the NATE community, an HVAC professional must pass at least one NATE Certification exam. Passing the NATE exam demonstrates your superior knowledge and commitment to quality. It also enables an individual to gain the trust and confidence of customers and employers. NATE is the leading HVAC certification, as it is nationally accepted.

NATE certification tests represent real world working knowledge of HVACR systems. Developed by a committee of industry experts nationwide, the NATE exams represent HVACR topics pertinent to contractors, educators, manufacturers and utilities alike. Industry experts sought to close the gap in HVAC training and proficiency, so the creation of this HVAC Certification was a significant step in the training of qualified technicians. NATE is a valid, reliable, defensible, and widely respected certification protocol for the seasoned technician in the HVACR industry.

Joining the NATE coalition in 1999, the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) and the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) enhanced the program and continued the industry philosophy of self-governance and raising the standards for HVACR technicians. Coalition partners continued joining NATE with Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning National Association (SMACNA) and Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA) becoming part of the coalition in 2001. In 2006, the United Association (UA) joined the NATE Technical Committee.

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