What is NATE?
North American Technician Excellence is an independent, third-party, non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration. NATE only tests technicians; the actual training is done by other organizations in preparation for the test. There are 21 separate technician tests. Nate has many partners throughout the HVAC industry, including industry associations, utilities, and manufacturers. Why is it advisable to hire a company that has NATE certified technicians? Through instruction and a training program, NATE testing validates the technician’s knowledge. The NATE tests are rigorous, multiple-choice, knowledge based tests. They correspond to repair issues that 80% of technicians have and 80% chance of encountering once a year. A company that has NATE certified employees shows its professionalism and effort to deliver the highest quality service to the customer.