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21 Nov 2017





The NATE Advantage – November 2017

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Mike Murphy
Publisher, The NEWS

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November 2017: Check out the NATE C3 program, Updated Air Conditioning Service Exam
In the November issue of the NATE Advantage, we take a look at the beta testing of our Air Conditioning Service Exam, discuss key updates to the PASS user interface, and explain how to expand your reach for free with the NATE Consumer Contractor Connection (C3) program.
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Beta Test of Air Conditioning Service Exam
NATE will be conducting a beta test of our recently updated Air Conditioning Service exam, as part of our continued focus on improving and maintaining the relevance of our exam offering. Any online Air Conditioning Service exams taken from October 9th will be the new version of the exam. A new passing score will need to be determined as part of the beta testing process. Results will be held for analysis until early December to ensure that the revised score reflects any increased or decreased difficulty of the updated exam.

Should a NATE-certified technician require the Air Conditioning Service exam to recertify, please have them contact NATE. NATE will extend the technician’s certification through the end of the beta test window, to ensure that their certification does not lapse while the exam scores are temporarily held.

Please contact customer service at 877-420-6283 or email askNATE@natex.org if you have additional questions about the process.


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PASS User Interface Update
NATE’s online testing provider, Castle Worldwide, is making an update to their Performance Assessment System (PASS). The new update provides a cleaner, stable, and more user-friendly user interface by changing from JavaScript to the more modern HTML5.

The switch should be seamless from the proctor’s view; changes are mainly cosmetic. However, like the previous system, a user’s browser must be up-to-date to avoid testing problems. Browser configurations can be reviewed and previewed by using the “Updated” link here: https://www.castleworldwide.com/cww/take-a-sample-test.

Please contact customer service at 877-420-6283 or askNATE@natex.org with any questions about the update.


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Expand Your Reach for Free with NATE’s Contractor Locator
Did you know that NATE allows contractors of all sizes to participate in the NATE Consumer Contractor Connection (C3) program?

When you become a member of the C3 program, you gain access to new customers and benefit from the association with the leading certification organization in HVACR. Whether you are a one-person shop or have NATE-certified technicians in multiple locations, you can register for a free listing on our contractor locator that receives 5,000 visits monthly.

List and advertise your business for free on the NATE Consumer Contractor Connection website today! To qualify, a contractor must have at least 25 percent of its eligible service and installation technicians NATE-certified. Find out more online at http://www.natex.org/site/395/Contractors/Consumer-Connection-C3


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21 Nov 2017





The NATE Advantage – October 2017

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October 2017: PASS User Interface Updates, Air Conditioning Service Exam Beta Test
In the October issue of the NATE advantage, we discuss the beta test of our Air Conditioning Service Exam, look at updates to the PASS user interface, explain how eligible HVACR contractors can become NATE testing organizations, and break down the NATE Consumer Contractor Connection (C3) program.
Bacharach

Beta Test of Air Conditioning Service Exam
NATE will be conducting a beta test of our recently updated Air Conditioning Service exam, as part of our continued focus on improving and maintaining the relevance of our exam offering. Any online Air Conditioning Service exams taken from October 9th will be the new version of the exam. A new passing score will need to be determined as part of the beta testing process. Results will be held for analysis until early December to ensure that the revised score reflects any increased or decreased difficulty of the updated exam.

Should a NATE-certified technician require the Air Conditioning Service exam to recertify, please have them contact NATE. NATE will extend the technician’s certification through the end of the beta test window, to ensure that their certification does not lapse while the exam scores are temporarily held.

Please contact customer service at 877-420-6283 or email askNATE@natex.org if you have additional questions about the process.


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PASS User Interface Update
NATE’s online testing provider, Castle Worldwide, is making an update to their Performance Assessment System (PASS). The new update provides a cleaner, stable, and more user-friendly user interface by changing from JavaScript to the more modern HTML5.

The switch should be seamless from the proctor’s view; changes are mainly cosmetic. However, like the previous system, a user’s browser must be up-to-date to avoid testing problems. Browser configurations can be reviewed and previewed by using the “Updated” link here: https://www.castleworldwide.com/cww/take-a-sample-test.

Please contact customer service at 877-420-6283 or askNATE@natex.org with any questions about the update.


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Eligible HVACR Contractors Encouraged to Become NATE Testing Organizations
Registering to become a NATE Testing Organization is good for business. Eligible contractors save time and money by ordering exams directly from NATE to test their technicians. As weather or business needs change, contractors can host sessions at a time that is most convenient.

NATE Testing Organization applications can be completed online at www.natex.org for contractors with:

  1. At least five technicians
  2. An individual outside of the service department who does not have hiring, firing or supervisor responsibilities over the technicians, who will act as the proctor for exams
  3. The ability to conduct at least one (1) test session per year
  4. A space such as training or meeting room that is conducive to testing

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Expand Your Reach for Free with NATE’s Contractor Locator
Did you know that NATE allows contractors of all sizes to participate in the NATE Consumer Contractor Connection (C3) program?

When you become a member of the C3 program, you gain access to new customers and benefit from the association with the leading certification organization in HVACR. Whether you are a one-person shop or have NATE-certified technicians in multiple locations, you can register for a free listing on our contractor locator that receives 5,000 visits monthly.

List and advertise your business for free on the NATE Consumer Contractor Connection website today! To qualify, a contractor must have at least 25 percent of its eligible service and installation technicians NATE-certified.

Find out more online at http://www.natex.org/site/395/Contractors/Consumer-Connection-C3.


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PHCC’S 2017 HVAC Apprentice Contest
Certifying the finest technicians in HVACR entails supporting their development at every stage of their career. This year, NATE was proud to sponsor Tyler Chumbley from Holt Plumbing & Heating in West Des Moines, Iowa, at PHCC’s 2017 HVAC Apprentice Contest. Company COO John Lanier took the opportunity to meet with Tyler as he completed the wiring event at the contest. A total of 12 HVAC apprentices were given an opportunity to demonstrate their skills at the event, held during the CONNECT 2017 trade show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Technicians:
NATE testing organizations NATE training locations NATE recertification information

Contractors:
Post a job Sign up for the free NATE contractor locator as featured on hvacradvice.com Download Marketing Materials

NATE Supports the AHR EXPO

It is the largest event that brings together all facets
of HVACR industry under one roof for three exciting days.

HVAC System Replacements

Tips From NEWS’ Best Contractors to Work For

New Industry RTU Standards

The NEWS
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09 Aug 2017

 

The NATE Advantage – August 2017

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This message is brought to you on behalf of The Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration News. We hope you’re enjoying your subscription to The NEWS. Visit us online at www.achrnews.com for daily news updates and the latest product information.

Mike Murphy
Publisher, The NEWS

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August 2017: Become a NATE Testing Organization, See NATE Website Upgrades
In the August issue of the NATE advantage, we continue celebrating the 20th anniversary of NATE, look at how eligible HVACR contractors can become NATE testing organizations, and discover NATE website upgrades. In addition, text message alerts are coming soon, and the NATE event schedule for fall 2017 is available.
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Eligible HVACR Contractors Encouraged to Become NATE Testing Organizations
Registering to become a NATE Testing Organization is good for business. Eligible contractors save time and money by ordering exams directly from NATE to test their technicians. As weather or business needs change, contractors can host sessions at a time that is most convenient.
NATE Testing Organization applications can be completed online at www.natex.org for contractors with:

  1. At least five technicians
  2. An individual outside of the service department who does not have hiring, firing or supervisor responsibilities over the technicians, who will act as the proctor for exams
  3. The ability to conduct at least one (1) test session per year
  4. A space such as training or meeting room that is conducive to testing
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NATE Website Upgrades
Technicians and business managers seeking options for testing and training can now benefit from upgrades to the NATE website. The Location Map search feature used to find testing and training organizations by zip code now shows the number of exams given in the last year, the last test session date, and the number of NATE-recognized training courses available respectively. These upgrades help technicians and business managers easily identify the NATE partners that are most likely to assist in their career development needs.
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Text Message Alerts Coming Soon
In the coming weeks, NATE will utilize text messages to share renewal deadline reminders, promotional information and alerts. Simply ensure that your mobile number is the primary number listed in your myNATE account, and you can benefit from this free* service.
The platform that NATE uses is a 100% opt-out service. Those who do not wish to receive messages can opt out at any time. Phone numbers and contact information will not be shared with other organizations, so those wishing to receive text alerts can be assured that their contact information is secure. To unsubscribe from the message alerts, simply text ‘STOP’ or contact NATE’s customer service team at 877-420-6283.*Message and data rates may apply in the U.S., and standard message and data rates apply in Canada.
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The 20th Anniversary Celebration Continues!
Do you wear your NATE with pride? Then we’d love to see! Help NATE celebrate 20 years of certification excellence by sharing fun photos of yourself or fellow NATE-certified technicians wearing your NATE patches. We want to see you – out on the job, at the office, helping your customers, in a training class or whatever you see fit. Get creative and share your pics with us! Email asknate@natex.org with your name, phone number and photo for a chance to win cool prizes! Keep in mind that your first name and photo may be used in our our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as the NATE Magazine. Stay tuned to www.natex.org, as well as our social media accounts using #CelebrateWithNATE, to celebrate with us all year long!
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NATE Event Schedule for Fall 2017

Contractor Leadership Live
12-14 Sept
Cleveland, OH

Connect 2017 – PHCC Convention
4 – 5 Oct
Milwaukee, WI

ACCA Business Technology and Operations Managers Forum
24 & 25 Oct
New Orleans, LA

ACCA Service Leadership Forum
26 & 27 Oct
New Orleans, LA

IHACI Trade Show
2 Nov
Pasadena, CA

Trane Comfort Specialists Meeting
9 – 12 Nov
Washington, DC

HARDI Annual Conference
2 – 5 Dec
Las Vegas, NV

* Dates and events are subject to change

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Contractors:
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It is the largest event that brings together all facets
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02 Jun 2017





The NATE Advantage – May 2017

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Publisher, The NEWS

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May 2017:
Connect with NATE

In the May issue of the NATE advantage, we continue to observe our 20th anniversary. Technicians, help NATE to celebrate you by sharing fun photos using the #CelebrateWithNate. Contractors, take advantage of the free Consumer Contractor Connection (C3) program to support your business. Learn about the NATE Technical Committee’s review of the AC Exam and how recertification fees can paid entirely online!
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#CelebrateWithNATE
Do you wear your NATE with pride? Then we’d love to see! Help NATE celebrate 20 years of certification excellence by sharing fun photos of yourself or fellow NATE-certified technicians wearing your NATE patches. We want to see you – out on the job, at the office, helping your customers, in a training class or whatever you see fit. Get creative and share your pics with us! Email asknate@natex.org with your name, phone number and photo for a chance to win cool prizes! Keep in mind that your first name and photo may be posted to our Facebook and Twitter pages. Stay tuned to www.natex.org, as well as our social media accounts using #CelebrateWithNATE, to celebrate with us all year long!


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NATE Technical Committee Reviews AC Exam
NATE continues to ensure that its exams meet the highest standard of quality, with questions that are clear, relevant to the industry and set at the appropriate skill level. The NATE technical committee – comprised of experts in education, manufacturing, distribution and contracting – met on April 12th and 13th at the company headquarters in Arlington, VA, to review the Air Conditioning Service exam. Updated questions will be incorporated into a new exam form to be implemented this fall.


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Contractors, Enjoy Free Advertising with NATE!
Ready to take your business to the next level? Register to become a member of the NATE Consumer Contractor Connection (C3) program today! The NATE C3 program allows you to gain access to new customers seeking NATE-certified technicians and your company benefits from association with the leading certification organization in the HVACR industry. Whether you are a one-person shop or have NATE-certified technicians in multiple locations, a free listing on our website puts you in touch with more than 5,000 visits monthly. To qualify, a contractor must have at least 25 percent of its eligible service and installation technicians NATE-certified. Visit http://www.natex.org/site/395/Contractors/Consumer-Connection-C3 to find out more about the program today!


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Pay Recertification Fees Online
Pay Recertification Fees Online Why let the time and money spent on earning your certification go to waste? Technicians seeking NATE recertification who already have a minimum of S – 16 Continuing Education Hours (CEH) reported to NATE can pay recertification fees online at https://store.natex.org/technician-recertification. If needed, technicians can confirm CEH’s reported to NATE by logging in at www.mynate.org or calling 877-420-6283.
Technicians:
NATE testing organizations NATE training locations NATE recertification information

Contractors:
Post a job Sign up for the free NATE contractor locator as featured on hvacradvice.com Download Marketing Materials

NATE Supports the AHR EXPO

It is the largest event that brings together all facets
of HVACR industry under one roof for three exciting days.

The NEWS
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March 2017:
Commemorating NATE, and Two New Exams to Grow Your Workforce

In the March issue of the NATE advantage, we commemorate the 20th anniversary of NATE, look at two new exams to help technicians, and learn where to pay recertification fees online. In addition, new PowerPoint instructor CDs are for sale, and we provide a link to a recent Distribution Center story.  
It’s Time to #CelebrateWithNATE 20 Years of Certification
This year, we commemorate the 20th anniversary of North American Technician Excellence (NATE). Stay tuned to www.natex.org/celebratewithnate and social media (#CelebrateWithNATE) for information on celebration activities.
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New Exams to Help Grow Your Workforce
It has been estimated that 115,000 new HVACR workers will need to be trained by 2022 to fill jobs due to industry growth and retirements. NATE’s two new exams, the Ready-To-Work certificate, and the HVACR Support Technician certificate, are designed to help technicians build strong careers and contractors build a stronger HVACR workforce. Visit http://www.natex.org/site/431/Contractors/Technician-Development to learn more.
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Pay Recertification Fees Online
Why let the time and money spent on earning your certification go to waste? Technicians seeking NATE recertification who already have a minimum of 16 Continuing Education Hours (CEH) reported to NATE can pay recertification fees online at https://store.natex.org/technician-recertification. If needed, technicians can confirm CEH reported to NATE by logging in at www.mynate.org or calling 877-420-6283.
New PowerPoint Instructor CDs for Sale
Are you an instructor or NATE proctor? Then visit the NATE Online Store to order training materials, including the new NATE PowerPoint Instructor CD series. This CD series is for HVACR-industry instructors as they help individuals ready themselves to take the NATE series of exams. CDs are available for the Core, Air Conditioning, Heat Pump, Gas Heating, Oil Heating, Air Distribution and Hydronics NATE certifications exams. For more information and to order, visit https://store.natex.org/training
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The NATE Advantage – February 2017

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February 2017:
Celebrate 20 Years of NATE Certification, Recognize Certifiers

In the February issue of the NATE advantage, we celebrate 20 years of NATE certification, recognize NATE certifiers at the annual HARDI Conference, and NATE serves as Bronze sponsor of the 2017 IGSHPA Technical Conference and Expo. Plus, the NATE Board of Trustees has announced its roster for 2016-2017.  
It’s Time to #CelebrateWithNATE 20 Years of Certification
This year marks the 20th anniversary of North American Technician Excellence (NATE). Visit www.natex.org/celebratewithnate for information on celebration activities, including National NATE Testing Week, March 6-11 and a special anniversary sale at the NATE online store!

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National NATE Testing Week, March 6-11
Thinking of testing in March? Over 100 NATE approved testing providers have signed up to host testing for interested technicians during our first ever National NATE Testing Week, in honor of NATE’s 20th anniversary. Click here to see if there’s a testing site near you.
NATE Board of Trustees Announces Membership
The North American Technician Excellence (NATE) Board of Trustees has announced its roster for 2016-2017, including a new chairman and new and replacement members elected to serve for the new term.

The NATE Board of Trustees named David McIlwaine, president, CEO and founder of HVAC Distributors in Mount Joy, PA as the 2016-2017 Chairman of the Board. McIlwaine earned an MBA from Drexel University and served on several community and industry boards and committees, including Assets Lancaster, Associated Builders and Contractors, HARDI, and the Boy Scouts of America. He has been honored with various awards including the Small Business Person of the Year by the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Boy Scouts of America Leadership Award.

Wade Mayfield, President of Thermal Services, Inc. of Omaha, NE will now assume the role of Immediate Past Chairman, after serving for two consecutive terms as Chairman of the Board.

See a complete board listing at http://natex.org/site/390/About-Us/Board

NATE Recognizes NATE Certifiers at HARDI Conference
At the 2016 Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) Annual Conference in Colorado Springs, NATE recognized nine HARDI member companies for their outstanding efforts to promote NATE technician certification in the HVACR industry. The 2016 awardees will receive large banner signs, which they can display in their locations to recognize their accomplishments, while also driving interest in NATE technician certification among their customers. In addition, each will receive a cash prize to be used to celebrate with their staff.
Click here to view the list of awardees.
NATE Serves as Bronze Sponsor of 2017 IGSHPA Technical Conference and Expo
DIG IN to the ground-source heat pump industry at the 2017 IGSHPA Conference and Expo March 14-16 in Denver, Colorado, at the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport Convention Center. With a new start day, expanded breakout session slots, and dedicated expo hours, the IGSHPA Conference and Expo provides attendees with the tools and information needed to take their business to the next level. Conference sponsors are platinum sponsor WaterFurnace International, silver sponsor EarthLinked Technologies Inc., and bronze sponsors AWEB Supply, Geo Excel, and North American Technician Excellence. For more information about the 2017 IGSHPA Conference and Expo, contact Erin Portman at erin@igshpa.org or register at www.igshpaconference.com.
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Technicians:
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Contractors:
Post a job Sign up for the free NATE contractor locator as featured on hvacradvice.com Download Marketing Materials

NATE Supports the AHR EXPO

It is the largest event that brings together all facets
of HVACR industry under one roof for three exciting days.

The NEWS
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