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NORTH AMERICAN TECHNICIAN EXCELLENCE
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June 2013: Summer of Success
Summer is here and with meteorologists predicting it to be a hot one; contractors are going to be busy. Despite being busy, it is important not to forget about grabbing those continuing education hours, taking the exam for the first time, keeping up on your recertification, or becoming an ICE Chief Examiner. There are special opportunities for those involved with NATE. Don’t let the summer busy season put you behind on your education. Make sure 2013 is a summer of success.
In This IssueÉ
Be Cool with ICE
5 Steps to NATE Recertification
3 Steps to Test Success
NATE on the Road
Senior HVAC Efficiency Analyst
Visit the NATE Store
Advertisement Earn NATE CE Hours Right from Your Computer
At NORDYNE University, you can work towards your furnace and air conditioning recertification through our NATE-recognized courses. Best of all, the training videos are available when you are. Just look for the NATE logo on our paid training pages to identify our NATE classes. www.nordyneu.com/NATE
Be Cool with ICE
HVACR industry organizations can be cool this summer by becoming an ICE Chief Examiner. Formerly known as the ARI/GAMA Competency Exams, NATE has taken on the Industry Competency Exams (ICE), which measures industry-agreed standards of basic competency for entry-level (one year or less) technicians. More than 300 schools nationwide require student participation in at least one of the ICE categories to graduate. Students may earn certifications in residential heating, residential air conditioning, commercial refrigeration and/or light commercial air conditioning and heating.
Your organization can reach these new students and support the future of the HVACR industry by becoming an ICE Chief Examiner. For more information and to apply, click here.
5 Steps to NATE Recertification: Don’t Let Summer Be a Bummer
We know that summer time is a busy time in the HVACR industry. But it only takes a few simple steps to ensure your NATE certification doesn’t lapse before the end of the year.
Check the expiration date — Be sure to check your NATE Certificate or wallet card for your certification’s expiration date.
Logon to MyNATE — Make it a habit to periodically logon to MyNATE with your username and password. While there, make sure your employer and home contact information is current and check the status of your continuing education hours (CEH). If you need to create a username and password for MyNATE, contact us to confirm your NATE ID and pin number.
Complete 60 CEHs — Remember, you need to complete 60 CEH to recertify. If you need more course hours, check the schedules of the recognized training providers found at www.natex.org/train. Many of the HVACR dealers, manufacturers, and local training centers where you typically train are often included in this list. These training providers will notify NATE of your attendance, but keep a copy of your attendance certificate for your own records.
Check credit eligibility — You may be eligible for CEH credit for other courses you’ve taken that are technical in nature, relevant to your specialty, and taken within the time you were certified. Courses on topics like OSHA or other safety, electrical, code or standards, controls, and airflow courses can be used to receive credit hours for multiple specialties. You must submit a certificate of attendance to NATE or use the NATE Continuing Education Hours Attendance form to receive credit for the course.
Submit recertification application — Once you’ve earned 60 hours, simply submit an application for certification and any certificates from non-recognized courses.
As always, you can recertify by retaking your specialty exam before your certification lapses. As you did before, contact a testing organization from www.natex.org/test to schedule your testing. (Be sure to take your NATE ID number or your MyNATE username and password with you to the test). When you pass your NATE specialty exam, you will be recertified for another full certification period.
Remember, as long as your certification has not expired, you do not have to retake the Core exam.
3 Steps for Test Success
Don’t let test anxiety scare you away from NATE certification. We have many resources for you to use in preparing for each and every test we offer. Whether you choose to take the test online or with paper and a pencil, here are three simple steps to get you prepared and keep test anxiety at bay.
Review with KATEs — The Knowledge Areas of Technician Expertise, better known as KATEs, is one of the best teachers available. Each KATE contains a detailed list of references that enable you to cross-reference information with the index of any HVAC or HVACR reference book to locate the correct information to study. No question will be on a NATE test unless it is referenced in a KATE.
Attend a Class — Looking for more than an in depth study guide? Attending a NATE-recognized training class could be your answer. While not hosted by NATE, these classes meet the standards of our KATEs materials and may serve as good educational supplements.
Take the Test — Don’t let all your hard work and preparation go to waste. Be sure to register on time and mark the date down in your calendar. Get a good night’s sleep and of course, eat a good breakfast. And don’t worry if you dream about all your pencils breaking, just bring a handful of them or better yet, take the test online.
What Are Your Future Plans?
Become a Senior HVAC Efficiency Analyst “North American Technician Excellence (NATE) believes that there is a great opportunity for HVACR contractors to further promote energy efficiency by adding home-performance services to their businesses,” said Valerie Briggs, director of marketing and business development, NATE.The organization offers a senior level HVAC efficiency analyst certification.
“It tests a technician’s knowledge of the installation, service, maintenance, and repair of HVACR system operations (10 tons or less of air conditioning and 325,000 Btu or less heating capacity) to maintain high levels of energy efficiency,” Briggs said. “While all NATE’s specialty exams cover the basics of system performance and energy efficiency, NATE’s senior level efficiency analyst is dedicated to it.”
The test measures what 80 percent of HVAC efficiency analyst technicians have an 80 percent likelihood of encountering at least once during the year on a national basis. NATE strongly suggests that examinees have some formal training provided by an employer, a technical school, or other educational institution before taking the test.
And while there are no educational requirements one has to meet prior to taking the exam, the test taker must hold two NATE certifications in the following service specialties in order to qualify for the senior level HVAC efficiency analyst certification:
Air conditioning plus one of the following: air distribution, gas heating, oil heating, hydronics gas, or hydronics oil; or
Air distribution plus one of the following: air conditioning, gas heating, heat pump, oil heating, hydronics gas or hydronics oil; or
Gas heating plus one of the following: air conditioning, air distribution, or heat pump; or
Heat pump plus one of the following: air distribution, gas heating, oil heating, hydronics gas or hydronics oil; or
Oil heating plus one of the following: air conditioning, air distribution, heat pump, hydronics gas or hydronics oil; or
Hydronics gas plus one of the following: air conditioning, air distribution, or heat pump; or
Hydronics oil plus one of the following: air conditioning, air distribution, or heat pump.
“NATE created the senior level HVAC efficiency analyst certification because it saw the growing demand for high efficiency from both consumers and government agencies,” said Briggs. “Technicians needed a way to demonstrate they could install and service high-efficiency systems. NATE created this rigorous exam to certify that knowledge.”
Visit the NATE Store
There’s a lot more than patches in the NATE store and after working so hard to earn your certification you deserve to brag about it. Visit the NATE store online and purchase apparel, decals, accessories, patches, and chevrons. You will find hats, travel cups, lanyards, magnets, and more. Don’t let your efforts go unnoticed. Grab some NATE store swag and let the bragging begin.
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