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September 2013: Back to School with NATE

It’s September and time for the nation to head back to school. Kids and college students aren’t the only ones packing book bags. Adults across the nation are headed to training programs, seminars, night schools, and other educational opportunities. They are looking to advance their positions, change careers, or like many NATE technicians, keep their certifications current.

Back To SchoolIn This Issue…

  • Meet John Lanier
  • Submitting and Tracking Courses
  • NATE Road Trip
  • The NATE Edge eBook
  • Entrance Exams Need Proctors
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Meet John Lanier

John LanierJohn Lanier is the new guy on the NATE campus and as COO he is ready to plan, direct, and coordinate the operations of NATE. He is already well aware of the issues facing NATE and the industry in general, including the looming shortage of qualified HVAC technicians. Lanier said he is ready to hit the ground running as he manages daily operations and executes full responsibility for, and oversight of, all of NATE’s programs.

“We plan to increase our outreach to training organizations and employers to help more technicians find the training they need to enter the industry, seek and maintain certification, and become more marketable to employers,” said Lanier. “NATE has begun to administer the Industry Competency Exams, or ICE exams, to measure basic competency and certification for entry-level technicians with one year or less of experience. We see a great opportunity here to help define a career path for technicians from ICE certification to NATE certification and beyond for those interested in HVACR.”

Lanier will report to Stephen Yurek, Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), president.

“We are very pleased to have someone with John’s experience and drive taking the reins at NATE,” said Yurek. “I know that our member companies and others in our industry are eager to work with John to ensure growth and progress at NATE at a critical juncture in its history.”

Prior to joining the NATE team, Lanier has gained valuable experience in operations, sales, member benefits, human resources, and information technology throughout his career.

“I am excited to have John on board and am looking forward to working with him,” said Don Frendberg, NATE chairman.
Other goals, Lanier said, include making NATE testing and certification more accessible as well as increasing consumer awareness.

“We must continue to work to advance NATE’s position to the HVACR industry and consumers by ensuring the certification program is relevant and accessible, increasing industry and consumer awareness of the benefits of NATE-certified technicians, and advocating for NATE with relevant government agencies,” he explained. “I look forward to working with our team here at NATE as we execute an effective plan to serve the HVACR industry and homeowners.”

Listen here to learn more from John Lanier in this exclusive podcast.

Submitting and Tracking Courses

Some of the hardest parts of college were picking the proper classes that fit your schedule and degree, as well as filling out the correct forms for registration and billing. NATE technicians sometimes struggle to find classes that both fit their schedule and apply towards their recertification. To help, NATE continues to partner with new facilities and organizations to offer NATE-recognized training. It also provides a form for those who attend non-NATE-recognized courses to stay current with industry trends.

According to NATE, “If these courses apply to your specialty, are technical in nature, and taken within time you were certified, you may submit these courses for consideration on your recertification application.

“To receive credit for these courses, NATE requires you to provide a Certificate of Attendance from the training provider, including your name, class hours, contact information and course description with your application,” said the organization. “If a standard Certificate of Attendance is not provided, NATE has created a NATE Continuing Education Hours Form for you to take with you for the training provider to complete and sign for you to submit for recertification.”

Once the forms are filled out and accepted, it is the responsibility of the technician to submit these hours to NATE.

To help you keep your NATE certification current:

  • Check the expiration date
  • Logon to MyNATE
  • Complete 60 continuing education hours
  • Check credit eligibility, and
  • Submit recertification application.
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NATE Road Trip!

Members of the NATE staff are taking it on the road and would like to meet you. Stop by one of these locations to discuss NATE certification or just to say “hello.”

The NATE Edge eBook

The NATE Edge eBookA myriad of issues face NATE in its pursuit of certifying technicians — though more than 32,000 hold NATE certifications. NATE is more about helping the HVACR industry to develop competent technicians. There is a gap between the number of qualified techs and the number of jobs that will need to be filled. The efforts of technicians, contractors, distributors, and manufacturers to address this widening gap through their support of NATE, are evident in this eBook.

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Entrance Exams Need Proctors

ICE LogoNot just anyone can decide to be a doctor or a teacher. Colleges require entrance exams to gauge proficiency and aptitude for a specific line of work. Consider ICE the HVAC technician’s entrance exam. Formerly known as the ARI/GAMA Competency Exams, NATE now administers the Industry Competency Exams (ICE), which measures industry-agreed standards of basic competency for entry-level (one year or less) technicians. Increased participation at schools is trending as more than 300 schools nationwide require student participation in at least one of the ICE categories to graduate.
HVAC contractors and distributors can support the future of the HVACR industry and reach new students first by becoming an ICE Chief Examiner.

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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.

Summer GrillIn 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
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ICE LogoBe 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.

  1. Check the expiration date — Be sure to check your NATE Certificate or wallet card for your certification’s expiration date.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

NATE Patch“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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March 2013: Spring Training
Major League Baseball Spring Training is well underway and the pros are in the field preparing for a shot at the 2013 World Series championship. Much like the pro baseball players, NATE technicians across the nation are gearing up for the approaching summer season. Fingers crossed it will be a hot one, but no matter the temperature, certified and trained technicians should be in demand.

In this issue, find out what will help you be a better player in the HVAC industry. Take a minute to read about what’s shakin’ in HVAC equipment. Then grab your calendar and start working on your spring training session lineup.

Spring TrainingIn This Issue…

  • What’s Shakin’ with the HVAC System?
  • Spring Training Highlights
  • Cactus League or Grapefruit League?
  • NATE on the Road
  • Regular Season Fitness
  • Bragging Rights

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What’s Shakin’ with the HVAC System?
Technician performing a vibration test.Although not the Harlem Shake, system vibrations can cause problems with components and operation. Ron Auvil knows this all too well. To help detect and mitigate system vibrations, Auvil uses a vibration tester. With this tool he is able to measure and analyze the vibration in pumps, motors, compressors, and other HVAC equipment. The tool provides both diagnoses and recommendations for required action on the spot, but how well does it work in real-world applications?
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Spring Training Highlights — Oil Hydronics
Pack your bags and head to Hershey, Pa. The NATE Oil Hydronics review and certification testing will be available on Tues., May 21 at the National Association of Oil and Energy Service Professionals 2013 Convention and Trade Show. Click here for more information.

Cactus League or Grapefruit League?
Baseball spring training falls into two camps based on their locations. The Cactus League makes its home in Arizona and the Grapefruit League makes its home in Florida.

Just like the two leagues, when it comes to NATE recertification there are only two ways to go about it.

  1. Provide proof of 60+ hours of training in your specialty. There are nearly 1,000 training locations nationwide, including many offering courses online. If you are taking courses on your own to keep up on the latest equipment and enhance your skills in the field and are ready to recertify, simply submit the technician application for recertification form or visit www.natex.org/train to see which courses can count towards your goal.
  2. Retake the specialty tests. Simply contact any NATE testing organization to retake your test. There is no special exam for recertification, and you do not have to re-take a CORE test unless you let your certification lapse. To find the closest testing organization near year, visit www.natex.org/test.

It’s never too early or too late to make plans to maintain your current certification. Visit MyNATE to view your current CE hours and to update your information. Or contact NATE at 877-420-6283 or recertify@natex.org and we’ll be happy to help.

NATE on the Road
Members of the NATE staff are taking it to the road and they would like to meet you. Stop by one of these locations to discuss NATE certification or just say “hello.”

Regular Season Fitness
MyNATE

Keeping your NATE certification in shape is as easy as visiting MyNate. This portal is designed to help technicians check the status of their certification or CE hours. Available 24/7, simply log on and enter your username and password.
If it is your first time logging in, click on “Candidates” and use the same NATE ID and pin from your NATE test to create your record.

For assistance, call 877-420-6283 or email recertify@natex.org.

BrochureBragging Rights
Contractors know how hard technicians have worked to earn NATE certifications and now it’s time to help them do some bragging. NATE has developed new marketing materials that are available online to help contractors leverage NATE certification as a point of differentiation among competitors and communicate the benefits to customers.

Materials include a new customizable consumer brochure, a one-page leave-behind document, and new online assets for contractors to use on contractor websites.

These materials are currently available at MyNATE. Login and follow the instructions to access the files of your choice.

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NATE Awards Charles “Chuck” White
with Golden Toolbox Award

Charles "Chuck" WhiteCongratulations are in order for Charles “Chuck” White, vice president of technical and code services for PHCC and president of Repairs Inc. NATE awarded White the seventh annual Golden Toolbox Award.

“This award is a tremendous honor, and I take great pride in receiving this recognition from NATE,” said White. “My goal is to use my experience to help maintain the integrity of this industry, and I support NATE certification because it provides an ideal platform for verifying the knowledge and expertise of HVAC/R technicians.”
Presented at Mechanical Systems Week in Schaumburg, Ill., the award recognizes an industry professional who demonstrates outstanding service, support, and advocacy for technician certification.

Golden Toolbox WinnerWhite, who began his career as a technician in 1978, has extensive industry experience. He is NATE-certified in three service categories and three installation categories, and he has been an active member of NATE’s Technical Committee since 2002.

“We’re thrilled to present Chuck White with this year’s Golden Toolbox Award,” said Don Frendberg, chairman of the NATE board of directors. “He has demonstrated his dedication to the NATE mission of promoting industry excellence through his own certification achievements and his work to uphold the high standards of NATE testing as part of the Technical Committee.”

For more information about NATE certification, visit www.natex.org.

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Top Techs Honored

NATE Honors TechsNATE honored three technicians at this year’s Mechanical Systems Week in Schaumburg, Ill. The featured technicians were selected based on their commitment to excellence through NATE certification.

The following technicians were spotlighted at the NATE booth during the show:

Jevaris Pettis of Midwest Technical Institute is certified in six NATE specialties. As an HVAC/Major Appliance Repair lead instructor, he shares his extensive industry experience with his students and inspires them to strive for NATE certification. He also owns and operates J.L.P.’s Heating and Cooling and Major Appliance Repair Services.

NATE Honors TechsPhil Parker of Hawthorn Heating and Air Conditioning is a senior service technician who has been NATE-certified for nine years. He holds two certifications and values the opportunity to showcase his skills and knowledge through NATE certification.

Terry Maney of Tradewinds Heating and Air Conditioning is a field service supervisor with NATE certification in two specialties. He maintains his certification to prove that he is up-to-date on the latest industry advancements and competent in offering his customers the highest level of service.

In addition to being honored by NATE, these three industry professionals also received an anodized aluminum manifold with hoses from CPS Products, a manufacturer of tools and test equipment used in the HVACR industry.

G.W. Berkheimer, which partnered with NATE to offer testing during Mechanical Systems Week, also had representation at the NATE booth. Troy Rybicki, who is manager of technical training and NATE-certified in multiple specialties, and Robert Turman, branch manager of the McHenry, Illinois, location, both helped to represent NATE at the show.

“It was an honor to recognize these three outstanding technicians,” said Dana Anaman, manager of Marketing and Communications for NATE. “Each and every one of them has clearly demonstrated their understanding of the importance of elevating the industry through NATE certification, and we sincerely appreciate their commitment to excellence.”

Information Please

Are you working your way through NATE resources and information? We’ve made it easier for you to quickly access just the information you need.

  • Training Locations helps you find the closest training location available for both the United States and Canada.
  • NATE Study Materials help you get ready for test day.
  • HVACR Resources give you quick access to trade publications and news and events that affect your profession.
  • NATE Forms and Documents provide all official applications and handbooks to take or administer testing and training, including information on Veteran’s Assistances and Americans with Disabilities, as well as the NATE Logo request form.
HARDI Members Honored
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HARDI AwardsAt the 2012 Heating, Air-conditioning, and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) Annual Conference, four NATE awards were given to HARDI members, recognizing the outstanding efforts of HARDI distributors in promoting technician certification and the advancement of the HVACR industry.

The 2012 Top Certifier of NATE technicians went to Mingledorff’s Inc. and was accepted by Mingledorff’s President, Bud Mingledorff. The company was honored with this award for being the HARDI distributor who certified the most technicians since last year’s HARDI conference.

HARDI Awards“In the past, the awards recognized our partners’ efforts by the number of exams given by the respective organizations. This year it was changed to reflect the number of technicians actually certified, which is more realistic since many technicians hold multiple certifications,” said Don Frendberg, NATE chairman.

HARDI’s 2012 Single Location Top Certifier of NATE technicians went to Johnstone Supply in Denver, for being the member location certifying the most technicians, with 138 people certified. The award was accepted by Johnstone Supply President, Rick Hull.
Virginia Air Distributors, with 57 technicians certified, received the award for being the HARDI distributor with the most improvement in the number of technician certifications in the past year.

The 2012 Rising Star Award was given to S. G. Torrice Co., the HARDI distributor with the greatest improvement in technician certifications in the past year.

“The awards are presented in the form of banners, which the recipients can hang in their businesses and won’t only be for recognizing their accomplishments, the banners further drive interest of their customers in technician certification,” said Frendberg.

Discount, Discount, Discount

NATE 15 YearsThe 15th anniversary party is still rocking and there is still time to celebrate and get 15 percent off of all NATE merchandise including apparel, hats, chevrons, patches, decals, and accessories through Dec. 31, 2012.

“Over the past 15 years, NATE has been committed to elevating the industry by certifying technician excellence,” said Don Frendberg, chairman of the NATE board of directors. “NATE is the only certification organization developed and supported by the entire HVACR industry, and our ongoing efforts will ensure continual quality service and installation.”

To purchase discounted NATE merchandise, visit the NATE Store and use the promo code “15ANN.”

Make Your NATE Certification Work for You

NATE Tip #1: Track Your Progress

NATE would like to help you assess your certification progress and get you complete and up-to-date. Take the survey and then let NATE know what they can do to help.
For more information, contact DAnaman@natex.org.

NATE Tip #2: Brag About Your Success

You’ve done the hard work to become NATE certified and now it is time to let your customers know. Head to www.natex.org and click on the “Partners & Testing” tab at the top. Move down the list and click on “Resource Center.” There you will find nine resources and a downloadable video to help you professionally brag on the NATE certifications that set you apart from the competition. New marketing materials will be added. Be sure to check back often!

NATE Tip #3: Keep in Touch

It is important to keep all of your personal information current with NATE including your email, home address, and employer information. If you don’t update your employer information when you switch jobs, you can’t be approved for the consumer contractor technician listing.
To update your information, log on to www.natetesting.com, click “Candidates” and use your NATE ID and PIN or log in with your MyNATE username and password.

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NATE Celebrates 15 Years, You Get a Discount

NATE 15 YearsNorth American Technician Excellence (NATE) is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2012 by offering 15 percent off of all NATE merchandise including apparel, hats, chevrons, patches, decals, and accessories through Dec. 31, 2012.

As the nation’s largest industry-endorsed, non-profit certification organization for HVACR technicians, NATE reports an ever-increasing number of industry professionals recognizing the value of its certification. Currently, nearly 30,000 technicians hold an active NATE certification, with 20 percent of these technicians holding multiple certifications. According to the certification organization, NATE was created by the HVACR industry and has thrived as a result of ongoing support from all areas of the industry including manufacturers, distributors, contractors, technicians, educators, and utilities.

“Over the past 15 years, NATE has been committed to elevating the industry by certifying technician excellence,” said Don Frendberg, chairman of the NATE Board of Trustees. “NATE is the only certification organization developed and supported by the entire HVACR industry, and our ongoing efforts will ensure continual quality service and installation.”

To purchase discounted NATE merchandise, visit the NATE Store and use the promo code “15ANN.”


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NATE Tip #1: Make it Official

NATE would like your feedback on certification and recertification. Take the survey and then let NATE know what they can do to help.

For more information, contact DAnaman@natex.org.

“Today” Show Segment Drives
Consumers to Certification

Today ShowLooking for a new way to advertise your NATE certification to the consumer? With a little help from NBC, consumer awareness of NATE certification continues to grow. A “Today” Show segment contributed to the ever-increasing numbers of homeowners who understand the importance of working with NATE-certified technicians.

The feature, which aired in July, focused on the competency and honesty of a/c technicians. Using a hidden camera to monitor the servicing of an a/c unit at a New Jersey residence, Jeff Rossen of NBC’s Rossen Reports assessed several area companies. Although the a/c system was fully functional with the exception of a simple broken wire, all six companies that inspected the unit attempted to charge the homeowner for unnecessary repairs.

While the findings of the hidden camera test are disturbing for the HVACR industry, the segment and corresponding article encouraged homeowners to hire one of the country’s countless trustworthy a/c companies. One of the key suggestions for finding a trained and competent professional was to use the contractor locator on NATE’s consumer website.

“Although the subject matter of this segment is alarming, this issue is the background for why NATE exists – to verify the competency and conduct of NATE-certified technicians and consequently the air conditioning contractors who employ them,” explained Don Frendberg, chairman of the NATE Board of Trustees. “As we continue our consumer awareness efforts, which are designed to help elevate the industry, we hope to educate as many homeowners as we can about the importance of working with qualified contractors who employ NATE-certified technicians.”

Watch the segment here.

NATE Tip #2: Tell on Yourself

You’ve done the hard work to become NATE certified and now it is time to let your customers know. Head to www.natex.org and click on the “Resource Center” tab at the top. Move down the list and click on “Marketing Materials.” There you will find eight resources and a downloadable video to help you professionally brag on the NATE certifications that set you apart from the competition. New marketing materials will be added in the coming months as well. Be sure to check back often!

Denny Smith to Direct Certification

Denny Smith, Ph.D., is the new director of certification at NATE. Selected by the board of trustees and a selection committee, Smith will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of NATE testing and certification. His primary responsibility will be leading the evaluation, development, and modification of NATE exams, ensuring they are always valid, reliable, and up-to-date as the industry evolves and technology changes. As part of this role, Smith will be NATE’s staff liaison on the NATE technical committee, which is comprised of more than 20 appointed industry professionals and over 70 subject matter experts who volunteer their time to collaborate on the exam development process.

Prior to joining the NATE team, Smith served as president and CEO of Certified Fund Raising Executives International, an organization dedicated to the certification of international fundraising executives. He also held previous roles at Pearson, the largest testing and assessment provider in the United States; the Financial Planning Standards Board, an association focused on certification of financial planners worldwide; and Project Management Institute, which offers global certification for project managers. Throughout his career, Smith has gained extensive expertise in ANSI/ISO/IEC assessment practices, exam development, psychometric analysis, volunteer engagement, and certification from a global perspective.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Denny as our new director of certification,” said the NATE Board of Trustees. “His experience makes him an ideal candidate for this position, and we’re confident that he will be a valuable addition to the NATE team.”

For more information, visit www.natex.org.

NATE Tip #3: Keep it Real

It is important to keep all of your personal information current with NATE including your email, home address, and employer information. This is how we stay in contact, and inform you of new information pertaining to NATE. If you don’t update your employer information when you switch jobs, you can’t be approved for the consumer contractor technician listing. The NATE certification belongs to you, so make sure you update your information to take full advantage of it.

To update your information, log on to www.natetesting.com, click “Candidates” and use your NATE ID and PIN or log in with your MyNATE username and password.

NATE Tip #4: Keep Training

NATE DecalsIt’s important to keep your NATE certification up to date and to continue working towards new certifications. To help, NATE recently offered "Testing Center" and "Training Center" decals to all of its partners. The organization is encouraging contractors and technicians to keep an eye out for the NATE decals to find testing and training organizations in their areas.

"Our goal is to help connect interested contractors and technicians with NATE-affiliated organizations," said NATE.

Make sure you look for an organization displaying the decal today!

AHR Expo

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.

www.ahrexpo.com

Links

Technicians
To find a NATE testing organization
 
To find NATE training resources
 
Information on NATE recertification
 
Contractors
To sign up for the free NATE contractor locator as featured on
www.hvacradvice.com click here
 
To update your listing (recommended at least twice a year) click here
 
To visit the NATE consumer web site http://www.hvacradvice.com

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NATE News: Consumer Outreach Campaign Enhanced

Outreach CampaignNATE is continuing its efforts to educate homeowners about the importance of selecting contractors who hire NATE-certified technicians. Initially launched in 2011, this consumer awareness campaign primarily focuses on educating consumers about NATE through national network radio advertisements, which are currently underway on a mix of news, sports, and entertainment programs. In addition to these radio spots, NATE is also partnering with industry manufacturers who are including NATE in their own ads to help spread the word about the quality assurance offered by NATE certification.

The ad campaign continues in 2012 as ads are strategically scheduled to air during the spring and fall, reaching homeowners when they are beginning to think about preparing their air conditioning and heating systems, respectively. The message of the radio spots explains that NATE certification offers consumer protection and peace-of-mind, driving listeners to the NATE consumer website (www.hvacradvice.com) to find a qualified contractor in their area.

What’s in it for YOU?

In addition to its increased consumer awareness efforts, NATE is also implementing a variety of other marketing initiatives in 2012. For example, NATE is introducing an expanded offering of marketing materials for contractors and other partners to help them promote their affiliation with NATE. From a brochure about the benefits of working with NATE-certified technicians that contractors can leave with prospective customers, to radio ads and online materials that qualified contractors can utilize to highlight their NATE-certified technicians, NATE is providing a wealth of new tools and resources for its contractor partners. In addition, NATE is also offering new marketing materials for its testing and training facilities. The development of new advertisements for use in industry publications will also help to increase awareness and interest in NATE certification among HVACR professionals.

For more information and updates on the availability of these materials, visit www.natex.org.


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NATE News:
NATE Certification Included in BPI Criteria

The Building Performance Institute (BPI) is now accepting NATE certification as one of its eligibility options for accreditation of HVAC contractors. NATE is one of two independent certifications included in the eligibility criteria for HVAC contractors pursuing BPI Accredited Contractor status. In addition to NATE certification in either Oil or Gas specialties, BPI also recognizes independent certification through the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA).

As the nation’s largest non-profit certification organization for HVACR practices, NATE certification was further elevated in 2011 upon being recognized with the prestigious ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation. Also setting it apart from other industry organizations, NATE certification applies only to HVACR technicians, with nearly 30,000 technicians nationwide holding an active NATE certification today. BPI’s accreditation of HVAC contractors requires that they employ at least one technician with either NATE or NORA certification, as well as BPI Building Analyst certification.

According to Ray Isaac, president of Isaac Heating and Air Conditioning in Rochester, New York, “This update to BPI’s accreditation program ensures that all accredited contractors have technicians on staff who are trained to get the job done right. NATE certification is one clear way to demonstrate a technician’s ability to perform at the industry’s highest standards.”

For more information, visit www.natex.org.

WHVACR Annual Conference Approaching

WHVACRWomen in HVACR will host their ninth annual conference – “Navigating Change” – in Schaumburg, Ill., at the Schaumburg Convention Center, Sept. 18-19 in conjunction with Comfortech & Mechanical Systems Week 2012.

The conference kicks off with a luau reception featuring Polynesian musicians and hula dancers on Tuesday night, Sept. 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. The reception is followed on Wednesday, Sept. 19, by a full day of workshops and educational sessions presented by industry leaders.

Some featured speakers include Polly Craighill, first woman Sr. Legislative Counselor, U.S. Senate; Blaine Fox, vice president of business development for Warm Thoughts Communications; and financier Sandy Bluestine. They will discuss the topics of navigating changes in the marketplace, how to take five positive steps to change, and Bluestine will share tips for how to, “Get your cheeseburger in paradise.”

More speakers and topics are being added to the agenda.

Join Women in HVACR for this exciting event as you reconnect with old friends and network with other women leaders in the industry.

Registration is open online at www.womeninhvacr.org.

Are You NATE Certified?

It’s time to take inventory of your NATE certification. Have you just started the process, are in you in need of recertification? NATE would like to help you assess your progress and get you complete and up-to-date. Take the survey and then let NATE know what they can do to help.

Contact us at DAnaman@natex.org and let us know what we can do to help. We will answer your questions about initial certification, recertification, and anything else that might have you considering NATE certification.

NATE Tip: Website Navigation

Here’s a hot tip to help you find exactly what you are looking for on www.natex.org. Check out the search box in the upper right hand corner. Type in the topic you want to know more about and click “Submit.”

You will be directly linked to a page of information on the topic of your choice. If you don’t find it the first time, try using a broader search term.

Update Your NATE

How important is it to keep up to date with NATE? Very! It is important to keep all of your personal information current with NATE including your email, home address, and employer information. This is how we stay in contact and inform you of new information pertaining to NATE such as test results, renewal notifications, and e-newsletters like the NATE Advantage. If your email isn’t up to date, how will you receive this information?

And, if you don’t update your employer information when you switch jobs, we can’t approve you for the consumer contractor technician listing. The NATE certification belongs to you, so make sure you update your information to take full advantage of it.

To update your information, log on to www.natetesting.com, click “Candidates” and use your NATE ID and PIN or log in with your MyNATE username and password.

AHR Expo

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.

www.ahrexpo.com

Links

Technicians
To find a NATE testing organization
 
To find NATE training resources
 
Information on NATE recertification
 
Contractors
To sign up for the free NATE contractor locator as featured on
www.hvacradvice.com click here
 
To update your listing (recommended at least twice a year) click here
 
To visit the NATE consumer web site http://www.hvacradvice.com

NORTH AMERICAN TECHNICIAN EXCELLENCE
www.natex.org
2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 510 ¥ Arlington, VA 22201
877-420-NATE or 877-420-6283 toll free ¥ 703-276-7247 phone ¥ 703-527-2316 fax

To sign up to receive The NATE Advantage e-newsletter, please click here.

THE AIR CONDITIONING, HEATING & REFRIGERATION NEWS
www.achrnews.com
2401 W. Big Beaver Rd., Suite 700 ¥ Troy, MI 48084 ¥ 248-362-3700 phone

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