Welcome to North American Technician Excellence, Inc. The leading non-profit certification program for technicians in the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) industry and the only test supported by the entire industry.


2111 Wilson Blvd. Suite 510Arlington, VA 22201Phone: 703-276-7247Toll Free Phone: 877-420-6283 (NATE)
28 Aug 2018

(StatePoint) Savvy homeowners know that with cool weather, comes a bit of preparation. A quick audit of your heating equipment can mean less wasted energy, a more comfortable home, and lower energy bills.

Nearly half of all heating and cooling equipment in U.S. homes never performs to its advertised capacity and efficiency due to incorrect installation, according to U.S. government estimates. And if you have an older system that was built before current efficiency standards, you could be spending more than needed on heating your home.

If it’s time to replace your system, be sure to have it properly installed by an HVACR professional, certified by North American Technician Excellence (NATE), the nation’s largest nonprofit certification body for HVACR technicians. NATE-certified technicians are skilled professionals who have proven their knowledge in the HVACR industry by passing specialized certification tests.

“The NATE-certified techs who perform the maintenance and repairs do a great job. We never have concern if the job is done right,” says Rob Kirkpatrick a longstanding customer of Thermal Services, a Nebraska-based contractor.

Beyond having an efficient heating system properly installed, you can prepare for the season in the following ways:

  • Clean heating filters. Check them every couple of weeks and change them at least twice in the season, or as directed by the manufacturer.
  • Check and maintain insulation. Improperly insulated walls, floors, attics, basements, and crawlspaces drain away heat and can also lead to moisture imbalance. Adding weather stripping and caulk around windows and doors can also improve a home’s insulation.
  • Turn down the thermostat or install a programmable thermostat to regulate temperature.
  • Clean the furnace area. Don’t keep chemicals or cleaning products near a heater, and don’t store anything next to it that could impede ventilation.
  • Free all vents and returns of obstructions. Don’t lay carpet over vents, place furniture over or in front of them, or obstruct the flow of air.
  • Dry air feels cooler than moist air, so install a humidifier. A simple humidifier may make the home feel five degrees warmer than a home with dry air.
  • Look into geothermal heating systems which use earth’s natural heat and are among the most efficient and energy-conserving heating and cooling technologies currently available.
  • For optimal performance of your HVAC system, get an annual maintenance plan which includes both heating and cooling maintenance. But take care to avoid poor service and scams. To find a qualified local contractor who employs certified HVACR professionals, look for the NATE logo or go to www.natex.org.

By incorporating a few energy-friendly habits into your routine and by making sure your heating system is operating optimally this season, you can keep utility bills low while maintaining a cozy, comfortable home.

18 Jul 2018
With busy season around the corner, NATE is urging our HVACR business managers and certified technicians to ensure that their NATE profile information, certifications and continuing education documents are up-to-date in myNATE. Consumer Contractor Connection (C3) program members should pay particular attention to their roster of NATE-certified technicians, primary contact information, phone numbers and addresses listed on the NATE website.

Registering to become a member of the C3 allows contractors to earn free customer leads through NATE’s Contractor Locator. Potential customers should have access to current business information. As a C3 program member, managers also have the ability to view and update technicians’ certification records. HVCAR contractors with NATE-certified technicians comprising at least 25 percent of their staff are encouraged to apply for the free C3 program. Please email asknate@natex.org for more information.

18 Jul 2018
NATE and the Clifford H. “Ted” Rees Jr. Scholarship Foundation (REES) are partnering to set HVACR students on a clear path to career success. The partnership will allow all Rees Scholarship recipients to receive a NATE Ready-to-Work test and downloadable study guide, free of charge. The test and guide are normally $50.

Earning a Ready-to-Work Certificate assures HVACR employers that the technician has fundamental knowledge and skills in the areas of component identification, tools, measurements, electrical safety, general safety and basic heat transfer. The Ready-to-Work Certificate test is available online and does not require a proctor, so it can be taken from any computer, anywhere, including at home.

NATE is proud to offer testing for the HVACR competition at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, scheduled for June 25-29 in Louisville, KY. This year, the students who compete in the HVACR category will receive a free HVAC Support Technician Certificate test. The exam covers topics linked to the NATE professional level certifications, but at a more fundamental level, and provides career-focused technicians the chance to demonstrate the increased knowledge and skills needed to pursue NATE professional certification.

Please email Misha Adams, program manager of workforce development at madams@ahrinet.org for more information about the Rees Scholarship or visit http://www.reesscholarship.org.
19 Dec 2017
Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) will proctor NATE testing on Monday, January 22nd, from 1pm to 5pm in room S501 at the AHR Expo, in McCormick Place, Chicago, IL.
Separate registration is required through RSES. Those interested in testing should call or email Emlyn Bertsche at  847-759-4031 or  ebertsche@rses.org.
The deadline for registration is January 12, 2018 and the cost per exam is $105.
18 Dec 2017

ARLINGTON, VA. – (December 4, 2017) – At the 2017 Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV, NATE recognized seven HARDI member companies for their outstanding commitment to promoting NATE certification and building a skilled, capable HVACR workforce.

Top Single Location Certifier for 2016, Mingledorff’s of Norcross, Georgia was once again recognized as the overall winner, with Johnstone Supply of Denver, Colorado receiving the Most Improved Certifier award. All 2017 awardees, listed below, will receive large banner signs, which they can display in their locations to recognize their accomplishments and drive interest in the NATE technician certification program among their customers. In addition, each will receive a cash prize to be used to celebrate with their staff.

Winners by Region: 

  • Top Certifier and Top Southeastern Region Certifier: Mingledorff’s of Norcross, Georgia
  • Most Improved Certifier and the Top Central Region Certifier: Johnstone Supply, Denver, Colorado
  • Top Great Lakes Region Certifier:  Refrigeration Sales Inc. (RSI), Valley View, Ohio
  • Top Mid-Atlantic Region Certifier:  Standard Air & Lite Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Top Northeastern Region Certifier:  Johnstone Supply, White Plains, New York
  • Top Southwestern Region Certifier:  Johnstone Supply, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Top Western Region Certifier:  AIREFCO, Inc. Tualatin, Oregon

“Because we work to encourage technician development, it is only fitting that we recognize the industry partners that help us to achieve this mission,” said John Lanier, NATE COO. “The NATE Certifier Awards are a symbol of our appreciation to HARDI members who offer NATE testing, and in so doing, add value to the customers and communities they serve.”

When distributors offer NATE training and testing as a part of their customer success programs, they build stronger relationships with contractors, who benefit from higher customer satisfaction rates, reduced warranty costs and less demand on technical service and support staff.

09 Aug 2017

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.