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01 Oct 2014

ARLINGTON, VA.–September 18, 2014 – As fall approaches and students of all ages return to school, the latest issue of the quarterly NATE Magazine from North American Technician Excellence (NATE) promotes the benefits of education, training, and certification as “The Path to Success” for the entire HVACR industry. The issue debuted at the Comfortech 2014 show in Nashville.

Available for free download at www.natex.org/391, the NATE Magazine highlights how stakeholders throughout the industry use the NATE certification exams and the Recognized Training Provider program to support technicians’ professional development throughout their careers.

The issue begins with how schools such as Texas State Technical College, the Connecticut Technical High School System, and Tidewater Community College, all using the NATE Industry Competency Exam (ICE) to help offer students an HVACR entry-level certification to start their careers.

Also in the issue are profiles of manufacturers Daikin North America, Trane, System Sensor, and Cliplight Manufacturing and their training offerings for NATE-certified technicians. Daikin brand manager Jeff Underwood Daikin notes that NATE is a key priority for Daikin. “We focus on ensuring all of our classes count towards gaining or maintaining NATE certification. We actively promote NATE externally to our customers and internally to our employees.”

The “smart” technology sector also provides relevant NATE training, including Emerson Climate Technologies, and NEST Technologies, makers of the Nest Learning Thermostat. “Nest believes in bringing advanced and thoughtful technology to the HVACR industry and we are excited to team up with NATE to offer our training programs to the professional installer community, says Gene LaNois, head of the professional channel for Nest.

Distributors like HVAC Distributors Inc. recognize the importance of providing training to help customers earn and keep NATE certification. In addition, the issue features partner associations including the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning National Contractors Association (SMACNA) to discuss their collaborations with NATE to provide training and resources for NATE-certified technicians.

To locate these and other NATE Recognized Training Providers nationwide, visit www.natex.org/train.

NATE is the nation’s largest industry-endorsed, non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians. For more information about NATE, visit www.natex.org.

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22 Jul 2014

Organizations that would like to offer NATE testing and/or training, or an individual can apply to be a proctor for a current NATE Testing Organization can now apply online.

In addition, contractors who meet the 50% minimum employment requirement of NATE-certified technicians can apply online to become part of the Consumer Contractor Connection (C3) program and be listed for free at www.hvacradvice.com

To access applications, click here.


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10 Jun 2014

ARLINGTON, VA.–June 10, 2014 – North American Technician Excellence (NATE) released the latest issue of its quarterly NATE Magazine, promoting the connection between NATE and utility energy efficiency.

The issue, available for free download at www.natex.org/391, profiles seven utility programs that recommend or require the employment of NATE-certified technicians for the contractors that install and service equipment for their customers. In return, those contractors employing NATE-certified technicians receive new business leads while their customers benefit from quality equipment installation and special financial incentives. The programs profiled are:

The issue also features contractors Front Range Mechanical Services of Denver, Co; Columbia NW Heating of Scappoose, OR; and Able Heating and Cooling of Tigard, OR discussing how their work with the utility companies provides training and business lead opportunities for their businesses. Training and testing partners such as HVACR distributors O’Connor Company of Omaha, Nebraska and Comfort Air Distributing of Denver, CO and trainers HVACREdu.NET, Conservation Services Group, and Real World HVAC are also featured.

Some utilities, such as Xcel Energy and the Nebraska Public Power District also offer NATE-recognized training, testing and reimbursement to assist technicians in earning and maintaining the NATE certification required of their programs. Some utilities even offer financial incentives to the contractor in addition to the homeowner for the quality HVACR equipment installation.

NATE is the nation’s largest industry-endorsed, non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians. For more information about NATE, visit www.natex.org.

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21 May 2014

Click here to read the latest edition of the NATE Advantage newsletter!

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05 May 2014

Some of you have experienced problems using the new mynate.org site. We are aware of these issues and both NATE and Castle Worldwide (who administers the system) are hard at work correcting them. We are grateful to those of you who have reported problems. We have created an email to address any issues or comments you may have: nate@castleworldwide.com.


Despite the inconvenience, all of your information in your record (certifications earned, CEH reported, testing information, training records, C3 listings, etc.) is safe and secure. Although we are experiencing transition challenges, we are confident you will see the new system will make your interactions with NATE easier, faster, and more efficient. In the meantime, thank you for your patience in this transition time.

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04 Nov 2013

At NATE, we are committed to serving the industry by advancing the knowledge and skills of HVACR technicians. And we understand and appreciate your value as our partner in pursuing that commitment.

That is why effective immediately, approved NATE proctors who offer general HVACR training can resume training and proctoring NATE exams for the same candidates. This is a change in policy from the previous notification you received in May 2013 prohibiting such activity.

There is no additional action required of currently approved NATE proctors. To resume ordering and administering NATE exams, visit http://www.natex.org/site/325/Partners-Testing/Proctors/Getting-Started for more information.

The future of the HVACR industry depends on the continued growth in the number of knowledgeable NATE-certified technicians to provide quality service, installation, enhanced system performance, and energy efficiency. Our vision for the future of NATE includes strengthening relationships with partners like you to support technicians in earning and maintaining the certifications that embody the future of our workforce. This policy change is the first of these steps and there will be more to come as we continue to work with you to see our vision come to fruition.

If you have any questions, please contact Anthony Spagnoli, NATE Certification Manager at aspagnoli@natex.org.