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.


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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.

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15 Oct 2013

ARLINGTON, VA. – (October 15, 2013) – North American Technician Excellence (NATE) elected a new Chairman as well as three new members to the Board of Trustees for the 2013-2014 term at its biannual meeting. The meeting was held on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at NATE headquarters in Arlington, VA.

The NATE Board of Trustees named Wade Mayfield, President of Thermal Services, Inc. of Omaha, NE as the 2013-2014 Chairman of the Board. Mayfield has been involved in the HVAC business for 13 years. Having started as a sheet metal apprentice, he learned the business from the ground up. He has been President of Thermal Services for seven years. Thermal Services has 130+ employees spanning three branches located in Omaha and O’Neill, NE, and Des Moines, IA. The company specializes in heating, air conditioning, and plumbing in both residential and commercial markets. Mayfield joined the NATE board in 2012 and has also served as Chairman of the Heating and Cooling Contractors Association (HACCA), a local contractor association.

“I am honored to be elected as Chairman of the NATE Board of Trustees,” said Mayfield. “As an HVACR professional and contractor, I know the value of NATE certification and am pleased to continue to work with NATE in this new role.”

Chris Baker, President of Virginia Air Distributors and David Swift, President and CEO of Goodman/Amana, will continue to serve as Vice-Chairman and Secretary/Treasurer, respectively for the 2013-2014 term. Donald Frendberg assumed the role of Immediate Past Chairman. NATE also recognized the dedication and commitment of retiring board members Mitchell Cropp of Cropp-Metcalfe, and Whit Perry of Northwest Mississippi Community College.

The newly elected members to the NATE Board of Trustees are Chris Nelson, President for Carrier Residential and Commercial Systems (RCS); Scott Goulet, President of M.E Flow, Inc. of Leesburg, VA; and David McIlwaine, President, CEO and Founder of HVAC Distributors, Inc. of Mount Joy, PA.

“I proudly welcome Wade and the new members of the NATE Board of Trustees and sincerely thank our retiring members for their service,” said NATE COO John Lanier. “NATE continues to set the standards for quality HVACR technicians and I look forward to working with the NATE Board and staff to advance its vision.”

The remaining 2013-2014 members of the NATE Board of Trustees are:

  • Dan Ashenden, Publisher, Mechanical Systems Group, Penton Media, Inc.
  • Spencer G. Atkins, President & COO, Weathertech Dist. CO., Inc.
  • Gary S. Bedard, Vice President & General Manager, Lennox Industries
  • Marc E. Bridgens, Dean of School of Construction & Design Technologies, Pennsylvania College Of Technology
  • Dan Foley, President, Foley Mechanical Inc.
  • Talbot Gee, Executive Vice President/COO, Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
  • Distributors International (HARDI)
  • Darrell Garrison, TAB/Service Specialist, International Training Institute
  • Donald E. Jenkins, Service Manager, Shapiro & Duncan, Inc.
  • Gerard “Gerry” Kennedy, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC)
  • Harlan “Skip” Krepcik, CMS, Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) Region 4 Director
  • Mark A. Lowry, Executive Vice President, Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES)
  • Mike Murphy, Publisher, The ACHR NEWS
  • Ed Purvis, Executive Vice President, Emerson Climate Technologies
  • Wayne R. Reedy, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE)
  • Paul Stalknecht, President & CEO, Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA)
  • Terry Tanker, Publisher, HVACR Business
  • Chandler von Schrader, Program Manager, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Stephen R.Yurek, President/CEO, Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI)

About North American Technician Excellence (NATE) Headquartered in Arlington, Va., NATE was founded in 1997 as the nation’s largest industry-endorsed, non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians. NATE tests technicians while others train. Testing validates the technician’s knowledge and a training program’s instruction. NATE-approved testing organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada offer NATE tests. Candidates can earn installation and/or service certification in nine specialty areas: air-conditioning, air distribution, heat pumps, gas heating, oil heating, hydronics gas, hydronics oil, and commercial, light commercial, refrigeration and senior efficiency analyst. NATE also offers the International Ground Source Heat Pump test. For more information about NATE, visit www.natex.org.