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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01 Aug 2013

NATE (in partnership with The News) has published the NATE Edge ebook available for download.


To access your free copy, click here.

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01 Aug 2013
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31 Jul 2013

ARLINGTON, VA. – (July 31 2013) – North American Technician Excellence (NATE), in partnership with APR Supply Co., is offering NATE certification testing in conjunction with Comfortech 2013. The annual seminar and product showcase will kick off on September 18, 2013, and run through September 20, 2013 in Philadelphia. 

The NATE test session is scheduled for September 17, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. in Pennsylvania Convention Center Room 123. One of the ways technicians can prepare for the NATE exams is to attend a four-hour course, hosted by APR Supply Co. from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. led by 38-year HVACR veteran and APR Supply Technical Services Advisor Group Manager Eddie Howell. Technicians can choose to take the NATE Core and/or a NATE specialty exam for $125 each. 

NATE is the nation’s largest industry-endorsed, non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) technicians. Candidates can earn installation and/or service certification in 11 specialty areas: air conditioning, air distribution, heat pumps, gas heating, oil heating, hydronics gas, hydronics oil, commercial refrigeration, light commercial refrigeration, ground source heat pump and senior efficiency analyst.

 “NATE is pleased to partner with our friends at APR Supply Co. and Penton Media (host of Comfortech  2013) and hope technicians from far and wide take advantage of the opportunity to take the NATE exam this September while they are attending Comfortech 2013”, said NATE COO John Lanier.

“Organizations like NATE continue to demonstrate their increasing influence on contractors’ excellence throughout our industry.  We are proud and honored to continue to support our industry brethren’s initiatives,” said APR Supply Co. Business Development Manager Ryan Kiscaden.

Registration forms are available on the NATE website (www.natex.org/nate-events/comfortech-2013) and APR Supply website (www.aprsupply.com). For those interested in attending Comfortech 2013, visit www.comfortechshow.com  for information and registration.

About APR Supply Co. APR Supply Co. (www.aprsupply.com) is a third generation, family owned HVAC and Plumbing Wholesale distribution business.  APR Supply serves customers throughout Pennsylvania using its 29 branch locations and a central distribution facility located in Lebanon, PA.

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. Candidates can earn installation and/or service certification in specialty areas including air-conditioning, air distribution, heat pumps, gas heating, oil heating, hydronic gas, hydronic 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.

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24 Jul 2013

Kenneth Socha of All American Air, Inc. in Daytona, FL has won a new Apple iPAD from NATE. Kenneth was the winner of a drawing of responders to the NATE research survey conducted by Decision Analyst Inc. in spring 2013. Congratulations Kenneth and thanks to all of our survey participants!

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17 Jun 2013

ARLINGTON, VA.–June 14, 2013 The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) today announced the appointment of John Lanier to be Chief Operating Officer of North American Technician Excellence (NATE).  Lanier will report to AHRI President & CEO Stephen Yurek.  As COO, Lanier will plan, direct, and coordinate the operations of NATE, managing daily operations and executing full responsibility for, and oversight of, all of NATE’s programs.

Prior to joining the NATE team, Lanier held a variety of executive leadership roles, most notably as Senior Vice President of Operations at the National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s largest independent business association, with more than 400,000 members.  Throughout his career, Lanier has gained valuable experience in operations, sales, member benefits, human resources, and information technology.

“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,” he added.

NATE Chairman Don Frendberg said he is looking forward to working with Lanier.  “I am excited to have John on board.  I know that with his knowledge and experience, NATE will experience continued growth and can, under his leadership, further develop our role in providing world class HVACR and water heating technician certification.”

Lanier earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics at the University of Minnesota, has completed an executive education program at the Kellogg School of Management, and is pursuing his MBA.  He resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife, Samantha, and their boys John and Ethan.

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10 Jun 2013

Sometimes you may choose to attend non-NATE-recognized courses to stay current with industry trends. 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.

Remember: NATE does not track these hours. 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. 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.

If you have any questions, contact NATE at 877-420-6283.