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NORTH AMERICAN TECHNICIAN EXCELLENCE

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04 Feb 2013

ARLINGTON, VA.–February 4, 2013 – North American Technician Excellence (NATE), the nation’s largest industry-endorsed, non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians released the 2013 edition of NATE Magazine, in conjunction with Penton Media at the 2013 AHR Expo in Dallas, TX. The free publication is available on the NATE website.

NATE Chairman Donald Frendberg opens the publication with his experiences of the past year working with NATE staff, governmental agencies, trainers, and technicians. “I’m pleased to say I have found there is a deep loyalty and respect for NATE technician certifications,” he writes. “NATE certifications truly enhance the professionalism of and respect for the HVACR industry as a whole.” However, he doesn’t believe NATE can rest on those existing laurels, citing the need to increase awareness of the benefits of NATE certifications and continuing to advocate NATE’s involvement with relevant governmental agencies.

This year’s edition of the NATE magazine features articles on the importance of recertification, the benefits of continuing education, updates on NATE’s efforts to revise examinations, and upcoming plans to offer the Core exam, Air Conditioning Service, Heat Pump Service, and Gas Furnace Service specialty examinations in Spanish.  The issue also celebrates “Top Techs” from around the country and a history of the  Golden Toolbox Award, created in 2006 by Contracting Business.com magazine and NATE to recognize those who publicly support and advocate for NATE HVACR technician certification.

A highlight of the publication is an interview with 57-year HVACR industry veteran Gene Lockwood of Gene’s A/C in Virginia Beach, VA. Maintaining his certifications for decades, he says, “I respect NATE certification because I know what it takes to earn it. You have to study hard and pass a difficult test that asks all the important questions. If you don’t get recertified, why did you take it up in the first place? It doesn’t make any sense to put in all that work and just let it go.”

Also in the issue, HVACR contractors CroppMetcalfe Air Conditioning- Heating-Plumbing, Brennan HVAC, and Meyer & Depew Co discuss the value of NATE certification to their businesses, and how they recognize NATE-certified technicians on a “Wall of Fame” and in advertising. “NATE provides motivation for technicians to succeed [and] for customers, NATE certification signifies technician expertise,” says Mike Brennan, owner of Brennan HVAC. These contractors note that many customers now request that only NATE-certified employees visit their home for service calls. Annual NATE recertification also serves as a prerequisite for maintaining certain dealer statuses.

Wholesaler G.W. Berkheimer Company has been helping HVACR contractors get their NATE certifications for more than 15 years, offering testing at 16 of its store locations. Troy Rybicki, manager of technical training said in the issue that they promote testing to its more than 1,000 contractor customers by using the NATE window decals and by displaying banners and posters. “The biggest challenge the industry faces is to be able to distinguish between trained technicians and installers and untrained contractors,” Rybicki explains. “NATE gives employers and consumers peace of mind knowing that the technicians they employ are properly trained and will, in turn, provide a benefit to the homeowners.”

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

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, 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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17 Jan 2013

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05 Dec 2012

 

NATE Names Valerie Briggs Director of Marketing and Business Development

 ARLINGTON, VA.–December 5, 2012  North American Technician Excellence (NATE), the nation’s largest industry-endorsed, non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians is pleased to announce the appointment of Valerie Briggs as its new Director of Marketing and Business Development.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Valerie as our new Director of Marketing and Business Development,” stated Don Frendberg, Chairman of the NATE Board of Trustees. “As we continue to promote the value of technician certification to the HVACR industry and consumers, her marketing expertise will be a tremendous value to our continued growth.”

As Director of Marketing and Business Development, Briggs will oversee business development, advertising, marketing, and public relations activities for the organization. She will also serve as NATE’s staff liaison on the NATE marketing committee, which is comprised of numerous industry professionals and subject matter experts who volunteer their time to support the advancement of technician certification in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry.

Prior to joining NATE, Briggs worked as Senior Director of External Communications and Marketing Outreach the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), a national health care trade association representing the interests of the owners of over 23,000 independent retail pharmacies. She was previously responsible for marketing and training for the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Program, a healthcare and employment program for people with disabilities, and in the late 1990’s worked as a Marketing Manager for The Community PhoneBook, handling media, marketing and promotional opportunities for 135 community telephone directories published in 11 states.

Briggs graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce and earned an MBA and Master’s degree in Marketing from University of Maryland University College.

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

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, 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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20 Nov 2012

Standard Supply to Host NATE Testing and Preparation at 2013 Show

 ARLINGTON, VA. – (November 19, 2012) – Standard Supply will host North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification testing at this year’s AHR Expo.  The world’s largest HVACR event will be held in Dallas, Texas, will run from January 28 through January 30, 2013.

The test session will begin at 1 p.m. on Monday, January 28.  To help prepare technicians for the test, Standard Supply will offer an HVACR Review Session from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. the day of the test.  Registration forms are available on the AHR Expo website (www.ahrexpo.com), as well as on NATE’s website (www.natex.org).

NATE is the nation’s largest industry-endorsed, non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) 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.

“We take great pride in our partnership with NATE, and we look forward to offering technicians the opportunity to become NATE-certified at this year’s AHR Expo,” said Steve Roberts, Technical Service Advisor at Standard Supply.  “Through NATE certification, today’s technicians can verify their competency and set themselves apart from the competition to both employing contractors and homeowner customers.”

For more information about NATE, visit www.natex.org.  For more information about Standard Supply, visit www.standardsupplyhvac.com.

About Standard Supply

Founded in 1946 as an adhesive distributor, Standard Supply is now the largest HVAC supply company in Texas.  With 13 locations across the state, Standard Supply is known for offering the broadest line of HVAC supplies in the region and delivering solutions for today’s contractors.  Through continuous innovation, utilization of advanced technology and a comprehensive understanding of contractors’ business needs, Standard Supply aims to offer the best service in the industry.

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, 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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01 Nov 2012

ARLINGTON, VA. – (November 1, 2012) – At the 2012 Heating, Air-conditioning & 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 company president, Bud Mingledorff.  The organization was honored with this award for being the HARDI distributor who certified the most technicians since last year’s conference.

“In the past, these awards have recognized our partners’ efforts based on the number of exams given by each organization.  However, this year’s awards have been updated to reflect the number of technicians actually certified, which is more realistic since many technicians hold multiple certifications,” said Don Frendberg, Chairman of the NATE Board of Directors.

The 2012 Single Location Top Certifier of NATE technicians went to Johnstone Supply in Denver.  With a total of 138 certified professionals, they were recognized for certifying more technicians than any other HARDI member. 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.  In addition, the 2012 Rising Star Award was given to S. G. Torrice Co., the HARDI distributor with the greatest annual improvement in technician certifications.

“The awards are presented in the form of banners, which the recipients can hang in their businesses to recognize their accomplishments, while also driving interest in technician certification among their customers,” said Frendberg.

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

 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, 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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25 Sep 2012

NATE Awards Charles “Chuck” White with Golden Toolbox Award

 ARLINGTON, VA. – (September 24, 2012) – North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is pleased to announce that Charles “Chuck” White, Vice President of Technical and Code Services for PHCC and President of Repairs, Incorporated, is the recipient of the seventh annual Golden Toolbox Award.  Presented on Friday, September 21, at Mechanical Systems Week in Schaumburg, Illinois, the award recognizes an industry professional who demonstrates outstanding service, support and advocacy for technician certification.

White, 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,” stated Don Frendberg, Chairman of the NATE Board of Directors.  “Chuck 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.”

After receiving the award, White noted, “This award is a tremendous honor, and I take great pride in receiving this recognition from NATE. 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.”

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

 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, 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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