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)


The History of NATE

GOOD for the Industry

During the past 40 years, the HVACR Industry has developed a number of educational programs for the direct benefit of technicians.  All of these programs are Governed, Owned, Operated, Developed and Supported by the HVACR Industry (The GOODS Principle). The benefit of The GOODS Principle is a better-trained, more knowledgeable and professional HVACR workforce that provides improved service and reliability for customers.

The GOODS Principle

Governed by the Industry to assure all parties have a voice in the operation and structure of the programs that make better technicians

Owned by the Industry to ensure no one party reaps financial benefit from the actual programs

Operated by the Industry so there is inclusive open consensus of the programs

Developed by the Industry to enhance and raise the skills of the technician

Supported by the Industry to maintain the financial stability of the technician programs

The Emergence of NATE

A significant step in the training of technicians was the development of the NATE certification. Started in 1997 NATE is a valid, reliable, defensible and widely respected certification protocol for the seasoned technician in the HVACR industry.

Joining the NATE coalition in 1999, the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) and the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) enhanced the program and continued the industry philosophy of self-governance and raising the standards for HVACR technicians. Coalition partners continued joining NATE with Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning National Association (SMACNA) and Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA) becoming part of the coalition in 2001. In 2006, the United Association (UA) joined the NATE Technical Committee.