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)


Veterans Assistance

NATE certification opens doors for you, allowing you to obtain a job or advance in your chosen profession. The US Military agrees.

Not only does the US military award promotion points for servicemen earning NATE certification, the Department of Veterans Affairs licensing and certification benefit allows the VA to pay the licensing and certification fees for all eligible veterans.

  • Veterans can receive up to $2000 per NATE exam but not more than the actual cost of the test.
  • Veterans may receive benefits to retake a failed exam.
  • Veterans may take unlimited tests, however, benefits will not be reissued for exams successfully completed.

(Please note: The VA only pays for the test and not other expenses associated with obtaining a license or certification.)

From the day a NATE-certified military service member deploys, their NATE certification is deferred until they return, ensuring that the technician comes back to work with the same qualifications as when he or she left.  Upon their return, the technician receives all new NATE certification documents and the expiration date of their certification is extended to reflect their time in service.

Eligible personnel include those who qualify for:

  • Montgomery G.I. Bill or Chapter 30 (but not the Montgomery G.I. Bill for reservists)
  • VEAP (also called Chapter 32)
  • Dependents Educational Assistance (also called DEA or Chapter 35).

When you leave the service, your benefits continue. Generally, veterans have 10 years after discharge from active duty to use their benefits.

To receive Veteran’s Benefits:

  • Apply using Form 22-1990, which you may download at http://gibill.va.gov/.
  • Furnish a copy of your discharge papers, DD 214.
  • Once you have been approved as eligible, you will be notified.
  • Send a copy of your NATE test results to the VA office that handles your education benefits. Attach a note with the following information:
  1. Your request for reimbursement.
  2. Your name and Social Security Number (SSN).
  3. The name of the test you took and the date you took it.
  4. The name and address of the organization issuing the certificate.
  5. Cost you paid for test (NOTE: Registration fees, preparation guides, processing fees etc., will not be reimbursed.)
  6. The following statement: “I authorize release of my test information to VA.”

Please Note:

  • If you are a veteran on active duty, you need VA Form 22-1990, available online at www.gibill.va.gov.
  • If you are an eligible child or spouse, you need VA Form 22-5490. You can call 1-888-442-4551 to request the form. (For the hearing impaired, call 1-800-829-4833.) Send all the information to the regional office that processes your claim. The address is on the form.
  • If you have never filed a claim for Veteran’s Benefits, you will need to submit an application for benefits (22-1990).

You may obtain more information about Veteran’s Benefits by calling 1-888-GIBILL1 or visiting www.gibill.va.gov.

Veterans Affairs Regional Offices

Eastern Region
VA Regional Office, PO Box 4616, Buffalo, NY 14240-4616
This office serves: CT, DE, DC, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, VA, WV and foreign schools.

Central Region
VA Regional Office, PO Box 66830, St Louis, MO 63166-6830.
This office serves: CO, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, ND, SD, WI, and WY.

Western Region
VA Regional Office, PO Box 89888, Muskogee, OK 74402-888.
This office serves AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NM, NV, OK, OR, TX, UT, WA, and Pacific Islands.

Southern Region
VA Regional Office, PO Box 100022, Decatur, GA 30031-7022.
This office serves AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, PR, SC, TN, and US Virgin Islands.