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NATE Advantage May 2014

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May 2014: NATE Under Construction
Summer is here and you are busy, but there is still time to take advantage of the information, recertification, and help that NATE provides technicians. Beat the heat and the recertification rush with timely information in this issue of "The NATE Advantage."

Road ConstructionIn This Issue…

  • New NATE Testing Partners
  • Proctor Policy Changes
  • Online Face Lift
  • Recertification Reminders
  • What Are Waiting For?


New NATE Testing Partners
Castle WorldwideNATE recently announced two new administrators for its certification testing services. Administering the NATE and Industry Competency Exam (ICE) certification paper testing and the NATE certification online testing is Castle Worldwide, one of the nation’s leading certification and licensure testing companies, assisting more than 80 organizations with their testing, training, certificate, and certification programs. Administering ICE online testing is Performance Assessment Network (PAN), the leading web-based system for the distribution, administration, and analysis of professional assessments, tests, and surveys helping more than 2,500 clients since 2000.

NATE is suggesting that any bookmarks in your computers that contain "nate.vgihost" be changed to www.mynate.org for testing, and https://tara.vitapowered.com/nate for ICE testing.

If there are questions or issues, please contact NATEĀ at 877-420-6283 or asknate@natex.org for immediate assistance.

Proctor Policy Changes
Test TakingAs announced in Nov. 2013, 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.

"At NATE, we are committed to serving the industry by advancing the knowledge and skills of HVACR technicians," said the association. "And we understand and appreciate your value as our partner in pursuing that commitment."

There is no additional action required of currently approved NATE proctors. Click here to resume ordering and administering NATE exams.

"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," said NATE. "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.

The First Residential 95% AFUE Gas Pack
Yes, a condensing gas/electric unit does exist. NORDYNE model R8HE delivers 95% AFUE two-stage heating and 14 SEER cooling. Condensate is piped below the frost line, eliminating concerns of condensate freezing. See how we did it at nordyne.com.
Site ConstructionOnline Improvements
Have you seen NATE’s new look? The organization is redesigning its website. Take a look at www.natex.org.
Under The Ground, By The Sea; the Expo For Efficiency
Learn more about the ground source heat pump industry at the 27th Annual IGSHPA Technical Conference and Expo in Baltimore, Maryland, October 15-16, 2014, at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel and Baltimore Convention Center. Take a pre-conference, NATE certified Accredited Installer class or other training and certification programs. www.igshpa.okstate.edu/conf.
ApprovedRecertification Reminders

  • NATE certification period is valid for two years.
  • Continuing education requirements have been lowered to 16 hours per two years. This averages out to 8 hours of training a year.
  • The cost to maintain certification with continuing education hours (CEH) is $25 for two years and $5 for each additional certification. Note that Heat Pump Service recertification is only $25 and include Heat Pump Installation and Air Conditioning Service and Installation at no additional cost.

If your certification(s) expire in 2014 and you plan to earn 60 CEH prior to the end of your certification, you have the one-time option to renew the certification for a five-year period for $95 (plus varying fees for additional certifications) or to transition to the new two-year certification period for $25 (plus $5 per any additional certification). As before, you must submit the certification application before your certification expires.
Visit www.mynate.org to view what education hours we have on record for you.

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Job SearchWhat Are You Waiting For?
If you are looking to hire, NATE has you covered. Log into the NATE Career Center. Employers seeking qualified NATE-certified technicians can place job postings for a nominal fee. Don’t waste your time with ordinary methods of recruiting or job hunting. Take your employment bid to the next level.

For more information, visit www.jobs.natex.org.

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