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NORTH AMERICAN TECHNICIAN EXCELLENCE

2111 Wilson Blvd. Suite 510Arlington, VA 22201Phone: 703-276-7247Toll Free Phone: 877-420-6283 (NATE)
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14 Jun 2011

BNB Mechanical Awarded $1,000 for Promoting Certified Technicians

ARLINGTON, VA. – (June 14, 2011) – North American Technician Excellence (NATE), has selected the first winner in the “Showcase Your NATE” Sweepstakes, which rewards contractors for promoting their NATE-certified technicians.  Bob Johnston, owner of BNB Mechanical in Rancho Cucamonga, California, submitted the winning entry, earning his company $1,000 in local advertising and/or NATE promotional materials.

After the sweepstakes kicked off in March, Johnston submitted an example of a newspaper advertisement featuring the new NATE logo.  Johnston’s entry was randomly selected from the numerous submissions received from contractors throughout the country, including brochures, vehicle signage, videos, business cards, links to company websites and other examples of how each company highlights their NATE-certified technicians.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be named a winner in the ‘Showcase Your NATE’ Sweepstakes,” stated Johnston.  “It’s truly an honor to be a part of such a great organization, and we are committed to maintaining certification and promoting it to help grow our business.”

Three additional winners will be selected throughout the remainder of the year. To enter, contractors are invited to submit descriptions and pictures of the various ways that they use NATE to build consumer confidence and attract new customers. With each submission, the contractor is entered into a regular drawing for a chance to win the $1,000 prize, which can be used towards local advertising and/or NATE promotional materials.  Many entries will also be featured online, offering the contractor additional exposure and recognition for their commitment to quality work.

The “Showcase Your NATE” entries can be submitted via email to sweepstakes@natex.org or by mailing them to “Showcase Your NATE” Sweepstakes, 2111 Wilson Blvd #510, Arlington, VA 22201.  Many entries will be featured on NATE’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/natecertification) and in other communication materials.  For more information about the sweepstakes, visit www.natex.org.

About North American Technician Excellence (NATE)

Headquartered in Arlington, Va., NATE was founded in 1997 as the nation’s largest 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 Apr 2011

Spring Meeting Held in Arlington, VA on Thursday, April 14th 2011

ARLINGTON, VA. – (April 20, 2011) – North American Technician Excellence (NATE) held its biannual board of trustees meeting on Thursday, April 14, 2011.  Members of the board travelled from different areas throughout the country to attend the spring meeting at NATE headquarters in Arlington, VA.

Ray Isaac, Chairman of the NATE Board of Trustees and President of Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning in Rochester, NY, presided over the meeting.  Peter Schwartz, NATE President and CEO, was officially introduced to the board and provided a report on recent achievements and the latest implementations.  In addition, Patrick Murphy, Vice President of Certification for NATE, shared several technical reports, and Kathy Corr, NATE’s Director of Strategic Relationships, provided an update on topics related to partnerships and testing.  Finally, Chicago-based Marketing Support, Inc., NATE’s agency of record, also shared an overview of marketing efforts and initiatives in 2011.

In addition to Isaac, the following board members were present at the meeting:

  • Scott Boxer, Immediate Past Chairman of the NATE Board of Trustees, Frisco, TX
  • Carole Poindexter, Secretary-Treasurer of the NATE Board of Trustees; President, Baker Distributing Company, Jacksonville, FL
  • Don Frendberg, Executive Vice President & COO, Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI), Columbus, OH
  • Joe Fristik, Vice President & Group Publisher, Contracting Business Magazine, Cleveland, OH
  • Rick Hennig, Chairman, Eastern Heating & Cooling Council (EHCC), Mount Laurel, NJ
  • Gerard “Gerry” Kennedy, Executive Vice President, Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC), Falls Church, VA
  • Paul Kyllo, Program Manager, Southern California Edison, Irwindale, CA
  • Nance Lovvorn, President, Lovvorn Consulting Services, Birmingham, AL
  • Mark Lowry, Executive Vice President, Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES), Des Plaines, IL
  • Ed Purvis, Executive Vice President, Emerson Climate Technologies, Sidney, OH
  • Paul Stalknecht, President & CEO, Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), Arlington, VA
  • David Swift, President & CEO, Goodman Manufacturing, Houston, TX
  • Steve Yurek, President, Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), Arlington, VA

Also in attendance from the NATE Advisory Council was Randy Tice, Past Chairman of the NATE Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Board for APR Supply Company in Lebanon, PA.

The next NATE Board of Trustees meeting will be held in fall 2011.

About North American Technician Excellence (NATE)

Headquartered in Arlington, Va., NATE was founded in 1997 as the nation’s largest 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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30 Mar 2011

NATE-Certified Military Personnel Called to Active Duty

Resume Same Certification Status upon Return

ARLINGTON, VA. – (March 30, 2011) – North American Technician Excellence (NATE) continues to show its support for the U.S. Military by extending certification for HVAC technicians called to active duty.  From the day a NATE-certified military servicemember 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.

“All of us at NATE feel that this policy is critically important for our NATE-certified technicians active in the military, and it is the least we can do to support our troops,” stated Patrick Murphy, Vice President of Certification for NATE.  “The last thing these honorable and esteemed professionals need to worry about is the status of their certification.  By stopping the clock on their NATE certification, we aim to do our small part in helping these technicians pick up where they left off when they return from serving our country.”

Active duty technicians can simply contact NATE upon their return to process the certification extension and to have their new documents shipped.  Mark Butler, a NATE-certified technician and reservist who most recently served in Iraq and Afghanistan from September 2008 until November 2010, recently reached out to NATE regarding the status of his certification. “It means a lot that NATE is willing to re-up our certification to make up for the time we’re overseas,” said Butler.  “Once I found that out, it was one less concern for me as I made the transition from active duty in the Middle East back to my work as an HVAC technician in Massachusetts.”

For more information about this policy, please contact Pat Murphy at PMurphy@natex.org.

About North American Technician Excellence (NATE)

Headquartered in Arlington, Va., NATE was founded in 1997 as the nation’s largest 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 Mar 2011

Collaboration Aims to Promote the Improvement of Home Energy Performance

ARLINGTON, VA. – (March 17, 2011) – North American Technician Excellence (NATE) and the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in order to promote the improvement of home energy performance in the United States.  Under this agreement, NATE and RESNET will collaborate on key initiatives to meet this goal, while also supporting the growth of both organizations.

To kick off this strategic partnership, Patrick Murphy, Vice President of Certification for NATE, was recently appointed to the RESNET Technical Committee.  As part of his role on the committee, Murphy will be responsible for assisting RESNET in the development of protocols for rating the performance of HVAC systems.

One of the key components of the MOU is that NATE and RESNET will advocate for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recognition of NATE-certified technicians in meeting the HVAC requirements in its ENERGY STAR® Qualified New Homes Program.  The two organizations will also work together to identify the training and NATE certification required for raters to determine whether there is adequate air flow across the heat exchanger/coil.  In addition, NATE and RESNET will develop a plan for expanding these ‘new homes’ activities into the ‘existing homes’ market by creating a program that can ultimately be recognized by the Department of Energy (DOE), EPA and other Federal, State and utility retrofit efforts.

By joining forces on initiatives such as these, as well supporting each organization’s membership efforts and activities, NATE and RESNET aim to achieve greater success in their shared mission to promote residential energy efficiency.

“This partnership between NATE and RESNET is a significant step forward in our effort to improve energy performance,” stated Peter Schwartz, president of NATE.  “By working together to achieve the same goal, our organizations have twice the resources available to use towards this end, as well as a louder voice in this arena than ever before.  We look forward to a long and successful collaboration.”

About North American Technician Excellence (NATE)

Headquartered in Arlington, Va., NATE was founded in 1997 as the nation’s largest 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.

About Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET)

In April 1995, the National Association of State Energy Officials and Energy Rated Homes of America founded the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) to develop a national market for home energy rating systems and energy efficient mortgages. RESNET’s standards are officially recognized by the federal government for verification of building energy performance for such programs as federal tax incentives, the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America Program.  RESNET standards are also recognized by the U.S. mortgage industry for capitalizing a building’s energy performance in the mortgage loan, and certification of “White Tags” for private financial investors.

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08 Mar 2011

New Effort Stresses Importance of Hiring NATE-certified Technicians and

Rewards Contractors who Communicate their NATE

ARLINGTON, VA. – (March 8, 2011) – North American Technician Excellence (NATE), the nation’s largest non-profit certification organization for HVACR technicians, is kicking off a campaign to educate homeowners throughout the country about the importance of selecting contractors who hire NATE-certified technicians.  By obtaining NATE certification, a technician verifies that they possess the skills and knowledge to perform at the highest industry standards, demonstrating their value to both the customer and their hiring contractor.

In 2011, NATE aims to increase consumer awareness of this quality assurance offered by certification, while simultaneously elevating those contractors who demonstrate their commitment to excellence by demanding NATE certification.  In addition, NATE is making it easier than ever for contractors to promote their NATE-certified technicians and rewarding these efforts with the new “Showcase Your NATE” Sweepstakes.

Consumers, Meet NATE

Through network radio advertisements, mentions on national television and articles in newspapers and magazines, today’s homeowners will be informed of the protection and peace-of-mind that result from hiring NATE-certified HVACR professionals.  For example, radio ads will air on programs such as CBS World News, Dennis Miller and Bill O’Reilly, as well as NCAA and NFL football, driving homeowners to the NATE consumer website (www.hvacradvice.com) to find local HVACR contractors who employ NATE-certified technicians.

As an increasing number of homeowners learn about NATE and visit the site to find a qualified contactor in their area, it’s more important than ever for contractors to include their company information on the Consumer Contractor Connection – NATE’s online locator tool.  If 50 percent of a contractor’s technicians are NATE-certified, they are eligible to post a free listing in the Consumer Contractor Connection, helping to attract new customers.

“The overall goal of this program is to educate homeowners about NATE certification; not only is this effort important in terms of consumer protection and quality assurance, but it also ultimately improves the business of those contractors who demonstrate their dedication to superior installation and service,” stated Peter Schwartz, NATE President and CEO. “As an industry advocate, NATE aims to promote the HVACR industry’s knowledge and commitment to excellence, which is exemplified by maintaining certification.”

Showcase Your NATE for Success

To further assist contractors in capitalizing on these upcoming efforts and connecting to consumers seeking NATE-certified technicians, a new dime-sized logo is available for use in contractors’ advertisements.  The new NATE logo clearly communicates that the contractor employs certified technicians, while leaving ample space for their company information and other important messages.  Qualified contractors can visit NATE’s website (www.natex.org) to request the logo for use in their consumer communication.

Since many top contractors actively promote their NATE-certified technicians to highlight their expertise and increase their business, NATE is also launching the new “Showcase Your NATE” Sweepstakes to reward these efforts.  To participate, contractors are invited to submit descriptions and pictures of the various ways that they use NATE to build consumer confidence and attract new customers. With each submission, the contractor is entered into a regular drawing for a chance to win $1,000 in free local advertising and/or NATE promotional materials.  Many entries will also be featured online, offering the contractor additional exposure and recognition for their commitment to quality work.

The “Showcase Your NATE” entries can be submitted via email to sweepstakes@natex.org or by mailing them to “Showcase Your NATE” Sweepstakes, 2111 Wilson Blvd #510, Arlington, VA 22201.  Many entries will be featured on NATE’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/natecertification) and in other communication materials.  For more information about the sweepstakes, visit www.natex.org.

About North American Technician Excellence (NATE)

Headquartered in Arlington, Va., NATE was founded in 1997 as the nation’s largest 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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15 Feb 2011

The 2011 HVACR & Mechanical Instructor Workshop will take place on March 23-25, 2011 at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne, VA. For additional information or to register visit www.instructorworkshop.org.