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NORTH AMERICAN TECHNICIAN EXCELLENCE

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12 Jan 2011

North American Technician Excellence (NATE) announces new NATE-recognized courses that have been approved for continuing education credit hours. NATE recognized courses are courses that have been aligned to demonstrate the relationship between the knowledge taught in their courses and the elements of a specific Knowledge Area of Technician Expertise. This benefits the technician because his or her hours are recorded, as a courtesy, in their NATE record. Technicians who choose to recertify using NATE recognized training organizations for continuing education hours must attend at least 60 hours of education per specialty that directly relates to their areas of certification.

The list of courses that have been recently accepted as NATE recognized are:

Prokup Media Inc. – La Salle, IL

EX L Heat Pump

Total Tech – Smyrna, TN

Electrical Diagnosis

To find a complete list of NATE recognized courses that are offered in your area please visit www.natex.org under technicians and certifications.

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01 Jan 2011

How To Become A NATE Consumer Contractor Connection (C-3) HVACR Contractor

One-man shops to multi-location businesses are eligible to become NATE C-3 contractors. You become a NATE contractor by employing NATE HVACR Certified Technicians. There are two levels of NATE C-3 Contractors. NATE C-3 Contractors employ at least 50 percent NATE-certified technicians and a NATE C-3 Quality Circle Contractor employs at least 80 percent NATE- certified technicians with at least one NATE-certified technician in each area of installation and/or service offered.

Getting started as a NATE contractor

The first step is to get your technicians certified. To be NATE-certified a technician will have to take the NATE exams. The NATE technician certification requires the technician to pass two exams. The first is a core exam in which the technician selects either the installation or service track. The second exam is in the technician's specialty. Again the technician selects either installation or service, however, it must be in the same track as the core exam selected. See NATE's Knowledge Areas of Technician Expertise (KATEs)

Once 50 percent of your technicians have passed the NATE exams and receive their NATE ID may be considered for a NATE C-3 Contractor status and be eligible to display the NATE Logo, see guidelines for NATE logo use.

You are also eligible to list your organization in NATE's Consumer Contractor Connection.

Additionally, NATE produces and makes available to you a variety of free contractor marketing materials (See NATE Marketing kit).

How to sign up

Click here to go to the C3 sign up page.

Enter your company information and a C3 number will be assigned to you. Note: Please write this number down, you will need it and the PIN you choose each time you need to update your records. Enter your PIN and the total number of employed technicians and hit submit.

Note: Before beginning the process please have your technicians NATE ID numbers as you will be asked to enter them. Also make sure your technicians have listed your company as their employer. If the information of technician employer and C-3 application does not match the company will not be approved.

Becoming a NATE Quality Circle Contractor

To become a NATE Quality Circle Contractor 80 percent of your technicians need to pass the NATE exams and receive their NATE ID then you enter or update your organization’s information and the technician’s NATE IDs in the NATE Contractor database. If in the 80 per cent of the NATE-certified technicians each area of installation and/or service you offer is represented, when the database is searched your organization will receive preferential placement on the results page.
 

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09 Dec 2010

North American Technician Excellence (NATE) announces new NATE-recognized courses that have been approved for continuing education credit hours. NATE recognized courses are courses that have been aligned to demonstrate the relationship between the knowledge taught in their courses and the elements of a specific Knowledge Area of Technician Expertise. This benefits the technician because his or her hours are recorded, as a courtesy, in their NATE record. Technicians who choose to recertify using NATE recognized training organizations for continuing education hours must attend at least 60 hours of education per specialty that directly relates to their areas of certification.

The list of courses that have been recently accepted as NATE recognized are:

New England Institute of HAVC – Lowell, MA

Gas Furnace Installation & Troubleshooting

Ferguson Trane – Pomona, CA

Heat Pump Fundamentals / R-410A Certification

Refrigeration Supplies Distributor – Lake Forest, CA

Changing State of Refrigerants

Rheem Manufacturing Company – Various Locations

Airflow Characteristics and Diagnostics

90 Plus Gas Furnace Operation and Diagnostics

Residential Heat Pump Systems

Modulating 90+ Gas Furnaces

Residential Cooling Systems

80% Gas Furnace Operation and Diagnostics

A/C Electrical Characteristics and Troubleshooting

Charles D. Jones Company – Kansas City, MO

Refrigeration Equipment Quality Installation Procedures

The Air Coach – Fresno, CA

Medium & High Efficiency Furnaces

National Air Filtration Association (NAFA) – Virginia Beach, VA

NAFA Certified Technician (NCT)

Carrier Great Lakes – Livonia, MI

Carrier Rooftop Units 3-12.5 tons

Economizers

Prokup Media Inc. – La Salle, IL

Gas Furnace Troubleshooting

Johnstone Supply – Colorado Springs, CO

Carbon Monoxide, CO Analyzers & Gas Detectors

Isaac Heating & A/C Inc. – Rochester, NY

IHEP Procedures

Ferguson Heating & Cooling – Maumee, OH

Servicing Gas Furnaces

United Refrigeration, Inc. – Bethel Park, PA

Refrigerant Control by Electric Valves

Refrigeration System Installation

NATE Heat Pump Service Review

Scroll Compressor Technology

Basic Refrigeration & Controls

Compressor Failure & Teardown

R410 Training and Certificate

To find a complete list of NATE recognized courses that are offered in your area please visit www.natex.org under technicians and certifications. 

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09 Oct 2010

North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is honored to present this year's Golden Toolbox Award to heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry veteran Gary Andis of the National Energy Management Institute (NEMI).
The award, which was presented during the HVAC Comfortech show in Nashville, Tenn., and sponsored annually by NATE and Contracting Business, recognizes an individual within the HVACR industry who has demonstrated exemplary service, support and advocacy for technician certification.

On behalf of NATE, it's a pleasure to present Gary with this award, said Rex Boynton, president of NATE. “As an outstanding professional devoted to the success and future of the HVACR industry, I believe we’ve chosen someone who represents the goals and vision of NATE certification and has demonstrated the achievements this award aims to recognize.

Andis, who is the director of certification at NEMI, has more than 32 years of industry experience, having worked in various aspects of installation, service and design. He has also helped to advance the industry's reputation of quality by serving as an instructor for adult HVAC education and completing numerous instructor training programs. Andis holds five NATE certifications and serves on the NATE Technical Committee, has completed the OSHA 500 Safety Course, received the EPA, Refrigerant Recovery & Recycling Certification 608 and 609, is a National Air Filtration Association certified technician, and is a Testing, Adjusting and Balancing Professional with the Association of Energy Engineers. 

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14 Sep 2010

NATE Names Peter Schwartz as President and Chief Executive Officer

Will lead growth plans at HVACR technician organization

ARLINGTON, VA. – (September 14, 2010) – North American Technician Excellence (NATE) today named veteran association executive Peter Schwartz as its president and chief executive officer. Schwartz replaces David R. Pannier, who has served as NATE’s interim president since January.

Schwartz has more than 30 years of experience working with associations in the home building and design industries. Most recently, he was president and chief executive officer of the Construction Financial Management Association, an organization of 7,000 members and 90 chapters throughout the United States, which serves the construction financial professional. Schwartz has also served as chief executive officer at such organizations as the American Supply Association and the National Apartment Association.

According to NATE Chairman Ray Isaac, Schwartz has used his extensive management, operations, and marketing skills to develop strong, fiscally-sound business associations. He cited his work to raise the profile of organizations and substantially increase their funding.

“Peter has vast experience in association, nonprofit, and business management,” said Isaac. “He will provide the kind of visionary direction we need to continue building the leading certification organization for HVACR technicians.”

Schwartz said he was impressed at how NATE has been able to evolve in 13 years from a Technician Certification Program to one of the most widely respected and recognized technician organizations in the HVACR industry.

“The NATE name has come to represent the highest quality in HVACR service,” said Schwartz. “I look forward to working with our members and partners to expand our reach and enhance the value we offer to the industry.”

Pannier, the former president of Trane Residential Systems who previously served on NATE’s executive board, took over in January to lead the organization and its search for a president.
“We’re fortunate to be able to bring aboard someone of Peter’s caliber,” said Pannier. “He has demonstrated the kind of business acumen and leadership that inspires organizations to higher levels of performance.”

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

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14 Sep 2010

North American Technician Excellence (NATE) today named veteran association executive Peter Schwartz as its president and chief executive officer. Schwartz replaces David R. Pannier, who has served as NATE's interim president since January.

Schwartz has more than 30 years of experience working with associations in the home building and design industries. Most recently, he was president and chief executive officer of the Construction Financial Management Association, an organization of 7,000 members and 90 chapters throughout the United States, which serves the construction financial professional. Schwartz has also served as chief executive officer at such organizations as the American Supply Association and the National Apartment Association.

According to NATE Chairman Ray Isaac, Schwartz has used his extensive management, operations, and marketing skills to develop strong, fiscally-sound business associations. He cited his work to raise the profile of organizations and substantially increase their funding.

Peter has vast experience in association, nonprofit, and business management, said Isaac. He will provide the kind of visionary direction we need to continue building the leading certification organization for HVACR technicians.

Schwartz said he was impressed at how NATE has been able to evolve in 13 years from a Technician Certification Program to one of the most widely respected and recognized technician organizations in the HVACR industry.

The NATE name has come to represent the highest quality in HVACR service, said Schwartz. I look forward to working with our members and partners to expand our reach and enhance the value we offer to the industry.

Pannier, the former president of Trane Residential Systems who previously served on NATE's executive board, took over in January to lead the organization and its search for a president.

We're fortunate to be able to bring aboard someone of Peter's caliber, said Pannier. He has demonstrated the kind of business acumen and leadership that inspires organizations to higher levels of performance.