What Does It Mean to Be NATE Certified?

When looking for HVAC technicians in your area, you might notice that some companies proudly mention that their team is certified by NATE. This is a big deal in the HVAC industry, but the average person usually doesn’t know what it means. NATE certification means that a person is certified by the North American Technician Excellence organization. Having a NATE certificate means that a technician has gone through a rigorous training and approval process.

How Does a Person Get Certified?

To get certified, technicians have to take at least one core and one specialty test. The core test is in either service or installation. Many of the air conditioning technicians providing Trinity residents with AC repairs are actually certified in both. Even experienced technicians usually can’t just pass these tests without studying. NATE recommends that people get at least two years of experience and take some preparation courses before attempting the test.

What Are NATE Specialties?

Specialty tests give technicians the chance to get certified in an area where they really excel. Specialties for NATE tests include:

  • Heat pump
  • Air conditioning
  • Air distribution
  • Oil heat
  • Gas heat

How Long Does a Certification Last?

Passing all the qualifications once isn’t enough to get a lifetime NATE certificate. The organization requires a technician to update his or her certification every five years. Renewing a NATE certification involves retaking tests or completing a 60-hour continuing education course. This ensures the technician is up to date on all new technology so that he or she can offer clients the most advanced service possible.

When you choose to work with WA Air Conditioning, you can be confident that you’ll get a NATE-certified technician. Our talented team is experienced at providing a variety of installation, repair, and maintenance services for heating, cooling, and other indoor air quality products. Feel free to call us today if you’d like to learn more about the services we offer.

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June 25, 2019 12:02 am