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Founded in 1997, North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is the nation’s largest non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians. Headquartered in Arlington, VA, NATE is the certification organization governed, owned, operated, developed and supported by the entire HVACR industry.

NATE Tests. Others Train.

NATE certification tests represent real world working knowledge of HVACR systems. Developed by a committee of industry experts nationwide, our NATE exams represent HVACR topics pertinent to contractors, educators, manufacturers and utilities alike.

All of the NATE tests are rigorous, multiple-choice, knowledge-based tests and validate a technician’s knowledge. NATE candidates may earn Installation and/or Service certification in one or more SPECIALTY areas, including:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Air Distribution
  • Heat Pumps
  • Gas Heating
  • Oil Heating
  • Hydronics Gas
  • Hydronics Oil
  • Light Commercial Refrigeration
  • Commercial Refrigeration
  • Ground Source Heat Pump Loop Installer
  • Senior HVAC Efficiency Analyst

*NATE encourages the employment of NATE certified technicians for superior installation and maintenance or service of heating, ventilation, air conditioning or refrigeration systems. NATE certified technicians have proven their knowledge in the HVACR industry by passing specialized NATE certification tests; however, NATE does not directly supervise or employ technicians, and does not endorse or guarantee their work or performance.  As a result, NATE disclaims any liability related to services performed by an individual technician or recommended employer.