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Certifications Help Techs Seal the Deal (ACHR News)

2/21/2017 1:58:41 PM

Much like educational degrees, HVAC certifications show proficiency and expertise. Like any profession, continuing education and training in the HVACR industry is a must. Many contractors see certifications as a way of just this. Read more at  

NATE Celebrates 20 Years of Certifying Excellence

2/8/2017 11:26:31 AM

ARLINGTON, VA. – (February 8, 2017) – North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a #CelebrateWithNATE campaign. A special anniversary page, lists activities of campaign, to include: A 20 percent discount on all items, including training materials, apparel, hats, chevrons, patches, decals and accessories at the NATE online store at for during February (in honor of NATE’s founding in 1997) with special promo code NATE20 The first ever National NATE Testing Week, March 6-11, 2017, to help interested test-takers schedule testing with participating approved NATE Testing Organizations A special video featuring industry leaders from manufacturing, distribution, and contracting, discussing the value of NATE to the industry A special commemorative issue of the NATE Magazine Special anniversary booth giveaways at industry events “For the past 20 years, NATE has been committed to elevating the industry by certifying the finest professionals in HVACR,” said John Lanier, NATE COO. The key to NATE’s longevity is that it was created and supported by the entire HVACR industry, for the benefit NATE certification provides throughout the value chain. We are thrilled to invite the industry to #CelebrateWithNATE the progress NATE has made over these two decades, as we work to continue […]

Meet the Leaders Features John Lanier

1/11/2017 5:27:23 PM

Southern PHC magazine features profile of NATE COO John Lanier as part of its new Meet the Leaders feature. Click link below. JohnLanier_Nate_SPHCdJan17  

NATE Honors HARDI Members at 2016 Annual Conference

12/6/2016 9:39:23 AM

ARLINGTON, VA. – (December 7, 2016) – At the 2016 Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) Annual Conference in Colorado Springs, NATE recognized nine HARDI member companies for their outstanding efforts to promote NATE technician certification in the HVACR industry.   In addition to the Top Single Location Certifier and Most Improved Certifier honors, NATE announced awards recognizing NATE certifier organizations in the HARDI North American chapters/regions. The 2016 awardees, listed below, will receive large banner signs, which they can display in their locations to recognize their accomplishments, while also driving interest in NATE technician certification among their customers. In addition, each will receive a cash prize to be used to celebrate with their staff.   2016 NATE Single Location Top Certifier: Mingledorff’s of Norcross, GA was recognized for certifying more NATE technicians than any other HARDI member at a single location. 2016 NATE Most Improved Certifier: Temperature Equipment Corp of Lansing, IL was recognized as the HARDI member with the greatest increase in the number of NATE technician certifications from the past year. Regional Awards: 2016 NATE Top Central Region Certifier: Auer Steel, Milwaukee, WI 2016 NATE Top Great Lakes Region Certifier:  Refrigeration Sales Corporation, Valley View, OH […]

North American Technician Excellence (NATE) and NOCTI Announce Partnership

10/18/2016 2:26:44 PM

Big Rapids, MI (October 18, 2016) – North American Technician Excellence (NATE), the nation’s largest non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians, and NOCTI, the leader in creating customized and standardized credentialing solutions for secondary and post-secondary career and technical education programs, announce partnership.  This partnership will allow students to receive a NATE certificate for successful passage of the NOCTI HVAC Installation and Start-up and HVAC Service and Repair assessments.  “We believe this collaboration give HVAC students a jumpstart on their career path,” said John C. Foster, Ph.D., president and CEO of NOCTI. The NATE certificate will support future HVAC technicians as they pursue additional formal training via a post-secondary program and/or HVAC employment. Furthermore, those technicians will have a foundation that will support the pursuit third-party recognition with NATE such as the Industry Competency Exam or ICE, and professional certifications in the future.  “For nearly 20 years, NATE has provided certification testing for the industry’s finest, more experienced technicians. We are pleased to partner with NOCTI to introduce NATE to students at the beginning of their HVAC education to support them throughout their careers,” said John Lanier, NATE Chief Operating Officer.  About NATE Headquartered in Arlington, […]

Johnstone Supply of Las Vegas To Host NATE Testing at AHR Expo 2017

9/26/2016 2:08:39 PM

Johnstone Supply of Las Vegas will proctor two (2) sessions of North American Technician Excellence (NATE) technician certification testing on Monday, January 30, 2017 at the AHR Expo 2017. Technicians who have earned NATE certification are preferred among consumers, require fewer callbacks, and generate more income for their employers, thus earning higher wages on average and demonstrating greater value to employers than non-certified technicians. The NATE test sessions will be at 8 a.m. to 12 noon and at 1-5 p.m. Separate registration is required. Click here for instructions to register. Those interested in testing must register by January 12, 2017. NATE is the nation’s largest industry-endorsed, non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) technicians. Candidates can earn installation and/or service certification in 11 specialty areas: air conditioning, air distribution, heat pumps, gas heating, oil heating, hydronics gas, hydronics oil, commercial refrigeration, light commercial refrigeration, ground source heat pump and senior efficiency analyst.

Jose De La Portilla Receives NATE Golden Toolbox Award

9/22/2016 12:53:41 PM

ARLINGTON, VA. – (September 22, 2016) –NATE is proud to announce that Jose De La Portilla of Lennox HVAC Learning Solutions has been awarded the 2016 Golden Toolbox Award. Presented to De La Portilla at Comfortech 2016 in Philadelphia, the NATE Golden Toolbox Award, given in partnership with Contracting Business magazine, recognizes an industry professional who demonstrates outstanding service, support, and advocacy for technician certification. De La Portilla earned his first NATE certification in 2004 and became a NATE proctor shortly thereafter. He currently holds Heat Pump, Air Conditioning, Air Distribution, Gas Heating, and Light Commercial Refrigeration certifications. In 2015, De La Portilla joined NATE Technical Committee, a group of HVACR industry professionals who volunteer to help develop NATE exams. In particular, De La Portilla helped NATE to develop the new Ready-to-Work and HVAC Support Technician certificate exams, launched in January 2016. Currently the Technical Training Manager for Lennox HVAC Learning Solutions, De La Portilla builds, manages, and conducts various training programs like Lennox Build-A-Tech, Virtual Build-A-Tech, residential and commercial load calculations, whole home performance, residential duct design, refrigerant piping and system design, and several other technical courses. “We’re so pleased to present Jose De La Portilla with this year’s […]

NATE Certification Affirms Contracting Competency

9/13/2016 11:07:27 AM HVACR certifications provide technicians, their employers, and customers legitimacy. Much like a degree or diploma, certification offers a seal of approval that the individual doing the work is qualified, educated, and knowledgeable. And, for HVAC contractors, some of the most coveted certifications available come from North American Technician Excellence (NATE). “NATE certification differentiates us from our competition,” said Bobby Ring, president and CEO of Meyer & Depew Co. Inc. in Kenilworth, New Jersey. “We help our clients realize the difference between a contractor who uses NATE-certified technicians and those who don’t, and we’re proud to offer the superior service they’ve come to expect from our skilled technicians.” According to Valerie Briggs, director of marketing and business development, NATE, more than 34,000 HVACR technicians have at least one NATE certification, which equates to an average of about 13 percent of the workforce, per numbers maintained by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In parts of the country with partnering utility and manufacturing programs that require NATE certification, Briggs said the organization sees as much as 30 percent of HVACR techs with NATE certification. BENEFITS FOR ALL Whatever their reasons may be for seeking out certification, NATE offers a bevy of […]

HVAC Distributors Hosts NATE Testing at Comfortech 2016

7/22/2016 3:47:05 PM

ARLINGTON, VA. – (July 22, 2016) – HVAC Distributors of Mount Joy, PA will offer North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification review and testing at Comfortech 2016 on Monday, September 19 in Philadelphia. HVAC Distributors Technical Services and Training Supervisor Eric Kravitz will lead a HVACR review from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, and proctor a NATE test session beginning at 1 p.m. Separate registration is required. Click here for instructions to register for the NATE review and testing session. The cost is $155 per exam. Those interested in testing must register by September 2, 2016. NATE is the nation’s largest industry-endorsed, non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) technicians. Candidates can earn installation and/or service certification in 11 specialty areas: air conditioning, air distribution, heat pumps, gas heating, oil heating, hydronics gas, hydronics oil, commercial refrigeration, light commercial refrigeration, ground source heat pump and senior efficiency analyst. For more information about NATE, visit

NATE Board of Trustees Announced Membership

2/4/2016 11:16:15 AM

ARLINGTON, VA. – (February 4, 2016) –The North American Technician Excellence (NATE) Board of Trustees has announced its roster for 2015-2016, including a renewed chairmanship and seven new and replacement members elected to serve for the new term. The NATE Board of Trustees renamed Wade Mayfield, President of Thermal Services, Inc. of Omaha, NE as the 2015-2016 Chairman of the Board. Mayfield has been involved in the HVAC business for more than 13 years. Gary Bedard of Lennox Industries will continue to serve as Secretary/Treasurer for the 2015-2016 term. Donald Frendberg continues in the role of Immediate Past Chairman. In addition, the board voted to renew the terms of the following members: Chris Baker, Value Added Distributors; Marc Bridgens, Pennsylvania College of Technology; Dan Foley, Foley Mechanical; Mike Murphy, The ACHR News; and Terry Tanker, HVACR Business Magazine. David McIlwaine, president, CEO and founder of HVAC Distributors in Mount Joy, PA was elected as one of two new Vice-Chairmen for the NATE Board. McIlwaine earned an MBA from Drexel University and served on several community and industry boards and committees, including Assets Lancaster, Associated Builders and Contractors, HARDI, and the Boy Scouts of America. He has been honored with various […]