NATE

North American Technician Excellence

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

Technician Development

NATE has launched two new certificate exams to help HVACR employers hire, train, and develop the best technicians possible and create a pathway to professional development and certification.


Ready-to-Work Certificate


This entry-level exam is designed for technicians who are just entering the HVACR field with little to no formal education or training. Includes a study guide which focuses on fundamental job knowledge and skills needed in the HVACR workforce.
 

This exam is only available online and does not require a proctor, so it can be taken from any computer, anywhere, including at home.

The exam costs $50 and includes a downloadable study guide and available when exam is ordered. Retakes of the exam for the same technician cost $35 each. You can reserve multiple Ready-to-Work exams at the NATE Online Store at https://store.natex.org/nate-ready-to-work-exam-code 

Those who pass this exam earn a certificate, not a NATE certification. Therefore, no recertification is required.

  • Click here for exam knowledge areas or KATE for Ready-to-Work certificate exam

  • Click here for instructions on how to register and take the Ready-to-Work certificate exam

HVAC Support Technician Certificate
 

This exam is for technicians who have worked in the field for 6-12 months. The exam covers topics linked to the NATE professional level certifications, but at a more fundamental level, and provides career-focused technicians the chance to demonstrated increased knowledge and skills to pursue NATE professional certification.

Those who pass this exam earn a certificate, not a NATE certification. Therefore, no recertification is required.


Click here for exam knowledge areas or KATE for the HVAC Support Technician certfiicate exam.
 
 

Professional Certifications
 

Technicians with 2 or more years of experience can earn installation, service or senior certification in one or more of the following specialty areas. Click here to view the KATEs for these exams.
 
  • Air Conditioning (AC) Service exam also availalbe in Spanish)
  • Air Distribution (AD)
  • Heat Pumps (Air-to-Air) (HP) (Service exam also availalbe in Spanish)
  • Gas Heating (GS) (Service exam also availalble in Spanish)
  • Oil Heating (OL)
  • Hydronics Gas (HG) (service only)
  • Hydronics Oil (HO) (service only)
  • Commerical Refrigeration (RC) (service only)
  • Light Commericial Refrigeration (LC) (service only)
  • HVAC Efficiency Analyst (EA) (Senior Level)

Other Certifications
 

  • Ground Source Heat Pump Loop Installer
  • HVAC Performance Verifier (for HERS Raters)
  • EPA 608
  • Industry Competency Exam