North American Technician Excellence has announced that the testing organization has administered 202,970 exams to HVACR technicians since NATE’s inception in 2007.
Today, nearly 30,000 technicians hold an active NATE certification, with 20 percent of those technicians holding multiple certifications. The most popular exams taken by technicians are heat pump, gas service and air conditioning.
“NATE is the only certification organization developed and supported by the entire HVACR industry, and the true leader in certifying technician excellence,” said Peter Schwartz, NATE president and CEO. “Our mission is to act as a partner for today’s experienced HVACR technicians, helping them to demonstrate their ongoing ability to perform at the industry’s highest standards.”
Once a technician becomes NATE certified they are provided with materials that highlight their accomplishment, such as wallet cards, certificates and patches. NATE also offers an online locator that connects homeowners with contractors employing NATE-certified technicians. In an effort to make it easy for technicians to stay on top of their certification status, NATE created an online “dashboard” that allows the technician to login and view the expiration date for their certifications, their continuing education hours, as well as their local training and testing locations.