You may have noticed our website says that all of our HVAC technicians are “NATE-certified which stands for “North American Technician Excellence” and is considered to be the gold standard for Heating Ventilation and AC technicians. Here’s why…
NATE Techs Pass Competency Exams.
You want to know that the HVAC contractor sent to your home is knowledgeable. While every business has its own training procedures, there is added peace of mind in knowing that the technician has passed an exam testing his aptitude. For the core exam, technicians can choose to focus on installation or service. The test covers topics like: safety, tools, science, temperature, humidity, and electrical components. Specialty exams may focus on areas like: air conditioning, heat pumps, air distribution, gas/oil heating, gas/oil hydraulics, and commercial refrigeration. To maintain certification, technicians must retake the exam every 5 years to remain sharp and current on technological advancements.
NATE Certification Is Difficult To Achieve.
Even though there are over 20,000 NATE certified technicians in America, the passing rate is much lower than any other third-party certification program. The passing rate is said to be in the ballpark of 43 to 57 percent. For this reason, NATE is endorsed by leading Heating and Cooling equipment manufacturers and industry organizations like the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA).
Why Certification Matters To Consumers:
Hiring a certified contractor ensures that the job is done correctly the first time, whether you’re getting a new installation or a repair done. Often, heating and air conditioning problems are caused by poor installation, so the best way to avoid issues is to call a certified expert. It can be a competitive market out there and it can be hard to choose between different HVAC companies. Since NATE certification is voluntary, it shows that the company adheres to the highest possible standards of excellence.