What Does NATE Certification Mean?
April 7th, 2016 by THS
You may have seen this designation when researching HVAC providers in your area. NATE certification is a very important designation to have, as it means the technicians are qualified to perform all HVAC repairs and installations in a home or business. NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence, the leading non-profit certification program for technicians in the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry.
Thornton Heating Service, is proud to be NATE certified throughout Libertyville IL and beyond. We have been serving the Chicagoland area since 1959 with reliable, energy-efficient products and services for your home or business. We take the NATE certification very seriously and recognize its importance in providing excellence within the industry. Obtaining NATE certification means our team has working knowledge of HVAC systems, allowing us to be certified in specific knowledge areas. We are proud to have earned installation, service and senior certification in these areas:
- Air Conditioning
- Air Distribution
- Heat Pumps (Air-to-Air)
- Gas Heating
- Oil Heating
- Hydronics Gas
- Hydronics Oil
- Light Commercial Refrigeration
- Commercial Refrigeration
- Ground Source Heat Pump Loop Installer
- HVAC Efficiency Analyst (Senior Level)
History of NATE
As the country’s biggest non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians, NATE got its start in 1997 with headquarters in Arlington, VA. This organization is governed, owned, operated and supported by the industry as a whole, making it the go-to resource for certification needs around the country and North America. Designed to test real-world applications and skills, technicians wishing to be NATE certified must take a series of exams pertaining to various specialties of the business, with multiple-choice, knowledge-based tests that back up a technicians’ knowledge on the subject matter.
NATE was created in response to too many incidents of unhappy customers and callbacks to technicians who serve and install HVAC equipment. The conclusion was that too many technicians didn’t have the knowledge of experience to provide a well-rounded service suite. This was leading to recurring callbacks, additional unnecessary costs, returns of non-defective equipment and repeated service calls on routine services that should have been correctly performed in the first place. It was created to represent the following communities:
- Trade associations
Once 2001 came to a close, more than 10,000 technicians were on board with NATE certification, with the organization made up of the following:
- Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA)
- Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES)
- North American Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning
- Wholesalers Association (NHRAW)
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Since then, many states such as New Hampshire and Texas have incorporated NATE as part of their state licensing processes. Even the U.S. Army promotes soldiers who earn their NATE certifications. Fast forward to today and we see that there are 32,000 NATE-certified HVACR technicians throughout North America. Displaying the NATE logo means technicians have gone above and beyond to ensure continued quality service, installation, enhanced system performance, and energy efficiency. Here at Thornton Heating Service, we proudly display that designation and continue our unparalleled service to our customers.
For more information on how our NATE certified team can assist you throughout Libertyville IL and beyond, contact us at 847-905-1608. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your convenience, offering a variety of heating and cooling services ranging from repair to installation. Schedule your in-home appointment today!