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What Is NATE Certification?

If you have ever asked the question — what is NATE certification? then you will definitely want to learn about this important designation given to qualified HVAC technicians. While a licensed technician is not required to be NATE certified, it is an important factor for many homeowners because it gives them an indication of the HVAC technician’s level of training and expertise. Additionally, when technicians are willing to undertake the extra trouble to get certified by NATE, they provide a level of assurance that many homeowners have come to rely on.

It is important to keep in mind that not all HVAC technicians are NATE certified. NATE certified technicians are required to pass both a core examination as well as an exam covering a specific area of expertise. This additional exam can be one of ten different specialties, including light commercial refrigeration, commercial refrigeration, HVAC efficiency analyst, gas heating, air distribution, air conditioning and more. Depending on the particular field of interest, NATE certified technicians are able to demonstrate a level of expertise and training that surpasses that of many HVAC technicians who lack certification.

As a homeowner, you might wonder — what does NATE certified mean? It is important to consider the level of training and experience needed to pass these exams. A technician who passes the exams and becomes NATE certified has demonstrated an extensive understanding and mastery of the specifics of not only heating and cooling basics, but also crucial information for the area of specialization they have chosen. HVAC technicians who were NATE certified prior to January 1, 2014 retain their certification for 5 years; however, technicians who received NATE certification after January 1, 2014 will only remain certified for 2 years. HVAC technicians are now required to be recertified every 2 years. This is important because it ensures you always get a HVAC technician who is up to date on the latest changes in the HVAC industry.

When you want quality performance from your HVAC equipment, NATE certified technicians are certainly a great place to start. Additionally, making sure you have A/C maintenance each season is essential to keeping your air conditioner functioning at its best. Now is the time to give your HVAC contractor a call and schedule annual A/C maintenance.