What Sets NATE Certification Apart From Other Testing Organizations?
NATE certification sets the professional who services your HVAC system apart from others who may claim to have adequate training and expertise but can’t prove it. The North American Technician Excellence (NATE) program tests the skills and education of heating and air conditioning field technicians—those on the front line of HVAC service.
Founded in 1997, the NATE program is the nation’s largest testing and certifying organization for the heating and cooling industry, with more than 26,000 technicians having earned NATE certification. Customer surveys show that nearly twice as many customers report a positive experience when NATE-certified technicians service their home heating and cooling equipment, and over 80 percent say they will hire the same contractor next time.
How do they get certified?
Candidates are required to pass a comprehensive examination covering core knowledge of HVAC technology, plus an additional exam in one of several specialties. To be recertified, technicians must complete at least 60 hours of continuing education in their HVAC specialty over the next five years, plus pass another examination on that topic.
Service technicians with NATE certification know:
- Proper installation of heating and cooling components is crucial. HVAC equipment installed by NATE technicians delivers the energy savings and performance promised by the manufacturer’s specs.
- Servicing today’s equipment requires high-tech, specialized test equipment to measure and adjust critical system functions. NATE technicians are trained in the operation of the latest technology.
- Healthy indoor air quality is a growing concern. NATE-certified technicians are trained in areas like ductwork leakage, air infiltration and air balance that are vital to keeping conditioned air free of pollutants and contaminants from both outdoor and indoor sources.
- Central air conditioners utilize high voltages. Gas-fired heating systems incorporate combustion that produces dangerous by-products like carbon monoxide gas. For your family’s safety and peace of mind, choose trained technicians certified by NATE to install and service this equipment.
Sobieski Services is proud to employ field technicians with NATE certification. Our goal is to help educate our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC & plumbing systems).
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