NATE Revises Certification Exam – What That Means to You

November 27, 2013
Ross and Witmer

The most expensive appliance in your home is most likely your HVAC system. If not, it is certainly the most important element in maintaining your home comfort. So it makes sense that you would entrust that system only to the care of a qualified technician. That is what NATE certification is all about.

NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence. It is a nonprofit certification organization created by experts in the field. Technicians must pass rigorous tests in their areas of expertise to receive NATE certification. Now a team of 90 volunteers, all professionals and subject matter experts, have developed a new core certification examination. The test took two years to develop. Technicians across the country began taking the test last summer.

Developing the test has involved extensive trial testing to ensure that each question was accurate and relevant. Hundreds of candidates took trial tests, and statistics were analyzed to ensure an appropriate pass point. Questions were revised as needed.

What does that mean for you, the homeowner? Homeowners who look for NATE certification are insisting on the quality that can only a well-informed technician can provide. And the NATE-certified technician has gotten his training not just in the classroom, but also in the field. In fact, NATE recommends that technicians have at least one year in the field before undergoing the test for installation and at least five years before seeking certification as a senior-level professional.

If you’re trying to make a well-informed decision about whether to repair an ailing HVAC system or invest in a new one, you want the advice of a professional. That means a NATE-certified technician. When you are ready for a consultation contact the specialists at Ross & Witmer. You will find the NATE symbol assuring technical excellence at the bottom of our website.

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