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The Importance of NATE Certification

March 10, 2015

The Importance of NATE Certification

At Climate Tech Air Conditioning and Heating, we pride ourselves on having NATE certified technicians, but what does that really mean? You might wonder why it is so important that your technician have a NATE certification—or if it is even important at all. The answer is that it matters a great deal when you are choosing an HVAC technician, and we’ll look at a few reasons why.

But before we get into that, let’s take a moment to discuss what NATE truly is.

What Is NATE?

NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence. It is a nonprofit certification organization founded in 1997 by leaders in the HVACR industry, and it has the only universally accepted certification program for technicians, manufacturers, and contractors in the field.

NATE certification utilizes exams created by experts in the industry, including the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). These exams test a technician’s real-world knowledge about a specific field in the industry, whether that be air conditioning, gas heating, air distribution, or any other HVACR field. For most specialties, certification lasts for two years.

It is important to note that NATE does not train technicians. Its purpose is only to test them and give them an official stamp of approval to let you know that you can trust them to get the job done.

Why Is it Important?

It is true that in order to be an air conditioning or gas heater technician, you don’t necessarily need to be NATE certified. It is also possible to be a perfectly good technician who has never bothered with certification. But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t important to look at when choosing HVAC services. When you invite a technician into your home, you want to be sure they can be trusted to do their job right. After all, you don’t want to spend your money on people who end up wasting your time with mediocre service.

The point is that NATE certification is a way for you to know that your tech knows the ins and outs of his job. It is a third-party endorsement for the person you are allowing to work on your home’s heating and cooling system, and that’s what makes it so valuable. In other words, an official society of experts has shown their confidence that this person will do the job right.

Added Perks

What’s more is that NATE doesn’t let just anyone get certified. The tests are rigorous, and the certification process has the lowest pass rate of all programs in the nation. This means that a NATE certified technician is far more certain to offer quality service than someone who is either not certified at all or certified by some other organization.

Finally, NATE certification needs to be renewed every two years, meaning that your technician’s knowledge will be current.

When you are looking for an air conditioning technician you can trust, look no further than Climate Tech Air Conditioning and Heating. Not only are we NATE certified, but our technicians also have training in all varieties of AC units and brands, whether they are small residential units or massive commercial-grade systems. When you need AC service and installation in Texas this summer, contact us for quality service that you can rely on.

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