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Johnstone Supply of Las Vegas To Host NATE Testing at AHR Expo 2017

9/26/2016 2:08:39 PM

Johnstone Supply of Las Vegas will proctor two (2) sessions of North American Technician Excellence (NATE) technician certification testing on Monday, January 30, 2017 at the AHR Expo 2017. Technicians who have earned NATE certification are preferred among consumers, require fewer callbacks, and generate more income for their employers, thus earning higher wages on average and demonstrating greater value to employers than non-certified technicians. The NATE test sessions will be at 8 a.m. to 12 noon and at 1-5 p.m. Separate registration is required. Click nate-registration-ahr-expo-2017 for instructions to register. Those interested in testing must register by January 12, 2017. NATE is the nation’s largest industry-endorsed, non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) technicians. Candidates can earn installation and/or service certification in 11 specialty areas: air conditioning, air distribution, heat pumps, gas heating, oil heating, hydronics gas, hydronics oil, commercial refrigeration, light commercial refrigeration, ground source heat pump and senior efficiency analyst.

Jose De La Portilla Receives NATE Golden Toolbox Award

9/22/2016 12:53:41 PM

ARLINGTON, VA. – (September 22, 2016) –NATE is proud to announce that Jose De La Portilla of Lennox HVAC Learning Solutions has been awarded the 2016 Golden Toolbox Award. Presented to De La Portilla at Comfortech 2016 in Philadelphia, the NATE Golden Toolbox Award, given in partnership with Contracting Business magazine, recognizes an industry professional who demonstrates outstanding service, support, and advocacy for technician certification. De La Portilla earned his first NATE certification in 2004 and became a NATE proctor shortly thereafter. He currently holds Heat Pump, Air Conditioning, Air Distribution, Gas Heating, and Light Commercial Refrigeration certifications. In 2015, De La Portilla joined NATE Technical Committee, a group of HVACR industry professionals who volunteer to help develop NATE exams. In particular, De La Portilla helped NATE to develop the new Ready-to-Work and HVAC Support Technician certificate exams, launched in January 2016. Currently the Technical Training Manager for Lennox HVAC Learning Solutions, De La Portilla builds, manages, and conducts various training programs like Lennox Build-A-Tech, Virtual Build-A-Tech, residential and commercial load calculations, whole home performance, residential duct design, refrigerant piping and system design, and several other technical courses. “We’re so pleased to present Jose De La Portilla with this year’s […]

NATE Certification Affirms Contracting Competency

9/13/2016 11:07:27 AM

http://www.achrnews.com/articles/133354-nate-certification-affirms-contracting-competency HVACR certifications provide technicians, their employers, and customers legitimacy. Much like a degree or diploma, certification offers a seal of approval that the individual doing the work is qualified, educated, and knowledgeable. And, for HVAC contractors, some of the most coveted certifications available come from North American Technician Excellence (NATE). “NATE certification differentiates us from our competition,” said Bobby Ring, president and CEO of Meyer & Depew Co. Inc. in Kenilworth, New Jersey. “We help our clients realize the difference between a contractor who uses NATE-certified technicians and those who don’t, and we’re proud to offer the superior service they’ve come to expect from our skilled technicians.” According to Valerie Briggs, director of marketing and business development, NATE, more than 34,000 HVACR technicians have at least one NATE certification, which equates to an average of about 13 percent of the workforce, per numbers maintained by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In parts of the country with partnering utility and manufacturing programs that require NATE certification, Briggs said the organization sees as much as 30 percent of HVACR techs with NATE certification. BENEFITS FOR ALL Whatever their reasons may be for seeking out certification, NATE offers a bevy of […]

HVAC Distributors Hosts NATE Testing at Comfortech 2016

7/22/2016 3:47:05 PM

ARLINGTON, VA. – (July 22, 2016) – HVAC Distributors of Mount Joy, PA will offer North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification review and testing at Comfortech 2016 on Monday, September 19 in Philadelphia. HVAC Distributors Technical Services and Training Supervisor Eric Kravitz will lead a HVACR review from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, and proctor a NATE test session beginning at 1 p.m. Separate registration is required. Click here for instructions to register for the NATE review and testing session. The cost is $155 per exam. Those interested in testing must register by September 2, 2016. NATE is the nation’s largest industry-endorsed, non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) technicians. Candidates can earn installation and/or service certification in 11 specialty areas: air conditioning, air distribution, heat pumps, gas heating, oil heating, hydronics gas, hydronics oil, commercial refrigeration, light commercial refrigeration, ground source heat pump and senior efficiency analyst. For more information about NATE, visit www.natex.org.

NATE Board of Trustees Announced Membership

2/4/2016 11:16:15 AM

ARLINGTON, VA. – (February 4, 2016) –The North American Technician Excellence (NATE) Board of Trustees has announced its roster for 2015-2016, including a renewed chairmanship and seven new and replacement members elected to serve for the new term. The NATE Board of Trustees renamed Wade Mayfield, President of Thermal Services, Inc. of Omaha, NE as the 2015-2016 Chairman of the Board. Mayfield has been involved in the HVAC business for more than 13 years. Gary Bedard of Lennox Industries will continue to serve as Secretary/Treasurer for the 2015-2016 term. Donald Frendberg continues in the role of Immediate Past Chairman. In addition, the board voted to renew the terms of the following members: Chris Baker, Value Added Distributors; Marc Bridgens, Pennsylvania College of Technology; Dan Foley, Foley Mechanical; Mike Murphy, The ACHR News; and Terry Tanker, HVACR Business Magazine. David McIlwaine, president, CEO and founder of HVAC Distributors in Mount Joy, PA was elected as one of two new Vice-Chairmen for the NATE Board. McIlwaine earned an MBA from Drexel University and served on several community and industry boards and committees, including Assets Lancaster, Associated Builders and Contractors, HARDI, and the Boy Scouts of America. He has been honored with various […]

NATE Launches New Exams To Meet Workforce Shortage

1/14/2016 3:45:52 PM

ARLINGTON, VA. – (January 13, 2016) – A recent study conducted by the HVACR Workforce Development Foundation estimates at least 115,000 new HVACR workers must be trained by 2022 to fill jobs due to industry growth and retirements. In response, NATE has launched two new certificate exams: Ready-To-Work and HVAC Support, to help HVACR employers hire, train, and develop the best technicians possible and create a pathway to professional development and certification. “As the HVACR industry braces for a significant predicted workforce shortfall in the next few years, NATE is pleased to offer these two new levels of testing and training to help contractors recruit and retain new talent, including from outside of the HVACR industry. We are proud to add these new certificate exams to our ever-developing suite of testing to support technicians and the contractors who employ them,” said NATE COO John Lanier. Ready-to-Work Certificate This entry-level exam (complete with study guide included) is designed for technicians who are just entering the HVAC field with little to no formal education or training. Focuses on the fundamental job knowledge and skills a technician needs to know to enter the HVAC workforce such as component identification, tool identification, basic heat […]

NATE Honors HARDI Members at 2015 Annual Conference

12/9/2015 3:41:37 PM

ARLINGTON, VA. – (December 7, 2015) – At the 2015 Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) Annual Conference in Orlando, FL, NATE recognized nine HARDI member companies for their outstanding efforts to promote NATE technician certification in the HVACR industry. In addition to the Top Single Location Certifier and Most Improved Certifier honors, NATE announced awards recognizing NATE certifier organizations in the HARDI North American chapters/regions. The 2015 awardees, listed below, will receive large banner signs, which they can display in their locations to recognize their accomplishments, while also driving interest in NATE technician certification among their customers. In addition, each will receive a cash prize to be used to celebrate with their staff. • 2015 NATE Single Location Top Certifier: Mingledorff’s of Norcross, GA was recognized for certifying more NATE technicians than any other HARDI member at a single location. • 2015 NATE Most Improved Certifier: G.W. Berkheimer Co of Portage, IN was recognized as the HARDI member with the greatest increase in the number of NATE technician certifications from the past year. Regional Awards: • 2015 NATE Top Mid-Atlantic Region Certifier: HVAC Distributors, Mount Joy, PA • 2015 NATE Top Great Lakes Region Certifier: Refrigeration Sales Corp., […]

NATE Testing Available at 2016 AHR Expo

10/20/2015 5:52:43 PM

ARLINGTON, VA. – (October 20, 2015) – The Florida Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (FRACCA) will offer North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification review and testing at the 2016 AHR Expo on Monday, January 25th from 8am-5pm in Orlando, FL The test session will begin at 1 p.m. on Monday, January 25.  FRACCA will offer an HVACR Review Session from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on that day, prior to the test session.  Registration forms are available for download via this NATE Registration AHR Expo 2016 link. The cost is $155 per exam. Those interested in testing must register by January 8, 2016. NATE is the nation’s largest industry-endorsed, non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) technicians. Candidates can earn installation and/or service certification in 11 specialty areas: air conditioning, air distribution, heat pumps, gas heating, oil heating, hydronics gas, hydronics oil, commercial refrigeration, light commercial refrigeration, ground source heat pump and senior efficiency analyst. For more information about NATE, visit www.natex.org.  

NATE Now Offers EPA 608 Exams

9/30/2015 11:52:41 AM

NATE is now an approved testing provider for the EPA 608 Technician Certification Exams. Approved NATE testing organizations and proctors can now order and administer exams for EPA 608 Type–I, Type–II, Type–III, Universal certifications via our online testing platform with Castle Worldwide. Training guides for the exams are also now available at the NATE Online Store. To find a testing location nearest you to schedule a test session, visit www.natex.org/test

Former NATE Board Chair and CEO Don Frendberg Receives Golden Toolbox Award

9/21/2015 3:54:55 PM

ARLINGTON, VA. – (September 21, 2015) North American Technician Excellence (NATE) proudly announces the awarding of the 2015 Golden Toolbox Award to longtime HVACR industry professional Donald L. Frendberg at Comfortech 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Golden Toolbox Award, created by NATE and Contracting Business Magazine in 2006, recognizes an industry professional who demonstrates outstanding service, support, and advocacy for technician certification. Recently retired as Executive Director of the HVACR Workforce Development Foundation and a former Board Chairman and CEO for NATE, Frendberg’s professional background is a blending of experience derived from firms involved in manufacturing, contracting, and consulting engineering. These differing fields, all related to the HVACR industry, have provided him with a broad spectrum of technical, sales and business management involvement spanning fifty years. NATE Chief Operating Officer John Lanier said during the award presentation, “As COO of NATE, I’m proud to continue in Don’s footsteps and build upon his work at NATE to help contractors find the best technicians and help those technicians build strong careers, thereby building a stronger HVACR workforce, a cause we all know is near and dear to Don.” Lanier also announced the creation of the Donald Frendberg Scholarship to support qualified […]