Who We Are
Founded in 1997, North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is the nation’s largest non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians. As our business evolves to meet the growing demands of the HVACR workforce, the company’s vision – to be the leader in developing and recognizing professional HVACR technicians – remains clear. Headquartered in Arlington, VA, NATE is the certification organization that was developed by, and has been supported by the entire HVACR industry for over 20 years.
NATE tests represent real world working knowledge of HVACR systems. Developed by a committee of industry experts nationwide, our NATE certfication exams represent HVACR topics pertinent to contractors, educators, manufacturers and utilities alike. NATE tests are rigorous, multiple-choice, knowledge-based tests which validate a technician’s knowledge. NATE candidates may earn Installation and/or Service certification in one or more specialty areas, including:
- Air Conditioning
- Air Distribution
- Heat Pumps
- Gas Heating
- Oil Heating
- Hydronics Gas (service only)
- Hydronics Oil (service only)
- Light Commercial Refrigeration (service only)
- Commercial Refrigeration (service only)
- Ground Source Heat Pump Installer
- Senior Level Efficiency Analyst
*NATE encourages the employment of NATE-certified technicians for superior installation and maintenance or service of heating, ventilation, air conditioning or refrigeration systems. NATE-certified technicians have proven their knowledge in the HVACR industry by passing specialized NATE certification tests. NATE does not directly supervise or employ technicians, and does not endorse or guarantee their work or performance. As a result, NATE disclaims any liability related to services performed by an individual technician or recommended employer.