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Industry Competency Exams (ICE)

Effective January 1st, 2024, the Industry Competency Exam (ICE) will no longer be available as a paper exam. Effective April 1st, 2024, the Industry Competency Exam (ICE) will no longer be available as an online exam. 

Over the years, ICE has served as a valuable assessment tool for industry competency, but evolving industry demands and advancements in assessment practices necessitate a reevaluation of our offerings. For questions, please contact us at

In place of the ICE exam, we highly recommend technicians consider taking the NATE Ready to Work Certificate exam or the NATE HVAC Support Technician Certificate exam.

The Ready to Work certificate exam is designed for technicians who are just entering the HVACR field, with little to no formal education or training. This exam focuses on fundamental job knowledge and skills. This online only exam is $50.

The HVAC Support Technician certificate exam is designed for technicians with 6 to 12 months of experience and covers essential HVAC knowledge and skills. It provides a comprehensive evaluation of a technician’s expertise, ensuring they are well-equipped to excel in their roles and strengthens the foundation needed to pursue NATE’s professional certifications. In-person exams start at $75. The exam can be taken online using NATE’s Live Online Proctoring or in-person with a NATE Testing Organization.

Order ICE Test Materials

Once approved as an ICE Proctor for paper exams, you can login with your username and password on Once logged in you can follow the directions here to create a test session and place an order for paper exams.
Proctor Script

Give the ICE Exam Online

Online exam sessions can be scheduled below. The exam itself is conducted through the provided link you receive after scheduling an exam. (Please click Formula TP Chart link below to provide copies of the chart during online exams).

ICE Proctor Online ICE Testing Instructions

Formula TP Chart

Please find the ICE exam session scheduling form below. Please allow for 1 business day for NATE staff to process your request. All required fields must be completed to schedule an ICE exam. When your ICE exam has been scheduled you will receive an email from NATE to the provided email address with the link and details required to host your exam. Please note you will receive a unique link for each exam type requested (Residential, Light Commercial HVAC, Commercial Refrigeration).