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Points to Note:

  • NATE certifications must be renewed every two years.
  • Renewal requires either submitting 16 continuing education hours (CEHs) every two years, or retaking the specialty exam only, before the end of the two-year certification period.
  • If submitting continuing education hours (CEHs) to recertify, a payment of $30 for the first specialty, plus $5 for each different specialty is required.
  • Review CEHs recorded by logging in to myNATE or calling 703-293-4846 for assistance.
  • Certifications must be within one year of the original expiration date in order to recertify. Despite the early renewal of certifications, technicians must wait to earn continuing education training within their original certification period.
  • When renewing multiple certifications, all the certification dates will be changed to match the date of the most immediate expiring certification. For example, if you renewed an AC Service certification expiring September 2024 and a Gas Heating Certification expiring December 2024 together, both would have their new certification dates changed to September 2026, with both having an expiration date of September 2026.
  • The Ground Source Heat Pump Installer certification is renewed by following IGSHPA’s renewal process. You do not need to separately renew that certification with NATE; you can include it as part of your IGSHPA renewal.

Lapsed or Expired Certifications

If you have not renewed your NATE specialty before its expiration date– at the end of the month printed on your NATE wallet card– your certification is expired. Technicians whose certifications have lapsed or expired are no longer NATE-certified and cannot represent themselves as such. Any technician with an expired certification who represents himself as NATE-certified is behaving in a fraudulent and unethical fashion. These technicians may be denied future NATE certification and be subject to legal action. To become NATE-certified again, you must retake both the Core (if required) and specialty tests. Once you successfully complete the testing process, your new NATE certification will date from the time you pass the new tests.

Recertification Fees

These recertification fees only apply to recertification using CEHs. If recertifying by testing, the fee is determined by the Testing Organization.

Individual Recertification
Certified HVAC Professional (CHP-5) $30.00
Air Conditioning $30.00
Air Distribution $30.00
Gas Heating $30.00
*Heat Pump/Air Conditioning $30.00
Oil Heating $30.00
Hydronics Gas $25.00
Hydronics Oil $30.00
Light Commercial Refrigeration $30.00
Commercial Refrigeration $30.00
HVAC Efficiency Analyst $30.00
Multiple recertifications done at the same time for an individual technician
Two Recertifications $35.00
Three Recertifications $40.00
Four Recertifications $45.00
Five or More Recertifications $5.00 each
*Heat Pump recertification includes Air Conditioning re-certification at no costService recertification includes Installation re-certification at no cost.