What is NATE Certification?

nate-we-employ-nateWithout oversight and certification, anyone could show up at your door with a set of gauges, a bottle of Freon and a roll of duct tape and call himself a technician. In serving San Antonio home owners for a minimum of sixteen years each, MD Air Conditioning and Heating technicians have seen all manner of Wild-West repairs and installations by fly-by-night operators. NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence. It was founded by like-minded experts in the industry who wanted to see more accountability for our customers.

There are over 32,000 NATE-certified HVACR technicians providing world-class service and installations throughout North America and MD Air Conditioning has answered the call in San Antonio. The new 2013 American Home Comfort Survey found that roughly 30 percent of homeowners who recently had new HVACR equipment installed had to have a technician come back to solve a problem. MD Air Conditioning and Heating strives to fix it right the first time, and help you to keep it properly maintained for the future.

NATE is an independent organization that certifies installation of services technicians with a knowledge-based test. From the perspective of manufacturing, distribution, and contracting, there were concerns that many individuals involved in servicing and installing systems and equipment lacked the proper knowledge and experience.

And as a result, consumers and contractors were unhappy with recurring callbacks and added costs; manufacturers were receiving unnecessary and costly returns of equipment that were not defective; and technical advisers were plagued with repeated calls on service and installation questions that should have been common knowledge. NATE was founded in 1997 and is the nation’s largest non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration technicians. The NATE organization is owned, supervised, operated, supported, and developed by the entire HVACR industry.

But what does it mean to be NATE certified in HVAC? NATE certification tests represent real world working knowledge of HVACR systems. Developed by a committee of industry experts nationwide, the NATE exams represent HVACR topics pertinent to contractors, educators, manufacturers and utilities alike. All of the NATE tests are rigorous, multiple-choice, knowledge-based tests and validate a technician’s knowledge. NATE candidates may earn Installation and/or Service certification in one or more specialty areas. NATE is headquartered in Arlington, VA.

Call MD Air Conditioning and Heating today at (210) 569-0928.