As experienced homeowners know, finding a contractor that’s properly licensed and insured is the first step in guaranteeing a high-quality job – and avoiding any potential scams in your area! When it comes to HVAC systems, a particular type of certification that gets thrown around a lot is called NATE certification. But we know that doesn’t say much – what does it mean to be NATE certified? Here’s what it means and why we’re happy to offer proof of that certification for all our customers.
NATE the Organization
Certifications are generally given by those that keep up with the latest expertise and information in a particular industry. They then recommend and trained workers in that industry according to the latest protocols or techniques, ensuring those workers remain experts in their field. That’s why it’s always a good idea to look for certification!
In this case, NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence; a non-profit organization specifically focused on heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration. Only organizations within the HVAC industry are allowed to take part in NATE, although participation is voluntary. NATE’s job is to study the evolving technology in the HVAC world and the latest skills that technicians need to help install, repair and maintain devices. They can then offer targeted, consistently updated programs for those technicians to participate in – a little like ongoing trade school classes, but highly specialized and always current.
NATE offers certification through classes and tests about the latest HVAC systems and how they work. These are written tests that technicians study for and take to improve their real-world skills, and when they pass, they receive their certification. Once certified, technicians have to study again and retake the exam every several years to keep up with current technology.
NATE certification can also have specific specialties. For example, some tests focus on service, others on installation. Some parts also focus on specific units like gas furnaces, heat pumps, AC systems, air distribution, etc. Technicians don’t have to study everything, but being well-rounded is usually a plus.
Certified Technicians from Guaranteed Heating & Cooling
When contacting someone to take care of your heating and cooling system, always check to see if they are NATE certified! Businesses like Guaranteed Heating & Cooling typically provide certifications and testimonials on their website so that they are easy for new customers to check out. It’s also all right to ask a company if they have technicians specifically certified in certain systems or brands that you use for a little more peace of mind.
Guaranteed Heating & Cooling will be happy to answer any of your questions about certification and what certification our technicians have. We are proud to provide NATE-certified technicians for various specialties, so you know that the work is being done by experts. Don’t settle for a company without any proof of training or knowledge of current systems. Work with an experienced business that makes sure its workers have the proper certification for the job!