North American Technician Excellence, Inc. (NATE) is the leading certification program for technicians in the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) industry and is the only test supported by the entire industry.
Providers of NATE-recognized training can display the NATE-recognized logo. Training which bears this logo applies to the industry-created NATE knowledge base, and therefore relates directly to KATEs (Knowledge Areas of Technician Expertise) and the NATE test. This training also applies to continuing education used for NATE recertification. A list of training providers showing classes and CEU’s which count toward recertification and an alignment form for providers of training to complete are on the NATE Information, Forms & Data section.
It is the responsibility of the training facility to apply for NATE recognition. The trainer does this by showing how the course curriculum covers topics included in one or more of the KATE outlines. By submitting the alignment form which shows how the course relates to one or more KATEs, trainers align their courses with NATE’s knowledge base and qualify as a NATE-recognized training provider.
Trainers who submit courses and whose courses have earned NATE recognition are listed on the List of NATE Recognized Training. They have done all the paperwork and legwork for technicians.
Classes technicians take that have not earned NATE Recognition can be counted, providing the technician writes a 25-50 word summary of each class he is submitting, showing how it directly applies to the SPECIALTY for which he is seeking recertification. In this case, the burden of proof that the class applies to the knowledge elements shown in the KATEs lies solely on the technician.
Providers can download a NATE Recognition form from NATE’s Information, Forms & Data page by clicking on the form, completing it to show how their course aligns with the knowledge base, and then they can fax, email, or mail it back to NATE upon completion.