The EPA developed four types of certification:
More information about EPA Section 608 Certification: www.escogroup.org
North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is the leading certification program for technicians in the heating ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) industry.
NATE is more than a technician certification program. Led by the leading trade associations in the HVAC industry, it is part of a comprehensive industry initiative to:
When a technician is certified in an area, it’s clear they meet a broad, comprehensive set of expectations - not just some standards for one kind of equipment or one model.
Those taking this test should have a basic and working knowledge of HVAC equipment, installing and/or servicing, and prior related theory instruction (at least 240 hours).
The Core Exam covers safety, tools, soft skills, principles of heat transfer, total comfort, and electrical.
An HVAC technician must pass the Core Exam and at least one of the Specialty Exams to become a Certified Technician.
There are five separate Specialty Exams — air conditioning, air distribution, gas heating, heat pumps, and oil heating. There are two types: installation and service (service technicians are automatically certified as installation technicians as well).
The NATE Air Conditioning Excellence HVAC exams are an industry-approved test of knowledge meaningful to HVAC technicians. The exams are designed to test what 80% of technicians need to know 80% of the time in a given year. It’s not an easy test, but nothing worth earning is.
More information about NATE testing: www.natex.org