Association of Air Conditioning Professionals

NATE HVAC Technician Certification

  • Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Montgomery College Rockville, MD - Gudelsky Institute of Technical Education
  • 16


NATE HVAC Technician Certification
- CORE Class and Specialty Exam Testing

Registration Closes: March 29, 2018

Refresher Class: This is a four-hour refresher class for technicians who want to take the CORE Test. The refresher class will review the knowledge needed to take the test and will be held prior to the administration of the test. This is a refresher class - not a training process.

Specialty Exam, only: A technician can register to take a specialty exam without sitting through the refresher class. The registration process will prompt for the selection of the specialty exam.

Photo identification is required to enter the test site.

*Please note that you do not need to take the Core Exam before taking any other tests

About NATE Certification

North American Technician Excellence, Inc. (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:

  • recognize technicians who meet high industry standards
  • promote education and improve technical proficiency in the industry
  • give the industry a clearly defined structure, so that the consumer can easily identify qualified technicians.

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 the certification test should have a basic and working knowledge of HVAC equipment, installation and/or service, and prior related theory instruction (at least 240 hours).

The Certification Exams

An HVAC technician must pass the Core Exam and at least one of the Specialty Exams to become a NATE Certified Technician. The Core Exam consists of 50 questions and each Specialty Exam consists of 100 questions.

The Core Exam tests a candidate's general knowledge, construction knowledge, and HVACR-specific knowledge in the areas of: safety, tools, basic construction, using basic science, achieving desired conditions, taking temperature and humidity measurements, and basic electrical.

NATE offers three tracks - Installation, Service and Senior. You must choose one Specialty Exam from the following:

Installation Specialty

  • Air Conditioning Installation
  • Air Distribution Installation
  • Air to Air Heat Pump Installation
  • Gas Heating [Air Installation]

Service Specialty

  • Air Conditioning Service
  • Air Distribution service
  • Heat Pump [Air to Air] Service
  • Gas Heating [Air Service]
  • Oil Heating [Air Service]
  • Hydronics Gas Service
  • Hydronics Oil Service
  • Light Commercial Refrigeration Service
  • Commercial Refrigeration Service

Senior Level Technician Certification

To become a NATE Senior Level Technician, you must hold two [2] certifications by NATE. Consult the NATE website for complete details.

Exam Scores

Exam results will be sent to the technician, not the employer, unless the technician signs a release of scores form.


The AACP is an authorized proctor organization

Directions to Montgomery College - Rockville Campus

The class and specialty exam will be offered at the Rockville Campus of the Montgomery College. Download directions.


Cancellations received five (5) days prior to the class/exam will be charged a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date.

A maximum of 25 technicians are allowed.

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