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What does ‘NATE Certified’ mean?

Posted on: May 2, 2012

At James A. Wheat & Sons, we’re proud to say that almost all of our technicians are certified. When we say this, we mean we’re certified by North American Technician Excellence (NATE). NATE is the national certification program for HVAC contractors in the US and Canada and involves a certification exam to certify that contractors are professionals in one or more specialty areas. The certification exam consists of 21 individual tests divided into installation, service and senior technician paths with specialties ranging from Air Conditioning and Air Distribution to Oil Furnaces and Commercial Refrigeration.

Why is it important to be certified? Well, certification is not a requirement to perform HVAC service. So when a contractor is not certified, you have no way of knowing if they actually know what they’re doing! We’re not saying every HVAC contractor without certification is unreliable, but it helps to know that they’re backed by an organization specifically designed to test their skills.

Best of all, NATE certification was recently accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)! ANSI is a third party standardization system that has been coordinating industries in the private sector for over 90 years.

For more information, visit www.natex.org or www.ansi.org.

Remember – an HVAC company that is not certified is not the end of the world. That said, it’s much easier to trust a company that has a certification! If you need air conditioner repair in Gaithersburg and you want to go with a company that’s NATE certified, call James A. Wheat & Sons today!