Not all certifications are the same, and learning which certifications provide value requires that homeowners vet a technician first before hiring. Once you understand the value of a NATE-certified technician, no other certification program will do. With its uniform standards and industry-wide support, the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) organization offers certification worthy of your support, as it benefits homeowners, too.
NATE began in 1997 as a way for vested parties in the heating, cooling and ventilation industry to provide a way to develop uniform testing standards for HVAC technicians across the country. Manufacturers, utilities, contractors and others, worked alongside the organization to create testing procedures and standards that result in a certification that means something.
Many other certification programs aren’t designed to test a technician’s comprehensive understanding of HVAC-related topics, day-to-day scenarios and problems encountered in the field. Instead, these certifications prove proficiency with one piece of equipment or one aspect of HVAC service.
A NATE-certified technician, on the other hand, has proven proficiency in a test that covers general HVAC knowledge, along with a specialty test of his or her own choice, showcasing knowledge within a specific field such as air conditioning, furnaces, heat pumps, geothermal or air distribution, in either service or installation. Further, NATE-certified technicians provide ongoing value. Once certification is earned, technicians must recertify , or take continuing education credits, every five years to maintain their standing.
With its stringent testing standards, homeowners can rest assured that hiring a NATE-certified technician means access to a fully vetted professional. Homeowners may also choose to request a NATE-certified technician who has earned specialty status within the field of work required. For instance, if you’re installing a new air conditioner, request a technician with specialty certification in air conditioning installation. If you need work performed on your ductwork, choose a technician with service specialty in air distribution.
To hire a NATE-certified technician for your next HVAC job, contact the Thermacon Service Company today. We are proud to provide quality HVAC services to homeowners in Beaumont. Give us a call today or visit our website for more information.