But, what does this designation mean for the average homeowner?
NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence. It’s a third-party program that qualifies techs as experts in residential HVAC and light commercial and commercial refrigeration. For homeowners, this certification means that your tech has achieved a level of technical excellence above and beyond what is required, and can be relied upon to install and service HVAC systems properly. The NATE program is challenging, and the pass rate is relatively low, so certification is meaningful for both technicians and the homeowners who hire them.