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Three Air Plus Heating & Air Technicians Achieve NATE Certification!


Air Plus Heating & Air in Charleston, SC is proud to announce that
three of our experienced service technicians recently became Nate
Certified. Founded in 1997, North American Technician Excellence
(NATE) is the nation’s largest non-profit certification organization
for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration
technicians. Headquartered in Arlington, VA, NATE is the
certification organization governed, owned, operated, developed and
supported by the entire HVACR industry.

According to a survey by Decision Analyst Inc., 90 percent of
consumers prefer a certified HVACR technician over a non-certified
technician to service their heating and cooling systems. It’s no
surprise that consumers want a job done right the first time.

Air Plus Heating & Air strongly promotes both in-house and
industry-provided continuing education and encourages our technicians
to achieve the highest level of technical expertise in the heating and
air conditioning field. The shining star in that process is NATE
Certification. Please join us in congratulating Jack Stultz, Austin
Huggins and Ian Tanner in this exciting accomplishment!

More about NATE (source: http://www.natex.org/site/383/About-NATE/History):

The History of NATE

Over 15 years ago a number of industry leaders came together to
discuss concerns with the overall quality of field service and
installation of HVACR equipment. From the perspective of
manufacturing, distribution, and contracting, there were concerns that
many individuals involved in servicing and installing systems and
equipment lacked the proper knowledge and experience. And as a result,
consumers and contractors were unhappy with recurring callbacks and
added costs; manufacturers were receiving unnecessary and costly
returns of equipment that were not defective; and technical advisors
were plagued with repeated calls on service and installation questions
that should have been common knowledge.

So in February 1997, North American Technician Excellence (NATE) was
incorporated with organizational funding provided by manufacturers who
guaranteed a bank loan through the Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration
Institute (ARI) and the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association
(GAMA). The NATE coalition was established with representation from
the contracting, distribution, manufacturing and utility communities
as well as several trade associations. An interim board of trustees
was appointed, while sector committees (precursor to today’s Technical
Committee) provided advice on test development. Pilot tests were given
and on November 8, 1997, the first NATE tests were administered
nationally.

Soon, our partners at the Air Conditioning Contractors of America
(ACCA) and the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) unified
their certification tests under the NATE umbrella. In 2000, our
coalition of partners expanded to include North American Heating,
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Wholesalers Association (NHRAW), the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other industry
organizations. By the end of 2001, more than more than 10,000
technicians had earned NATE certification.

In the first half of the 2000s, NATE introduced electronic testing.
Awareness and support of NATE began to grow. Manufacturers “dealer”
programs began to include NATE as a key component. The U.S. Army
awarded promotion points to soldiers who earned NATE certification and
the Montgomery GI Bill approved NATE, making veterans eligible for
reimbursement of test fees, a benefit that still exists today. And in
a first of its kind decision in 2005, the city council of Terre Haute,
Indiana amended its city contractor licensing code to require NATE
certification.

The second half of the decade saw New Hampshire and Texas each include
NATE as part of its state licensing process, while NATE expanded its
specialty certification suite to include hydronic heating, and
commercial refrigeration. During this time, we also introduced the
highest-level NATE certification to date—the Senior Efficiency Analyst
certification—to test a technician’s knowledge of the installation,
service, maintenance, and repair of HVACR system to maintain high
levels of energy efficiency. Consumer awareness of NATE was growing
and NATE worked to build on that awareness with the launching of the
www.hvacradvice.com consumer website to help homeowners find
contractors with NATE-certified technicians.

Today, there are over 32,000 NATE-certified HVACR technicians
providing world class service and installations throughout North
America and the numbers continue to grow. Our growth over the years
does not mean we can rest our laurels. Quite the contrary. Now, more
than ever, we need to increase industry and consumer awareness of the
benefits of technicians holding NATE certification. According to the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook
2012-2013, the number of HVACR technician jobs is forecast to grow at
a rate of 34 percent — triple the national average. Recently, Fluke
Corp. and its Workforce Trends 2012 survey found that 85 percent of
industry employers found it “difficult or very difficult” to find
entry-level workers that had acceptable skills while 38 percent of
employers said candidates lacked an applicable degree or
certification. Meanwhile, the new 2013 American Home Comfort Survey
found that roughly 30 percent homeowners who recently had new HVACR
equipment installed had to have a technician come back to solve a
problem.

That is why our new vision statement—a NATE patch proudly worn on
every technician’s shirt—is a relevant today as it has ever been.
Simply put, while there are many qualified technicians in the field,
many more are needed. It is still necessary to raise the bar for the
good of the industry and NATE must continue to set the standards and
certify the knowledge base for quality HVACR technicians. We know
where we have been and know that the future of our industry is
dependent on the continuing growth in the number of NATE-certified
technicians, for they provide the assurance of continued quality
service, installation, enhanced system performance, and energy
efficiency.

If you are looking for a Heating & Air Conditioning Company in the Charleston area, please call Air Plus Heating & Air at 843-225-6265 or click here to fill out our online request form

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