Explore a Career in HVAC
The average pay for an HVAC Tech is over $56,000. Is this the right job for you?
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- Provides a direct path and preparation to certification and licensure.
- Flexible scheduling with day or night programs available.
- Ideal for those who prefer to learn in classrooms.
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- Apprentices earn wages, though not high at first.
- Offers dental, health, and other benefits.
- Involves on-the-job training, ideal for tactile learners.
The exam is designed for technicians just beginning their careers in the HVAC industry. There are no prerequisites, but using a study guide to prepare is highly recommended before sitting to take the exam.
This exam and certificate is for early career technicians in the HVAC industry. The exam was designed for technicians that have 6 months to 1 year of experience in the HVAC industry.
Earning this certificate demonstrates increased knowledge and skills, and strengthens the foundation needed to pursue NATE’s professional certifications.
Some of the topics covered: safety, basic construction terms, basic science and math skills, achieving desired room conditions, taking temperature and humidity measurements, basic electricity, installation and service.
HVAC techs who routinely handle HVAC system refrigerants must hold the Environmental Protection Agency’s 608 Certification. Only those with this certification can legally buy, use, and handle refrigerants such as R-22 or R-410A. This is a requirement for anyone gaining experience as an HVAC Tech.
NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence. It is a testing and certification organization specifically geared to the needs of HVAC technicians. NATE’s certifications are recognized and accepted throughout the HVAC industry.
To gain NATE certification, HVAC techs must demonstrate thorough subject-specific knowledge and technical skills.
To receive this certification, technicians are require to pass a test of general HVAC knowledge and at least one specialized exam in installation or service.
NATE certifications are granted in air conditioning, gas or oil heating, air distribution, air-to-air heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps, and HVAC system efficiency.
NATE certification is completely voluntary, but employers may require NATE certification. Being NATE certified lets your customers and employers know that you have the knowledge required to diagnose and repair HVAC equipment at a professional level.