What is the NATE Certification Process and Costs – Worth It?

Its not all that bad!

If you’ve ever looked into getting your North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification, then you know it’s not a quick or cheap process. But here’s the thing—it’s absolutely worth it! Getting your NATE certification exam will give you an edge in the HVAC industry and help you stand out from other HVAC technicians everywhere. Let’s take a look at why it’s worth going through all the basics, the NATE certification exam, the process, and costs.

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The NATE Certified HVAC Professional (CHP-5) exams are the modernized versions of the traditional NATE core and specialty HVAC exams. They are designed to maximize completion and minimize study burnout. eTech provides NATE certification training and guidance for these exams, helping students prepare for success in their chosen HVAC field.

eTech offers a comprehensive curriculum that covers all aspects of HVAC technology, from basic principles to advanced concepts. Students will learn about air conditioning systems, refrigeration systems, ventilation systems, electrical systems, and more. They will also be introduced to the latest technologies and techniques used in the industry.

eTech’s NATE certification training includes access to online resources such as practice tests and study guides that can help them prepare for the exams. In addition to online virtual classroom instruction and the NATE certification tests, eTech also offers webinars and other interactive learning opportunities so that students can stay up-to-date on industry trends and best practices.

By completing all the CHP-5 exams with eTech’s help, students will gain a valuable credential recognized by employers nationwide. This certification will prepare them to pursue a successful career in HVAC technology or related fields.

The NATE CHP-5 process consists of five 30-question exams. The exams are designed to mesh a technician’s training and industry certification and efforts with their on-the-job learning.

The five exams are:

  • HVAC Fundamentals
  • Service
  • Installation
  • Troubleshooting
  • Airflow and Comfort

The Benefits of NATE Certification

Having your NATE-certified technician badge can open up endless opportunities for your business. With this certification, customers will see that you have taken the time to put in extra effort to become NATE certified yourself, which shows them that they can trust in your quality of workmanship. Plus, having a NATE-certified technician on staff gives customers peace of mind knowing that an experienced and certified HVAC professional services their HVAC system.  Additionally, many manufacturers offer incentives to businesses that employ NATE-certified technicians.

The Costs

The cost of becoming certified varies depending on the type of certifications you pursue but typically ranges between $100-$200 per exam. NATE has various optional pathways, including online proctoring and exam fees. The total cost per exam can be reduced substantially if you have a local proctor. Ask an eTech consultant for guidance based on your circumstances. Start the conversation here.

Once committed, the process of certification is as follows.

  1. Training
  2. Testing
  3. NATE Exams – Any team member is not recommended to attempt the NATE exam without first training. The NATE exam tests on primary knowledge areas but lacks enough depth to upskill anyone. The exam is meant to measure competency when the exam is attempted. Formal training upskills and prepares the student for NATE testing and employment from a position of knowledge instead of memorized answers to possible questions.

While this may seem expensive up front, consider the long-term benefits of having your certification. It improves customer trust and confidence in your services. It increases job opportunities for industry professionals and those who have invested in themselves by pursuing a NATE certification. With all these benefits, NATE certifications are well worth the investment!


Investing in NATE certification for your employees will show them that you’re invested in their development, and it can help create a team of highly-skilled NATE technicians. For employers, substantial bulk discounts for team members seeking NATE certification are available to guarantee an ROI. eTech will provide instructional support for individual NATE technicians. The employer needs an internal contact to manage employee NATE certification tests and interface with eTech.

If you are an employer and would like to discuss exact confidential pricing information, please complete this form. Since eTech maintains a staff of Certified Master HVAC Educators that compose, write, and publish leading courses and programs, our pricing flexibility is unlimited. The employer company must be confident in its return on investment.

The Certification Process & Costs

First, steps must be taken to earn your NATE certifications in HVAC systems. You must first register for an account on the NATE certification website and pay any applicable fees associated with taking an exam or purchasing study materials for the certification exam. After completing all required exams, you will receive confirmation that you have passed all tests and are now a certified HVAC technician! Once you have determined which certifications are right for you, you can begin studying for them online through the eTech state-of-the-art Online Learning Systems.

The process and cost of obtaining your North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certifications may seem daunting at first glance. However, when weighed against all the benefits of having these certifications—including increased customer trust and loyalty; more sales skills; better job opportunities; manufacturer discounts; and improved skills as a technician—the time spent studying for certification exams is well worth it! Investing in yourself through learning new skills is one of the best investments anyone can make—and if done correctly, it can yield great returns! So don’t hesitate to start working towards obtaining those valuable certifications today!



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