NATE certification for RTW and CHP-5

NATE Certification for Consumers And Techs


Earning a NATE CHP-5 Certification shows you have attained advanced level competency as an HVAC professional and stand out from others in the industry. NATE technicians offer higher equipment efficiency because they have been trained in modern servicing techniques. That is because technicians who earn this certification are preferred among customers; they deliver higher efficiency rates with fewer callbacks on pending jobs too!

TECHNICIANS: There has never been a more competitive marketplace than now for those willing or able to work within our industry–and that is why having credentials like NATE matters so much. You do not want consumers getting burned by unqualified contractors and technicians trying their luck to sell low-quality service while pocketing whatever profit remains after payment has already been made.

EMPLOYERS: Your technicians and potential hires need the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for their job – is here to train your technical professionals. Advanced training while attaining proficiency is a growing trend within our industry because it provides a sense of trust. Consumers often dread calling service people to their homes, and certification provides some sense of comfort.

HVAC and Mechanical Contractors prefer certified professionals because they remain more loyal than non-certified workers, who can sometimes be unreliable. Manufacturers know if there is an issue during installation or service, that having qualified NATE certified technicians would ensure that things get done correctly instead of later down the line at a much higher cost.

Whom does the NATE Certification belong to?

The NATE certification belongs to the technician, not their employer. Employers benefit by training and encouraging their workforce to become certified technicians. There are undoubtedly strategic marketing benefits to employing a majority NATE-certified workforce.

The North American Technician (NATE) is administering completion certificates available to technicians in the HVAC field. The upskilling pathway requires that you pass two separate exams before being recommended for certification: Ready-to Work (RTW) and HVAC Support Technician, both certificate-level pathways. Both programs are designed specifically for new hires who want their career paths set early.

The Certified HVAC Professional (CHP-5) pathway is intended for HVAC trades person seeking to make the HVAC industry a career choice. This pathway is composed of five separate 30-question exams.

  • HVAC Fundamentals
  • Electricity and Controls
  • Comfort and Airflow
  • Installation
  • Service

Technicians who pass the five exams receive the Certified HVAC Professional (certification).

How are the exams taken?

  • The Ready to Work exam is taken without a proctor online
  • The Support Technician and CHP-5 exams require they be proctored. The exam can be taken at an approved testing center or online using a third-party proctoring service.

The legacy NATE certification pathway consists of two arduous exams.

  • Core (Competencies)
  • A specialty exam: Specialties include Air Conditioning, Heat pumps, Commercial Refrigeration, and many others.

Certifications are renewed every two (2) years by paying a small renewal fee and providing 16 hours of continuing education hours. The 16 hours of continuing education help to remain current on advancing technologies.


What else is required of professional HVAC technicians?

EPA 608 is a federal certification program relating to the handling of refrigerants. The certification requires the technician to pass an online proctored examination

What are other programs recommended career development programs?

  • HVAC Excellence
  • ACCA Quality Standards
  • Building Performance Institute (BPI)



  • NATE CHP-5 Certification is necessary for those who want to be considered reliable and competent HVAC professionals. Given a choice, consumers and business owners will choose a certified technician and company OVER others not able to prove their competence.
  • Customers prefer NATE technicians because they deliver higher equipment efficiency rates with fewer callbacks.
  • Manufacturers and distributors prefer qualified NATE-certified technicians because they know that things will get done immediately instead of later down the line at a much higher cost.
  • Utility companies have invested millions of dollars in training technicians on efficiency and standards, yet a tangible benefit has been hard to prove. NATE certification, ACCA Quality Standards, and Building Performance Institute certificates are rapidly becoming required. Without one or more of the validations mentioned above, efficiency programs could soon be out of reach for many contractors and technicians.