NATE Training and NATE Certification – Not all together what you think.

Should you pay for it if it’s not what you think?

Are you an HVACR technician looking to stay ahead of the curve with the latest industry trends and certifications? Look no further than our online HVACR training program! While North American Technician Excellence (NATE) used to partner with third parties to offer their certification training, they have recently started offering training directly themselves through the NATE Training Academy.

For many good reasons, NO other trade has decided they can train and then offer certification to their trainees.

To many, this is the same as the manufacturer offering installation services to homeowners. But don’t worry; our program offers comprehensive courses to help you earn your certification and advance your career.

NATE training is not what you think

Our HVACR Training Center programs also offer non-certification courses in residential HVAC service and installation that increase your skill level and minimize your training time and money.

This article might seem odd but read on. First, to understand why you should pay for NATE certification, you should understand your certification process and how other industries handle the process. Other options besides NATE certification include multiple certifications and non-certified training that might serve your needs depending on your expectation, budget, and time.

Cosmetology schools

Cosmetology schools cannot certify and license their graduates. They cannot offer certification since licensing by the government is universally required. Graduates of these schools typically receive a diploma or certificate attesting to their professional training and continuing education in cosmetology. Depending on the state, graduates may also need to take a licensing exam to become certified as a cosmetologist or aesthetician.

Real estate and mortgage loan schools

Real estate schools are not authorized to offer certification in real estate or licensing for their graduates. To become a licensed-certified real estate agent, a person must meet specific criteria outlined by their state’s governing body- not their school.

 Insurance licensing schools

Insurance license prep schools are not authorized to offer certification or licensing for their graduates. To become a licensed insurance agent, a person must meet specific criteria outlined by their state’s governing body.

 Vocational schools

Vocational schools are not authorized to directly offer certification or licensing for their graduates. To become a qualified professional in fields such as carpentry, automotive repair, welding, and healthcare, students must first complete an accredited program at a vocational or technical school, pass the required examinations, and submit the relevant application forms with fees.

Certification is awarded by a particular industry, such as the American Welding Society or the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Rules for specialty exams can vary a lot by jurisdiction. Still, the central theme is the school, and the certification exam are always separate entities. Licensing is typically regulated by state and local governments.

 Medical coding and billing schools

Medical coding and billing schools are not authorized to offer certification or licensing to their graduates. To become a certified medical coder or biller, students must complete an accredited medical coding and billing school program and then pass the relevant examination administered by their state’s governing body.

Truck driving schools

Truck driving schools are not authorized to offer certification or licensing for their graduates. To become a licensed truck driver, students must complete an accredited program that typically involves continuing education hours, classroom instruction, and practical on-the-road training. Government requirements may include passing a government written test, submitting an application with fees, and taking a road skills test.

The central element among these schools is that while they can prepare students for the licensing and certification exams, they cannot also provide the licensing or certification exam administered by a third party.

Can trade schools certify or license their graduates?

To become an electrician, plumber, or HVAC  in many growing areas of the United States, students must complete an accredited program that typically involves classroom instruction and practical on-the-job training. Upon completing the program, students must meet specific legal requirements specified by their state and local governments, including passing written tests, applying with fees, and taking a skills test. Trade schools are not authorized to offer certification or licensing for their graduates.

In fairness, the HVAC industry has historically not required any training or experience to enter and work in one of the most complex trades. NO formal training and NO certification are needed. This issue is reflected in (generally) lower wages compared to other trades outside the HVAC industry that have significant training barriers for entry.

Look at the common elements of the schools and programs above.

The central element among these schools is that while they can prepare students for the licensing and certification exams, they cannot provide the licensing or certification exam administered by NATE or other certification bodies. Only government authorities are permitted to administer licensing exams in the case of licensing.

Similarly, other certifications are administered by industry accrediting authorities. It is important to note that these rules vary from state to state and often require additional qualifications and tests for specific trades. So, checking with the relevant governing body for the most up-to-date information is essential.

No other specialty trade management-leaders have decided that the same accredited body can certify and train their trainees.

Should industry accreditation authorities be allowed to train and certify their graduates with privately internally owned schools?

To become certified technicians, students must complete an accredited program at a recognized institution and then pass the relevant exam administered by the appropriate authority. This ensures that all applicants have met particular education and training standards before being granted certification. Otherwise, they could be training-to-the exam which provides minimal upskilling.

The role of the industry accreditation authority is to evaluate and monitor the core curriculum and training of schools, ensuring that they meet industry standards and expectations. As such, they don’t need to take a more active role in the training process. In fact, the ethics of doing so could be in question.


Has the third-party certification process been tainted?

Is the intended upskilling compromised if the accredited testing body trains and tests its students for certification? Form your own opinion and choose your training partner thoughtfully. Remember that the most critical aspect of spending time and money on any certification process is that you have increased value to your customers and company.

NATE Certification is an industry-accepted certification body, and that won’t change. Your skill level and career options could be at risk unless you increase your trade, technical knowledge, and research ability. Combine qualified HVACR Training Center training and the NATE Certification exam for the complete HVAC career package

At our HVACR Training Center program, we strive to provide you with the skills you need to succeed in the HVAC systems industry. So why wait? Join us today and take the first step toward your HVACR career.

 Enroll in our HVAC, air conditioning, and refrigeration online training program, brought to you by HVACR Training Center. Our training courses cover everything from air conditioning to commercial refrigeration. They can be accessed across many mediums for HVAC technicians at any level and are priced for affordability. Combined with Certified Master HVAC Educator (CMHE) credentialed instructors and your dedicated study time, you can succeed.


Is spending company money on NATE certification worth it?

Training is expensive. The Fair Labor Standards Act and “Hours Workedgenerally affirm that wages must be paid while studying if the training program is not voluntary. This provision covers time spent performing the job duties and lectures, meetings, seminars, and training sessions.

Under certain circumstances, travel time and related expenses associated with obtaining training and certification away from your company’s location are also covered by the provision.

NATE certification exam fees can be expensive, given 5 separate exams with proctors. The price is substantially reduced if a local supply house offers free proctoring. If your company is training a group, apply to be a NATE Proctor and conduct the exams in-house. Remember that exams can be failed, and additional proctor and NATE exam fees apply. HVACR Training Center offers Certified Master HVACR Educators backup for remedial training plans.

NATE Certified technicians are not necessarily better qualified…

compared to their non-certified HVAC professional counterparts. Formal training, continuing education, and a willingness to ethically follow best practices always win. We “Employ NATE certified technicians” is an excellent marketing statement that helps to assure homeowners that they won’t be fleeced by untrained HVAC technicians or HVAC installers.

HVAC technician and installation training are not dealt with in-depth via the NATE Certification exam processes. The HVACR Training Center offers installer courses combined with the “Professional HVAC Industry Installer and Technician” certificate program.


Is spending my own money to become certified worth it?

Although obtaining NATE certifications and related industry certifications can be expensive and time-consuming, many conscientious technicians are willing to pay for NATE Certification costs out-of-pocket. This is because they recognize that industry-related certification makes them appear more valuable – proficient – confident – technically skilled in the HVAC professional technician labor market. As mentioned, the reality is only valid if ethically pursuing continuing education in new technology.

As they say, we could be wrong, but we doubt it. What are your thoughts?

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