May 3, 2010
At the AHRI spring meeting last week, I heard Dave Pannier,
interim president of North American Technician Excellence (NATE), say that
certification through this program has reached a plateau. He wants to know why
more technicians aren’t choosing to certify or recertify through NATE.
I want to know why, too. Are there any techs out there who
can tell me your reasons for not bothering with certification? Post your comments
- I want to hear your side because, frankly, I’ve heard stats that make it
sound like it’s stupid not to get certified.
Pannier rattled off a few of these numbers at the meeting.
The ones that stuck out to me were that NATE-certified techs have higher pay
rates and fewer callbacks than non-certified techs.
So can you tell me what your perspective is as a tech? Why
have you decided not to be certified? Or, if were previously certified, why
didn’t you want to renew after your five years were up?
I know that NATE is planning to create an industry survey to
find answers to these questions, but let’s get the discussion started here