ARLINGTON, Va. — North American Technician Excellence (NATE) has officially been recognized as an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited certification body.

In early 2011, NATE formally applied for ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation, which involved a review of all practices and processes in place. Based on the 17024 requirements, NATE implemented a wide range of updates and enhancements to strengthen its processes and ensure the integrity of NATE certification is upheld at all levels. Former vice president of certifications Patrick Murphy spearheaded the application for ANSI accreditation and led the NATE team in
their efforts toward achieving the goal.

On Dec. 13, 2011, the ANSI Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee (PCAC) met to review NATE’s assessment report. Upon their review, PCAC granted NATE ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation as a qualified certification body.

“The entire NATE family has spent countless hours working toward this accomplishment and we could not be more proud that NATE has achieved ANSI accreditation,” said Peter Schwartz, NATE president and CEO. “ANSI accreditation validates NATE’s ongoing commitment to meeting the highest professional standards of examination development, further establishing NATE as an unrivaled certification body in the HVACR certification arena.”

Don Frendberg, chairman of the NATE board of trustees, said NATE is the only certification organization developed and supported by the entire HVACR industry.

“This impressive achievement exemplifies why NATE is the true leader in certifying technician excellence,” he said.

Publication date: 02/6/2012