ARLINGTON, Va. — North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2012 by offering 15 percent off of all NATE merchandise for the remainder of the year. Founded in 1997, NATE was created as an industry-endorsed, non-profit certification organization for HVACR technicians.

NATE said it has thrived over the past 15 years as a result of ongoing support from manufacturers, distributors, contractors, technicians, educators and trainers, utilities, as well as consumers.

Today, nearly 30,000 technicians hold an active NATE certification, with 20 percent of these technicians holding multiple certifications.

“Over the past 15 years, NATE has been committed to elevating the industry by certifying technician excellence,” said Don Frendberg, chairman of the NATE board of trustees. “NATE is the only certification organization developed and supported by the entire HVACR industry, and our ongoing efforts will ensure continual quality service and installation.”

To purchase discounted merchandise, visit the NATE online store at NATE is offering 15 percent off all items, including apparel, hats, chevrons, patches, decals, and accessories through Dec. 31, 2012, with promo code “15ANN.”

For more information about NATE, visit

Publication date: 8/13/2012