ARLINGTON, Va. - North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is offering a 15 percent discount on all NATE merchandise for the remainder of 2012 to help celebrate its 15th anniversary. To purchase discounted NATE merchandise in honor of the 15th anniversary, visit the NATE Store NATE Store.  NATE is offering 15 percent off all items, including apparel, hats, chevrons, patches, decals and accessories through Dec. 31, 2012, with promo code “15ANN.”

As an ever-increasing number of industry professionals recognize the value of NATE certification, the number of certified technicians is reaching new heights. According to the organization, 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,” stated Don Frendberg, chairman of the NATE Board of Trustees.  “NATE is the only certification organization developed and supported by the entire HVAC/R industry, and our ongoing efforts will ensure continual quality service and installation.”

An integral part of elevating the industry by certifying technician excellence, NATE achieved a milestone in its development in December 2011 – being accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Based on the 17024 requirements and a review of all NATE practices and processes, NATE implemented a wide range of updates and enhancements to strengthen its processes and ensure that the integrity of NATE certification is upheld at all levels.  On Dec. 13, 2011, the ANSI Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee (PCAC) reviewed NATE’s assessment report and granted NATE ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation as a qualified Certification Body. 

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