ARLINGTON, Va. — North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a #CelebrateWithNATE campaign.

A special anniversary page,, lists campaign activities, which include:

  • A special video featuring industry leaders from manufacturing, distribution and contracting discussing the value of NATE to the industry;
  • A commemorative issue of the NATE magazine; and
  • Anniversary booth giveaways at industry events.

“For the past 20 years, NATE has been committed to elevating the industry by certifying the finest professionals in HVACR,” said John Lanier, COO of NATE. "The key to NATE’s longevity is that it was created and supported by the entire HVACR industry, for the benefit NATE certification provides throughout the value chain. We are thrilled to invite the industry to #CelebrateWithNATE to celebrate the progress NATE has made over these two decades, as we work to support the industry for decades more to come.”

As an ever-increasing number of industry professionals recognize the value of NATE certification, the number of certified technicians is reaching new heights. Today, nearly 34,000 technicians hold an active NATE certification throughout North America.

Stakeholders throughout the HVACR value chain benefit from NATE certification:

  • Technicians who have earned NATE certification are preferred among consumers, require fewer callbacks and generate more income for their employers, thus earning higher wages on average and demonstrating greater value to employers than non-certified technicians;
  • Contractors prefer NATE-certified technicians because they remain in the industry longer, know how to do the job right the first time and are more productive than non-certified technicians;
  • Manufacturers and distributors know that NATE certification encourages proper installation and service, which means fewer warranty returns and, ultimately, a better bottom line;
  • Educators and trainers benefit from NATE certification’s uniform testing standard;
  • Utilities appreciate NATE certification’s focus on correctly installing and servicing sophisticated HVACR equipment, which saves energy and money when operating at peak efficiency; and
  • Consumers look for NATE certification because they are seeking knowledgeable, well-trained, highly experienced technicians to service their home heating or cooling systems.

About North American Technician Excellence (NATE):

NATE is the nation’s largest industry-endorsed, non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) technicians. Candidates can earn installation and service certification in 11 specialty areas: air conditioning, air distribution, heat pumps, gas heating, oil heating, hydronics gas, hydronics oil, commercial refrigeration, light commercial refrigeration, ground source heat pump and senior efficiency analyst.

For more information about NATE, visit