What Nate-Certification Is and Why It Matters Published on November 08, 2016 Hammond Plumbing & Heating in Kitchener always talks about how our team of experts are NATE-certified, and while it sounds reassuring, what does it truly mean? NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence and, as mentioned on their website, is the nation’s largest certification organization for HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) and refrigeration technicians. The organization is owned, operated, developed, and supported by the entire HVAC and refrigeration industry but not all people in the industry are required to be certified by NATE. The certification is optional and technicians can provide heating, cooling, ventilation, and refrigeration services without being certified by NATE. It’s important to Hammond Plumbing that our team is NATE-certified to be sure we are sending the most qualified and professional technicians into your home. To make sure professionals meet these benchmarks, the NATE-certification exams validate real-world working knowledge of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems for technicians. The tests are knowledge-based exams that assess the technician’s knowledge of these standards. Since Hammond Plumbing & Heating focuses on the HVAC side of NATE-certification and not refrigeration, there are only certain areas pertinent to our technicians. NATE exam candidates may receive installation and/or service certification in one or more of the talent areas listed below: Air ConditioningAir DistributionGas HeatingOil HeatingHeat PumpsHydronics Gas (service only)Hydronics Oil (service only)Light Commercial Refrigeration (service only)Commercial Refrigeration (service only)Ground Source Heat Pump Loop InstallerSenior HVAC Efficiency Analyst You can be confident the technicians at Hammond Plumbing to be highly qualified and professional to do the project right the first time. Our company has the knowledge and skill set to not only service and repair your HVAC systems, but to take the ultimate care of your equipment. Call 519-894-3222 to have one of our NATE-certified experts come out and make sure your HVAC unit is prepared to keep you comfy all year long.