At Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we’ve been serving South Louisiana home and business owners since 1965. One of the keys to our ongoing success is the high quality of our HVAC technicians. That’s because all our techs are certified by North American Technician Excellence (NATE), a non-profit organization founded to recognize cooling and heating professionals with a high level of real-world knowledge.
NATE-certified technicians are the best people you can hire to work on your air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace. For service here in Houma and Morgan City, contact our team today!
Benefits of NATE certification
According to NATE, choosing a technician who has gone through the rigorous certification process ensures optimal installation and service of your HVAC system. Some of the unique benefits reported include:
- Reduced need for warranty returns and post-installation follow-up service
- Lower utility bills and energy use
- Advice from a skilled technician with demonstrated industry knowledge
- Longer equipment lifespan
- Increased peace of mind
In addition, techs who are certified by NATE tend to stay in the industry longer, increasing their value to contractors, consumers, and manufacturers.
How techs get certified
The certification process for HVAC technicians requires a series of multiple-choice tests. The Ready-to-Work certification is available for techs who have been working in the industry for fewer than six months.
The Ready-to-Work tests consists of 50 questions in subject areas that include tools, components, basic heat transfer, general safety, electrical safety, and measurements and conversions.
More experienced technicians are eligible for additional certifications, including the HVAC Support Technician credential and various installation and service specialties.
The Support Technician test includes 100 multiple-choice questions on tools, safety, basic science, construction terms, temperature and humidity measurements, and desired conditions.
Both tests are designed to evaluate the tech’s hands-on knowledge of the skills necessary to excel in the HVAC industry. The more experience an employee has, the more certifications he or she is able to obtain.
In general, installation specialists have at least a year of experience, service specialists at least two years, and at least five years for senior-level technicians.
NATE also offers a Core Exam, which is designed to test general HVAC and construction knowledge as well as general knowledge about safety, tools, and science. Passing this test is required for most specialty exams.
For NATE-certified technicians, call Bob’s!
Experience the difference that comes from working with NATE-certified technicians. We’re so confident in their abilities that we back our work with our Ironclad Guarantees. If you need HVAC services here in Houma or Morgan City, contact us for your consultation.