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NATE Launches Exams to Meet Workforce Shortage

NATE will be offering two new levels of HVAC testing and training in order to help contractors recruit and find new talent. The Ready-to-Work Certificate is an entry-level exam designed for technicians who are just entering the HVAC field with little to no formal education or training.

The course focuses on the fundamental job knowledge and skills a technician needs to know to enter the HVAC workforce, such as component identification, tool identification, basic heat transfer, general safety and electrical safety. The certificate can be used as a tool to ensure technicians have the basic skills needed to start on the job and begin their training.

The HVAC Support Technician Certificate is designed to be taken by a technician that has been in the field for six months to one year. The course covers topics linked to the NATE’s current professional level certifications, but at a more fundamental skill level. The certificate provides career-focused technicians the opportunity to advance and demonstrate their increased knowledge and skills to pursue NATE professional level certifications in the future.

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Beginning with basic theory and extending to complex troubleshooting, training courses covering refrigeration and air conditioning, heating, electricity, controls, heat pumps and safety may be conducted in a classroom environment or though self study. RSES publications may be purchased by schools, contractors, manufacturers or any other industry group wanting to conduct comprehensive training programs. Seminars covering air conditioning troubleshooting, electrical troubleshooting, compressor training, condenser training, refrigerant piping practices, DDC controls, and more are held in various cities across North America.

Select training programs offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and NATE Continuing Education Hours (CEHs).

In addition, RSES offers industry certification preparation materials for refrigerant handling (EPA Section 608), R-410A and North American Technician Excellence (NATE) examinations.

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