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Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration

A guide for students in the air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration program at Wake Tech.

NATE General Information

NATE (opens in new window) is an abbreviation for North American Technician Excellence. NATE INC is an independent, third-party non-profit certification body for HVAC and HVACR technicians. "NATE certification tests are developed by the NATE technical committee. The NATE technical committee is comprised of industry experts who developed and oversee NATE’s Knowledge Areas of Technician Expertise (KATEs). Each exam is developed based on these knowledge areas of expertise. The technical committee represents a wide variety of perspectives including contractors, educators, manufacturers, and utilities. Members also are diversely spread throughout the country."

NATE Practice Exam Books