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NATE Certified Technician Program
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About the Program

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The NATE Certified HVAC Technician Program (NCT) is a comprehensive online HVAC education program encompassing a well-rounded set of skills used by installers and technicians who are seeking NATE Certification.  It covers all the NATE Core areas with a rich selection of foundational courses, and then focuses on Air Conditioning specialty at the Service Level.  The content presented in each course homes in on learning objectives that have been identified by HVAC industry groups (HVAC Excellence, AHRI, NATE, RSES, HARDI, PAHRA, and ACCA) as critical knowledge areas for an HVAC technician.


The program is specifically structured to provide for teaching the beginning skills of installers and technicians who are:

  • Just beginning in the HVACR industry
  • Require formal education to upskill knowledge and prepare for license or certification exams

The current version of the Delmar Cengage Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technology textbook is included in the tuition for this program.



NOTE: If you work in a state that requires a registered apprenticeship program, please click the link below to read about our HVACR Apprentice Related Training Program.  It is ANSI Accredited so you know you’re getting the best.


Online  Training

North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is the nation’s largest and most recognized non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians. NATE certification tests represent real-world working knowledge of HVACR systems. Developed by a committee of industry experts nationwide, all the NATE tests are rigorous, knowledge-based, multiple-choice tests designed to validate a technician’s knowledge. 


HVACRedu.net’s NCT Program is specifically structured to teach foundational skills to individuals who are new-to-the-industry and non-certified installers and technicians who want formal education to upskill their knowledge and prepare for licensing or certification exams.


The best way of getting the look and feel of the program is to schedule a live demonstration with one of us.

Online  Training

The online program is a Career Technical Education (CTE) model. Courses are entirely online with access 24/7/365.  Class is always open. Student support is provided by our student services crew and faculty instructors through email, chat, our campus messaging system, and phone. 


For the Employer (if applicable to your situation)

  • Employer notification of less than satisfactory performance
  • Reporting to employer on student progress


For the Student

  • Registration into each course in the program sequence one at a time
  • Certificate of Completion upon successfully passing each course
  • Online Faculty- mentoring and technical topic assistance directly for each student
  • Business hour communications via email, chat, and phone



Training and Time Management

The online program model is called an Asynchronous Learning Network (ALN). Studying is done on each tech’s own schedule, on his time and at his place; but a commitment to regular study is essential to ensure completion of each course within its 60-day enrollment. Students can move through course material more quickly or take the full 60 days per course, as they choose.


The best way of getting the look and feel of the program is to schedule a live demonstration with one of us.

What's Covered In The Program
242 or more hours

​​​​​​​Step 1:

101 HVAC Fundamentals (18 hours)

050 Applied Math Review (15 hours)

102 Safety (18 hours)

106 Building Systems Review (3 hours)

109 Basic Hand and Power Tools (6 hours)

NATE Ready to Work Exam @ 60 Hours


Step 2:

111 Electrical DC Theory Plus (18 hours)

112 Electrical AC Theory Plus (18 hours)

113 Electrical Common Components (18 hours)

114 Electrical Motors (21 hours)

121 System Properties & Measurement (18 hours)

141 Refrigeration I (18 hours)

NATE CORE Exam @ 171 Hours

​​​​​​​Step 3:

142 Refrigeration II (18 hours)

241 Intro to Cooling System Troubleshooting (18 hours)

242 R-410A Refrigerant Technology (18 hours)

010 Employability Skills (9 hours)

NATE Air Conditioning Specialty Exam @ 234 Hours


Step 4:

EPA 608 Certification Prep (8 Hours)

EPA 608 Exam @ 8 Hours


Total Program Time:  242 Hours



And there's more...

After you successfully complete the first group of courses with a grade of 75% or more, you are ready to take your first NATE Ready-to-Work (RTW) Certificate Exam. The RTW exam is not a proctored exam. Any tech can purchase the exam on their own (it comes with a PDF study guide) and take it at home.  The exam fee will be refunded to you in full!  All we need is for you to email us proof that you passed the exam and a copy of your paid invoice/receipt. We will mail you a check. 


But this program doesn’t end there – we continue to train you for higher levels of NATE Certified HVAC Technician credentials.  After you successfully complete the second group of courses, you are ready to take the NATE Core Exam at the service level.  Again, the NATE Exam fee will be refunded to you in full!  Just send us proof of your passing the exam and a copy of your paid invoice/receipt.


Once you have passed the NATE Core Certification Exam, you will be ready for the third group of courses.  When they are successfully completed, you will be prepared for the NATE Air Conditioning Specialty Service Level Exam, the focus of this program.  Send us your proof of passing the exam with a copy of your paid invoice/receipt, and we’ll reimburse you for the exam fee.


And finally, the program concludes with EPA 608 Prep and exam.  You’ll be reimbursed for the exam fee, just as described above. 


When you reach the end of the program you will receive a Certificate of Completion for the NATE Certified HVAC Technician Program.  This is the program that pays you for upskilling your credentials.  You can be proud of your Certificate and your NATE Certification!


Note:  For complete individual course descriptions, go to the corresponding course number listed in our Master Catalog.


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