NATE Certification Program


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Full Price: $3,588.00
Pay As You Go: $500.00 down payment, followed by 6 monthly payments of $514.66

NATE Certified HVAC Technician Program

256 (or more) online instructional hours

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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.

About NATE
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. You can read more about NATE at:’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.

What’s Included

  • The current edition of the Cengage Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technology textbook is included in the tuition for this program and is shipped shortly after enrollment.
  • Four HVAC Industry Exam fees are included. Reimbursement for these fees is issued when a student submits proof of passing each exam and copy of each paid invoice or receipt.
  • 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 the employer purchases the program for the technician)

  • Regular reports on student progress
  • Notification of less than satisfactory performance

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
  • Business hour communications with faculty and student services 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.

What’s Covered in The Program:


Step 1: Ready to Work (RTW) Program (43 hrs)

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010 Employability Skills (9 hours)

050 HVACR Applied Math (12 hours)

106 Building Systems (3 hours)

109 Basic Hand and Power Tools (6 hours)

BHE Intro to HVAC Systems (3 hours)

OSHA 10 Hour Construction Safety (10 hours)

NATE Ready to Work Exam (included)


Step 2: NATE CORE Program (69+ hrs)

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015 Customer Service and Sales Skills (15 hours)

101 Fundamentals (18 hours)

111 Electrical DC Theory Plus (18 hours)

112 Electrical AC Theory Plus (18 hours)

Service Core Review (30 days)

TekAssist (Core Exam Practice Session) (30 days)

NATE CORE Exam (included)


Step 3: Air Conditioning NATE Certified Technician Program (144+ hrs)

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104 Copper Works (12 hours)

113 Electrical Common Components (18 hours)

114 Electrical Motors (21 hours)

121 Air Properties and Measurement (18 hours)

141 Refrigeration I (18 hours)

143 Refrigeration Cycle Service Procedures (9 hours)

242 R-410A Refrigerant Technology (18 hours)

241 Intro to Cooling System Troubleshooting (18 hours)

EPA 608 Certification Prep (12 Hours)

EPA 608 Exam (included)

TekAssist (Final Prep for NATE Certification Exam) (30 days)

NATE Air Conditioning Specialty Exam (included)


The first group of courses make up the Ready To Work Program and includes all the basics of beginning a career in HVAC. Successfully completing this program with a grade of 70% or more provides you with your OSHA 10 hour safety card (included); and you are prepared for your first NATE Ready-to-Work (RTW) Certificate Exam. This exam is optional. 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 series doesn’t end there – we’re just getting started – When you choose to continue into Step 2, it will train you for the NATE CORE knowledge areas, including the needed fundamentals. After you successfully complete this program with a grade of 70% or more, you have access to a Service Core Review and 30 days access to TekAssist. You can practice reading and responding to hundreds of exam Page 5 Catalog 3/30/20 questions for a full month until you have the confidence to schedule your 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, and we will mail you a check.

Once you have passed the NATE Core Certification Exam, you will be ready for the third and final group of courses that guide you through everything you need to know to pass yor NATE Air Conditioning Specialty at the Service Level Exam. Once you successfully pass this series with a grade of 70% or more, you can return to TekAssist to practice and brush up again. We’ve also included your EPA 608 Refrigerant Handling Certification Prep and Exam. You’ll be reimbursed for both exams. 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.

When you reach the end of the program with an overall passing grade of 70% or higher, 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 of Completion and your NATE Certification!

Note: The 101 Fundamentals course for Program Students requires that students must pass each module exam with a score of 75% or higher before they can move on to the next module. Once this strong foundation is established in the 101 course, students can then move through the remainder of their program at their own pace, one course at a time.

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

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