North American Technician Excellence (NATE)

Air Conditioning Service


Credential: Air Conditioning Service  GI Bill resource CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: North American Technician Excellence (NATE)

Renewal Period: 2 years

North American Technician Excellence (NATE), Air Conditioning Service is designed for top level service technicians in the HVAC industry. Air Conditioning Service applicants should have knowledge of the installation, service, maintenance, and repair of HVAC systems that are limited to 30 tons or less cooling capacity. It is recommended that applicants have two years of field experience working on air conditioning systems as a service technician and technical training for theoretical knowledge. To earn the Air Conditioning Service certification, applicants must pass both a Core exam and an Air Conditioning Service exam. Technicians that earn the Air Conditioning Service certification are also awarded the Air Conditioning Installation certification. The Air Conditioning Service certification is not intended for the HVAC system designer, sales force, or the engineering community.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Air Conditioning Service

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 2 years recommended
  • Education
  • Training: Recommended
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 2 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

North American Technician Excellence (NATE)

2111 Wilson Blvd.
Suite 510
Arlington, VA  22201

Phone: (877) 420-NATE

Email: asknate@natex.org

  • Safety (18%)
    • Complying with Government Regulations
    • Personal Safety and Work Practices
    • Personal Safety Around Moving Machinery
    • Electrical Safety
    • Safety Brazing and Soldering Practices
    • Safe Handling of Containers
    • Understanding Hazmat
  • Tools (10%)
    • Tools
    • Tubing Tools
  • Basic Construction (8%)
    • Plans and Specifications
    • Plumbing (Piping) Layouts
    • Room Specs - Clear Span and Ceiling Heights
    • Roofing
    • Ceilings
    • Walls
    • Floors
    • Fenestration
    • Girders and Trusses
    • Chimneys
  • Using Basic Science (10%)
    • Chemistry Basics
    • Electrons in Electricity
    • Electrical Basic Terms
    • Magnetism
    • AC and DC Circuits
    • Basic Circuit Analysis
    • Electricity - Generation and Distribution
    • Solid State Electronics
    • Pressure Measurements
    • Mathematics
    • Mechanics
    • Gas Laws
    • Electrical Load Types
    • Power
  • Achieving Desired Conditions (14%)
    • Temperature
    • Humidity
    • Air Quality
    • Sound
  • Taking Temperature and Humidity Measurements (14%)
    • Physical Measurements - Temperature and Heat
    • Thermometers
    • Humidity Measurement Calculations
  • Basic Electricity (26%)
    • Symbols
    • Field Wiring Diagrams
    • Pictorial Diagrams
    • Schematic (Ladder) Diagrams
    • Single Phase Motors
    • Three Phase Motors
    • Variable Speed Motors
    • Actuator Motors
    • Digital Electrical Meters

  • Installation (15%)
    • Fabricating Copper Tubing
    • Installing Condensing Unit
    • Installing Packaged Units
    • Installing Indoor Equipment
    • Evacuation and Charging
    • Duct Installation
    • Installing Accessories
    • Field Wiring
    • Start-up and Checkout
    • Refrigerant Circuit Tools
    • Recovery/Recycling Machines
    • Airflow Measurements
  • Service (45%)
    • Planned Maintenance
    • Diagnostics
    • Overview of Electrical Troubleshooting
    • Retrofitting
    • Air Balancing
    • Basic HVAC System Analysis
    • Analyzing Reported Symptoms in Cooling
  • System Components (25%)
    • Introduction to Systems
    • Duct Systems
    • Wiring Layouts
    • Components
    • Electromechanical Sensing Controls
    • Refrigerant Circuit Controls
    • Non-Sensing Controls
    • Electronic Controls
  • Applied Knowledge (15%)
    • Air Quality Regulations
    • Electrical Code
    • State and Local Regulations and Codes
    • Fire Protection Regulations and Codes
    • Design Considerations - Comfort
    • Design Considerations - Components
    • Design Considerations - Residential and Light Commercial
    • Mechanical Code
    • Industry Standards
    • Bids and Proposals

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Air Conditioning Service examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

RECERTIFICATION

Air Conditioning Service

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Air Conditioning Service credential has the following recertification information:

  • The Air Conditioning Service certification is renewed every two years. Certification holders must complete 16 continuing education hours (CEHs), submit the application for recertification, and pay a recertification fee or retake the Air Conditioning Service exam and pay applicable testing fees before the certification lapses. 

    Additional information can be found on the NATE website.

Additional considerations for the Air Conditioning Service include:

  • There are no educational or work experience requirements, yet NATE strongly recommends that applicants have some formal training provided by an employer, a technical school or other educational institution and two years of experience before taking the required exams.

In Demand

This certification is considered in demand. The U.S. Department of Labor sponsored CareerOneStop's analysis indicates the certification is frequently mentioned in online job postings.

COOL Bucks

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COOL Summary

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%) and is eligible for CA under the CA MOS/ASI Related Option

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA under the CA Civilian Occupation Related Option.

Promotion Points

This certification has been approved for promotion points.

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Star

Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improves the MOS technical proficiency.

Skill Level

The Skill Level reflects the level, based on MOS training and/or experience, the Soldier should be the most prepared to successfully earn the credential. See the Table Legend for details about each level.

Navy Bucks

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CG Bucks

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 and Above

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 and Above

GI Bill®

Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill. Click for external link to GI Bill licensing and certification information.

Note: GI Bill approval data is updated quarterly. For the latest information, visit the WEAMS Licenses/Certifications Search page. Make sure to select "Both" in the LAC Category Type drop-down before searching.

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ANSI

This credential has been accredited by ANSI. Click for external link to the ANSI web site.

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ICAC

This credential has been accredited by ICAC. Click for external link to the ICAC web site.

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ABSNC

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NCCA

This credentialing program has been accredited by NCCA. Click for external link to the NCCA web site.

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IAS

This credential has been accredited by IAS. Click for external link to the IAS web site.

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

High

Highly attainable: mimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

MOS is Military Occupational Specialty
ASI is Additional Skill Identifier
WOMOS is Warrant Officer Military Occupational Specialty
AOC is Area Of Concentration Officer

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NKO e-learning

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Updated: December 03, 2019
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