Western Technical College Approved as NATE Training and Testing Organization

Will Offer Training and Test Sessions for Those Seeking HVACR Technician Certification

El Paso, TexasJune 11, 2014 –Western Technical College has been approved to be a Testing Organization by North American Technician Excellence (NATE). NATE is the nation’s largest non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) technicians. As an approved testing organization, Western Tech will host testing sessions for candidates seeking NATE HVACR technician certification.

In addition, Western Tech has been approved as a Recognized Training Provider to offer HVACR-related training to those technicians seeking training for NATE recertification.

By passing nationally recognized tests and becoming NATE-certified, a technician verifies that they possess the skills and knowledge to perform at the highest industry standards. A technician maintains NATE certification by attending a requisite amount every technical training every two years to stay informed about the latest advances in the industry. Since the HVACR industry does not require technicians to take mandatory competency tests, many of today’s consumers hire contractors with NATE-certified technicians to ensure they are working with qualified professionals.

“We are pleased to be recognized by NATE as a Training and Testing Organization and look forward to offering our services for those interested in earning and maintaining certification,” stated Allan Sharpe, President of Western Tech.

“Our training and testing organization partners are the cornerstone of the NATE certification program. We are pleased to welcome Western Technical College to the NATE certification program and wish them success moving forward,” said Wade Mayfield, Chairman of the NATE Board of Trustees.

NATE certification tests represent real world working knowledge of HVACR systems. Developed by a committee of industry experts nationwide, our NATE exams represent HVACR topics pertinent to contractors, educators, manufacturers and utilities alike.

All of the NATE tests are rigorous, multiple-choice, knowledge-based tests and validate a technician’s knowledge. NATE candidates may earn Installation and/or Service certification in one or more SPECIALTY areas, including:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Air Distribution
  • Heat Pumps
  • Gas Furnaces
  • Oil Furnaces
  • Hydronics Gas
  • Hydronics Oil
  • Light Commercial Refrigeration
  • Commercial Refrigeration
  • Ground Source Heat Pump Loop Installer
  • Senior HVAC Efficiency Analyst


About North American Technician Excellence (NATE) Headquartered in Arlington, Va., NATE was founded in 1997 as the nation’s largest industry-endorsed, non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians. Candidates can earn installation and/or service certification in specialty areas including air-conditioning, air distribution, heat pumps, gas heating, oil heating, hydronic gas, hydronic oil, and commercial, light commercial refrigeration and senior efficiency analyst. NATE also offers the International Ground Source Heat Pump test. For more information about NATE, visit

For more information on NATE training or testing at Western Tech please contact Gracie Olivas the Customized Training Coordinator for the college at (915)238-2581 or visit




Live Chat Support Software

Live Chat Support Software