NATE partners with Interplay Learning to launch new online training platform

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Founded in 1997, North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is the nation’s largest nonprofit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration technicians.

“Many of our industry partners appreciate having their technicians and trainers use the training created by Interplay, and we have received great feedback from technicians, contractors and manufacturers who have taken Interplay Learning courses,” said John Lanier. , COO of NATE.

North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is partnering exclusively with Interplay Learning to launch a new online training platform for HVACR technicians, NATE Training Academy.

The NATE Training Academy is designed to provide technicians with a way to train for the NATE certification exams online at their own pace. Full online courses are all available on demand and can be taken at any time. Interactive and immersive online courses powered by Interplay Learning’s leading skilled trades training platform include “terrain-like” 3D and VR simulations, videos and knowledge checks.

The NATE Training Academy currently includes courses to prepare technicians for NATE’s Certified HVAC Professional (CHP-5) certification exams. The CHP-5 is a NATE certification pathway where technicians can earn their NATE certification through a series of five 30-question exams, each on a different subject area. NATE Training Academy’s CHP-5 courses cover every exam area: HVAC Basics, Electrical and Controls, Comfort and Airflow, Installation and Service.

Courses on the first two areas of the CHP-5 exam, HVAC Fundamentals and Service, are currently available. Courses on the remaining CHP-5 exams will be released in the coming months, and all CHP-5 courses will be available in early June 2022.

NATE and Interplay Learning plan to continue adding courses to help technicians prepare for other certification exams. Going forward, the NATE Training Academy will introduce courses to prepare users for NATE’s low GWP refrigerant certification.

NATE COO John Lanier explained that the launch of the new online training platform is part of an overall strategy shift in how NATE supports HVACR technicians. “In addition to certifying technicians and recognizing their excellence within the industry, we also want to help them achieve this, so we changed our model to create this training program for technicians.”

“We are delighted with our partnership with Interplay Learning,” said John Lanier. “Interplay is a recognized training provider that has registered its courses with NATE in the past. Many of our industry partners appreciate having their technicians and trainers use the training created by Interplay, and we have received excellent feedback from technicians, contractors and manufacturers who have taken Interplay Learning courses.

“The development of the new NATE Training Academy is a critical initiative that will actively address the skills shortage and help close the skills gap in the HVAC industry,” said Doug Donovan, CEO from Interplay Learning. “Interplay’s virtual, job-ready technical training aligns directly with NATE’s goals and we’re excited to be part of this effort. At Interplay, we work every day to improve the careers and lives of our customers, and this partnership is directly in line with our mission.

More information on http://www.NATEX.org.

About NATE

Founded in 1997, North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is the nation’s largest nonprofit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration technicians. As our company evolves to meet the growing demands of the HVAC workforce, the company’s vision – to be the leader in the development and recognition of professional HVAC technicians – remains clear. Based in Arlington, Virginia, NATE is the certification body that has been developed and supported by the entire HVACR industry for over 20 years.

NATE tests represent real working knowledge of HVACR systems. Developed by a nationwide committee of industry experts, our NATE certification exams represent HVACR topics relevant to contractors, educators, manufacturers, and utilities. NATE tests are rigorous, multiple-choice, knowledge-based tests that validate a technician’s knowledge.

About interactive learning

Since 2016, Austin-based Interplay Learning has been creating better training, better careers, and better lives for its customers and their employees. Its award-winning online and virtual reality training for essential skilled trades, including HVAC, plumbing, electrical, solar, multi-family maintenance and facility maintenance, is scalable and more effective than traditional methods. traditional training. Leveraging immersive learning technology, Interplay customers can train and practice hands-on learning from desktop, phone, tablet, or in virtual reality. The result is a highly skilled employee who is ready to work in weeks, not years. Its digital experiential learning platform, SkillMill, easily turns any space into a training lab with its short video courses, 3D simulations, knowledge checks, coaching, community and connectivity. Recent accolades include recognition by Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards in the Education, General Excellence and On the Rise categories. Welcome to the next generation of skilled workers. Visit https://www.interplaylearning.com/ to learn more.

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