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NATE Ready to Work Study Guide

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NATE Ready to Work course

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Ready to Work exam

If you’re interested in either starting or building a career in the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) field, it is critical that you have completed basic training. As Certified Master HVAC/R Educators, we see too many candidates that have begun working, usually with minimal success in the HVAC fields without working through introductory training courses.

Not being able to identify and work with essential tools, systems and equipment is a route to an unsuccessful start.

The NATE Ready-to-Work (RTW) course materials and exam provide a means of learning and proving your knowledge of the basics and how to apply them.

Existing HVAC Employee?
Catch up with the basics. The eTech series of courses are built to take you from the basics to advanced HVAC system technician installation and servicing proficiency.

Advancing Career?
We suggest that you begin with the RTW training. Nail down the fundamentals before proceeding with the more challenging subjects.

Brand New to the Trade?
One way to lower the entry barrier for employable candidates is to complete the NATE Ready to Work course and exam before applying. Applying with the basic training and the NATE certified certificate of completion shows genuine initiative and could help gain the attention of meaningful employers. These employers spend a lot of time scrounging through many resumes and applications to find the diamond in the rough and took the initiative to begin seeking nate certification training on their own (shows potential).

Just Graduated from Trade School?
If you have not already completed a NATE certificate or industry certification or level competency exam, you are making the hiring process harder on yourself. The exams (like a driver’s license) do not prove you are a great technician or driver, but it is evidence that you have a working knowledge of the skills needed to quickly become profitable and safe

 

The NATE ready-to-work exam is an essential training and exam course that provides basic industry knowledge without any in-depth technical understanding. The benefit of this course is that it is quick to learn and provides basic core knowledge for the new hire first experiencing the industry.

NATE provides the opportunity to sit for the exam online without a live online proctoring,. The exam can be taken anywhere, a reliable internet connection is available. The RTW process is an easy way to determine the suitability of an employee to stick to training commitments and assess low-level technical abilities.

It is commonly advertised that new hires can sit for this exam with little to no training. If an employee is newly hired to the industry, they would have little to no understanding of the issues and concepts presented on the exam. Without training, the candidate could be tempted to study for the exam on flash-card types of sites that help to memorize possible questions and a potentially correct answer. This approach is useless for training a new hire or other rookies since there is no retained learning.

The eTech Ready to Work RTW training programs provide technical training that you can build upon (stackable credentials) as your career advances.

 It is commonly advertised that new hires can sit for this exam with little to no training. If an employee is newly hired to the industry, they would have little to no understanding of the issues and concepts presented on the exam. Without training, the candidate could be tempted to study for the exam on flash-card types of sites that help to memorize possible questions and a potentially correct answer. This approach is useless for training a new hire or other rookies since there is no retained learning.

A NATE Certificate is one of a few manners of proving any competency in he HVAC systems industry.

This NATE Ready to Work exam is only available online and does not require a proctor, so it can be taken from any computer, anywhere, including at home.

 

Ready to Work Certificate Exam Study and Training includes resources in these areas:

  • Components
  • Component Identification
  • Tools
  • Tool selection
  • Tool identification
  • Measurements/Units
  • Area Volume
  • Using Rulers-Tape Measures
  • Electrical Safety
  • Electrical Safety Procedures
  • Electrical Science
  • Circuit Safety
  • Tool Safety
  • Basic Heat Transfer
  • Sensible/Latent Heat
  • Types of Heat Transfer
  • General Safety
  • Refrigerant Safety
  • Worksite Safety
  • Ladder Safety
  • Driving Safety
  • Protective Clothing

Once the Ready to Work training and exam has been completed, follow-on training programs are built to continuously up skill the technician, starting with fundamental industry skills and working through the complex electrical, refrigeration, and airflow topics. One at a time in short segments.

 

Does NATE offer HVAC Certification or HVAC Certificates?

The wording appears similar but the two ‘products’ are vastly different. One way to think of this is having a learners permit (certificate) or a drivers license (certification).

 

After a couple years of tenure consider the NATE CHP-5 Certification process.

NATE has built the Certified HVAC (air conditioning) professional Certification (CHP-5) consisting of 5 small exams that are attempted after training for each topic. Upon completion you are credentialed as a NATE Certified Technician. Alternatively, the technician can proceed through the five residential air conditioning training courses without attempting the NATE certification exams; the training is the same. NATE Air Conditioning Tech Training provides the benefit of certificate and certification in given subject areas. A NATE Certification is an advance in many areas-but not all.

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Commonly Asked Questions (and Answers)

READ MORE ABOUT THE READY TO WORK RTW EXAM AND COURSE CONTENT

The Ready to Work exam is an entry-level certificate exam is designed for technicians who are just entering the HVACR field with little to no formal education or training. It focuses on fundamental job knowledge and skills needed to enter the HVACR workforce.

This exam is only available online and does not require a proctor, so it can be taken from any computer, anywhere, including at home.

Ready to Work Certificate Exam Study and Training

  • Components
  • Component Identification
  • Tools
  • Tool selection
  • Tool identification
  • Measurements/Units
  • Area Volume
  • Using Rulers-Tape Measures
  • Electrical Safety
  • Electrical Safety Procedures
  • Electrical Science
  • Circuit Safety
  • Tool Safety
  • Basic Heat Transfer
  • Sensible/Latent Heat
  • Types of Heat Transfer
  • General Safety
  • Refrigerant Safety
  • Worksite Safety
  • Ladder Safety
  • Driving Safety
  • Protective Clothing

How much does the NATE Ready to work training cost?

WHY SHOULD I TAKE AN ONLINE TRAINING COURSE TO GET STARTED?

Etech Instructors believe that online courses are one tool to prepare a new or recently hired employee with minimal to no experience for a new career. The complete employer training package is the on-the-job experience in conjunction with online training on the basics that we all need to know to come up to speed as fast as possible.

We all know those who were never trained on the basics that suffer from that lack of exposure their entire career.

The build-a tech programs that have gained popularity may not prepare the new employee for real-life field work since the expectations are (very) high with minimal training time. Why not let the new hire learn the academics while learning actual equipment with experienced field personnel. Trade school students commonly have told us that “I learned more in the first month in the field than I did during my whole training!”

The training industry has heard (loud and clear) from employers about reluctance to spend money on new hires in case they don’t like the trade and leave and otherwise don’t work out. Point taken, eTech offers the 2022 updated NATE RTW training program at no charge.

The eTech training programs are updated for 2023 with a modern look and appeal. This offering is a significant investment in the future of the trade, and we hope you will consider our other training programs when selecting technical training.

How can I schedule the NATE Exam !

The ready to work (RTW) is an entry-level certificate exam is designed for technicians who are just entering the HVAC/R field with little to no formal education or training. It focuses on fundamental job knowledge and skills needed to enter the HVAC/R workforce.

This exam is only available online and does not require a proctor, so it can be taken from any computer, anywhere, including at home.

The exam must be purchased via credit card. Upon payment, NATE will email the codes needed for each exam.

Once your training is completed, eTech will forward specific instructions for registering and taking your exam.

What are the terms of enrollment ?

  • ETech or any assigns and successors may terminate access to this platform without notice.
  • The period of enrollment is for 60 days. Extensions may be purchased for $25 USD per 60-day period upon prior approval by eTech Management.
  • The scholarship program is limited to the first 500 enrollments per calendar year or until otherwise withdrawn or restricted.
  • Each enrollment application shall be assessed by eTech management for validity and may be withdrawn for any reason at any time without notice.
  • All other terms of use apply.