North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is giving all HVACR contractors the opportunity to "get in the game" of technician certification in 2008 by competing in its inaugural "NATE Bowl" contest. The testing and certification organization describes the contest as a "fun, inclusive, and rewarding way to build interest in getting more technicians certified and recertified in 2008."

"NATE Bowl is our way of creating some good-natured competition among contractors, and provide a wide-array of exciting rewards for what most of them are already doing -- improving the professionalism of the HVACR industry," says Rex Boynton, president of NATE.

NATE Bowl kicks off on Feb. 1, and is designed to get more technicians NATE-certified, or recertified, to get the best HVACR "team" on the field in 2008. For contractors, a larger number of NATE-certified technicians can mean fewer callbacks, less time spent on a job, and improved efficiency and productivity.

Prizes will be awarded monthly in respective "divisions," which are based on company size. Grand prize is an all-expense-paid trip for two to Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, Fla., in 2009, to be awarded later this year.

NATE is the only technician certification organization governed, owned, operated, developed and supported by the HVACR industry.

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