Interesting I know a lot of techs that can't pass NATE and I wouldn't trust them to work on a bucket. I also know some techs that passed NATE, only after multiple attempts and studying for months and I wouldn't trust them on the other end of the bucket. And yes there are techs that are very good that have not passed NATE but also have not tried. I think it also depends on when they passed. If they passed the original test they have to know something, if they passed the easier test maybe not so much.