NRCA Releases Training for Roof Application Careers Foreman Package

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has made available a Training for Roof Application Careers foreman package designed to help foremen preparing for NRCA ProCertification and to show workers who are training to be foremen what to expect. The foreman management training package joins four existing TRAC packages: asphalt shingle installation, thermoplastic roof membrane installation, steep-slope onboarding and low-slope onboarding. More than 1,000 participants already have chosen TRAC to help improve their roofing careers. 

Foremen who engage with the foreman management training package will navigate through scenarios that reinforce safety, customer service, quality and productivity—the four pillars upon which NRCA ProCertification is built. All scenarios are available for download, and participants are encouraged to discuss the best answers for their work environments with their supervisors. 

A one-time TRAC package purchase provides unlimited use of the training materials to enable employers to train employees at any time. 

Additional information about TRAC is available at nrca.net/education/trac

Free Qualified Assessor ProCertification Exams Available Through Cotney Construction Law

Cotney Construction Law will be providing Qualified Assessor exams at no charge for anyone in the Tampa or Orlando areas interested in testing for the shingle or TPO ProCertification designation by NRCA. “We are excited to support NRCA’s efforts on increasing ProCertification membership and professionalism within the roofing industry,” said Trent Cotney, CEO of Cotney Construction Law.  

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) offers a ProCertification program that assists in maintaining a professional, knowledgeable roofing industry workforce. ProCertification includes recommended training, readiness checklists and various certifications for roof system installers and foremen that will continue to attract and recruit high quality members of the workforce within the roofing industry. To receive this certification, you must pass an online exam and installers must also pass a practical hands-on test that will be scored by a Qualified Assessor.  Qualified Assessors are the only people who are trained and approved by NRCA to conduct NRCA ProCertification tests for roofing businesses.

“As a Qualified Assessor, I look forward to assisting companies interested in pursuing NRCA ProCertification. The program elevates the industry and I am proud to be involved with it,” stated John Kenney, COO and Technical Director of Cotney Construction Law. 

To learn more about the ProCertification Program, please visit www.nrca.net. To inquire about the free Qualified Assessor ProCertification exam, please email info@cotneycl.com.

For more information, visit www.cotneycl.com.

NRCA Partners With NCCER to Enhance Workforce Development

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has partnered with the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) to establish a workforce development solution for the roofing industry. NCCER is a nonprofit education foundation that develops standardized curriculum and assessments with portable credentials and certifications for skilled construction professionals. 

NCCER and NRCA are working together to create a career path for roofing workers to follow from education to certification. To that end, NCCER’s roofing curriculum is being revised and expanded. Consisting of two levels, the enhanced curriculum will prepare individuals to take NRCA ProCertification exams. NRCA ProCertification is the association’s national certification initiative through which experienced roofing workers who demonstrate substantial roofing skills and knowledge can become certified in specific roof system installations. 

“NCCER is proud to partner with NRCA to enhance the training of roofing craft professionals,” said Boyd Worsham, president of NCCER. “The roofing industry is an essential sector of construction — every facility from school to church to home has a roof — yet it is a craft area that is frequently underrecognized. In addition to expanding our curriculum, we also aim to highlight the critical role of these craft professionals in our society.” 

By increasing the number of roofing workers who earn professional credentials, NCCER and NRCA are helping enhance consumer confidence that certified roofing professionals have the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully perform roofing work. 

“NRCA is excited to partner with NCCER because of their strong commitment to workforce development that is inclusive of low- and steep-slope roof installation,” said Nick Sabino, president of Deer Park Roofing Inc., Cincinnati, and NRCA’s chairman of the board. “The partnership also will raise awareness for careers in roofing, enhance installer professionalism and increase the number of NRCA ProCertified® applicators in the industry.” 

For more information about NRCA, visit www.nrca.net

For more information about NCCER, visit www.nccer.org.  

NRCA ProCertification for EPDM Systems Has Launched

The National Roofing Contractors Association has announced experienced installers who demonstrate substantial skills and knowledge of EPDM roof system installation can apply to become NRCA ProCertified EPDM Systems Installers.

NRCA ProCertification is NRCA’s national certification initiative to create a competent, sustainable and high-performing roofing industry workforce. Certifications now available include NRCA ProCertified EPDM Systems Installer, NRCA ProCertified Asphalt Shingle Systems Installer, NRCA ProCertified Thermoplastic Systems Installer and NRCA ProCertified Roofing Foreman.

A roofing contractor’s certified workforce strengthens customer and supplier confidence; increases productivity; improves installation consistency and safety; enhances the company’s reputation and position in local markets; and increases profitability. Additional information about NRCA ProCertification is available at www.nrca.net/procertification.

For more information about NRCA, visit www.nrca.net

NRCA Announces NRCA Members’ Subcontract Labor Can Be ProCertified at Member Rate

The National Roofing Contractors Association has announced NRCA members now can certify their subcontract labor through NRCA ProCertification at the NRCA member rate. 

NRCA ProCertification, NRCA’s national certification initiative, aims to create a competent, sustainable and high-performing roofing industry workforce. Experienced installers and foremen who demonstrate substantial roofing skills and knowledge can become certified by NRCA in specific roof system applications. Additional information about NRCA ProCertification is available at www.nrca.net/procertification

Interested roofing contractors should contact Brad Martz, NRCA’s services sales manager, at bmartz@nrca.net to get a discount code to help their subcontract labor become ProCertified. 

For more information, visit www.nrca.net

NRCA Offers NRCA ProCertification Qualified Assessor Program Online

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the National Roofing Contractors Association has announced eligible roofing professionals now can complete the NRCA ProCertification Qualified Assessor program remotely. This opportunity will only be available for a limited time. 

NRCA ProCertification is NRCA’s national certification initiative for experienced workers who demonstrate substantial roofing skills and knowledge to earn certification in specific roof system installations. Qualified Assessors evaluate the hands-on performance of roof system installers seeking NRCA ProCertification. 

Qualified Assessors work independently and generate revenue by charging NRCA ProCertification candidates an appropriate fee for conducting their performance exams; gain access to NRCA ProCertification materials, including educational content, resources, manuals, policies and procedures, and testing locations; and become experts in all aspects of NRCA ProCertification. 

Experienced roofing professionals are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to continue advancing their skills during federal and state stay-at-home orders. Additional information, eligibility requirements and applications are available at www.nrca.net/qualifiedassessors

NRCA Offers Detailed FAQs for NRCA ProCertification

For those curious about NRCA ProCertification, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) offers detailed FAQs addressing many topics related to the program. Employers, installers or foremen will benefit from the NRCA ProCertification FAQs, which cover various topics and answer questions regarding the program and how it works.

To view the NRCA ProCertification FAQs, go to http://www.nrca.net/procertification/faqs.

For more information of NRCA ProCertification, visit nrca.net/procertification.

NRCA Recognizes the First ProCertified Professionals

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recognized the first ProCertified installers and ProCertified foreman at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception during the 2019 International Roofing Expo and NRCA’s 132nd Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

NRCA ProCertification, NRCA’s national certification initiative, launched in 2018 to create a competent, sustainable and high-performing roofing industry workforce. Experienced installers and foremen who demonstrate substantial roofing skills and knowledge now can become certified by NRCA in specific roof system applications.

The following individuals were recognized:

  • ProCertified Asphalt Shingles Installer: Juan Segura, Raincoat Roofing Co., Broadview, Illinois
  • ProCertified Thermoplastic Systems Installer: Rhyan McKinney, Nations Roof, LLC, Villa Park, Illinois
  • ProCertified Roofing Foreman: Nick Zwart, Korellis Roofing, Hammond, Indiana

For more information about NRCA ProCertification, visit www.nrca.net.

NRCA ProCertification for Installers and Foremen Has Launched

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) announces the launch of the NRCA ProCertification program, a national certification initiative for roof system installers and foremen. Through a series of assessments, NRCA will certify workers who meet certain requirements and then issue a verifiable professional certification.

Experienced roofing workers can demonstrate their skills and knowledge to become a certified roof system installer in specific roof system applications and disciplines. Certifications now available include NRCA ProCertified Thermoplastic Systems Installer (e.g., TPO, PVC), NRCA ProCertified Asphalt Shingles Installer and NRCA ProCertified Roofing Foreman. Certifications soon will be available for all system disciplines.

A roof system installer certification is earned by passing a two-part exam—online and hands-on. Benefits to certifying your workforce include strengthened customer and supplier confidence; increased productivity; consistency of installation; improved safety; enhanced reputation and position in your local markets; and increased profitability.

NRCA ProCertification™ is designed to create a competent, sustainable and high-performing roofing industry workforce. For more information and to apply for NRCA ProCertification, visit www.nrca.net/NRCA-ProCertification.

NRCA to Launch its ProCertification, Worker Training Initiative in 2018

To address the great need for skilled workers in the roofing industry, NRCA is launching a national worker certification initiative, ProCertification, later this year. The program will provide those interested in entering the industry with a clear career path based on industry-specific training courses and earned credentials.

ProCertification is comprised of two separate components: Training and Certifications.

Training

ProCertification training programs will teach installation skills to roofing field employees in roof system installation, waterproofing, rooftop solar, and repair and maintenance.

Because every roofing contractor operates his or her company differently and uses different manufacturers’ materials, the purpose of ProCertification is to teach comprehension and skills based on industry standards and best practices presented in The NRCA Roofing Manual. Roof system installers will be directed to follow instructions of their foremen, who are responsible for directing crews to adhere to manufacturers instruction and company practices.

ProCertification training programs to be released in 2018 are: basic roofing skills; low-slope decks, insulation and flashing concepts; and thermoplastic single-ply roof system installation.

Trainers throughout the U.S. will be qualified by NRCA and trained to help installers learn and practice skills necessary to successfully complete ProCertification training

Certification

Certification through this program enables experienced roofing professionals to demonstrate they can perform the work to industry standards. Participants will be able to earn certifications in all major roof system, waterproofing and rooftop solar installations, as well as roof system repair and maintenance.

Hands-on skills of ProCertification participants will be verified by NRCA Qualified Assessors. Online training for assessors will be available summer 2018.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net/NRCA-ProCertification.