Advancing the Roofing Industry with Education Initiatives and NRCA’s ProCertification™ Program Part 2

In this three-part article, members of the Roofing Alliance, the Foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), are discussing ways that the roofing industry can effectively advance through training and education initiatives and a nationwide certification program. With funding allocated from the Roofing Alliance, NRCA’s ProCertification™ program is a great way to combat the labor shortage problem while also helping consumers be confident that they are hiring qualified roofing professionals for projects.   

In the first part of this article, we discussed the benefits of the roofing industry integrating online-based education programs that bolster roofing training and roofing education in the industry. In this section, we will discuss the process for a roofing professional to pursue national certification in a specialized area of roofing.

NRCA’s ProCertification™ Program

Whether you are interested in furthering your career through a roofing certification or you see the incredible value in encouraging the employees of your roofing business to pursue certifications, NRCA is currently in the process of creating 18 certifications for roofing professionals. 15 of these certifications will be focused on different types of roofing installations for both low-slope and steep-slope roof systems. This includes commercial single-ply systems and more. There is a certification for roofing foremen. There also will be two certifications related to service and maintenance personnel positions.

Although NRCA is in the process of developing many of these certification programs, professionals can obtain certification in the following three areas:   

  • NRCA ProCertified™ Thermoplastic Systems Installer (e.g., TPO, PVC)
  • NRCA ProCertified™ Asphalt Shingle Systems Installer
  • NRCA ProCertified™ Roofing Foreman

How to Become Certified

It’s important to note that applicants must be qualified and pass two examinations to obtain these certifications. (Please note: roofing foremen only take an online exam). This is a three-step process that includes the following:

  1. Eligibility: You must be eligible to obtain certification in a specialized area. For example, to be considered for certification as an asphalt installer, the applicant must have 18 months experience with these roofing systems along with experience within the last year.
  2. Online Exam: The second step is that the candidate must pass a proctored online test that provides the candidate up to two hours to complete. This comprehensive test focuses on industry-specific exam questions related to the desired roofing certification that the applicant is pursuing. The test must be taken at an approved testing center.
  3. Performance Exam: The final step is that you must take a hands-on performance test that showcases that you can perform the manual tasks required. For roof installation certifications, you must install a roofing system. This test will be monitored by a Qualified Assessor that is approved by NRCA. The certification lasts three years with the option to renew your credentials.

To learn more about application fees and about the NRCA ProCertification™ program, we encourage you to visit the NRCA website. If you are interested in learning more about the Roofing Alliance and the benefits of a national certification program, please read part three.

Membership opportunities with the Roofing Alliance are available to all roofing professionals. For more information on our organization’s objectives or how you can make a commitment to the Roofing Alliance, please contact us today.