The CERTA training program is ideal for contractors whose work involves torch applications.
The full-day program trains experienced roof system installers on the safe use of
roofing torches used to apply polymer-modified bitumen roofing products. CERTA training
shows how proper roof system configuration design and application techniques can
result in fire-safe installations.
In 1986, the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association (MRCA) in conjunction with
industry organizations, the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, and the United
Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers developed a curriculum to train
roofing workers in the safe application of torch-applied roof systems. This program
was named the Certified Roofing Torch Applicator (CERTA) program.
In 2003, insurance industry representatives approached NRCA to address concerns
about increasing incidents and losses occurring from roofing workers' torching activities.
The need for focused safety training addressing torching activities became apparent.
NRCA arranged with MRCA to adopt and revise the CERTA program. The current CERTA
program provides the best practices and newest industry requirements for torching
CERTA delivers these requirements through a certification program where authorized
trainers deliver effective behavior-based training to roofing workers. MRCA continues
to work with NRCA to make sure the program is up-to-date and of the highest quality.
There is no comparable training program available in the roofing industry.