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CERTA Train-the-trainer Authorization

The Certified Roofing Torch Applicator (CERTA) program has been designed to address the concerns of building owners, roofing contractors, the insurance industry, fire and code authorities, roofing material manufacturers, equipment manufacturers and fuel suppliers.

This program provides the latest best practices and new industry requirements for the safe use of roofing torches.

Program success

The number of serious roofing torch-related fire incidents has decreased significantly since 2004 when the Torch Safety program was implemented in the roofing industry. For example, in 2002, one major insurance company paid 35 roofing torch-related fire losses of more than $1,000 and 11 of more than $500,000. In 2005, after only one year of the Torch Safety program implementation, the same insurance company paid 13 losses of more than $1000, including only two of more than $500,000. The Torch Safety program had made a significant effect on the safe use of roofing torches throughout the roofing industry.

Note: Class size is limited; prior registration is required.
Tuition fee includes all course materials, light breakfast, and morning and afternoon beverage service.


"In addition to proper use of torches and safety procedures, I learned training techniques that will help in teaching this and other classes I conduct with our employees."
—Brian Laney, Safety Coordinator, William Molnar Roofing, Riverview, Mich.

"The organization and presentation of material was excellent. The personalities of the trainers led to great interaction with the students. The opportunity to talk with other class members from around the country was beneficial."
—Chuck Sadowski, Safety Manager, SDC Group Inc., Norfolk, Va.

"This class was one of the most informative I have ever attended. If you are new to being a trainer, this class will be especially helpful in polishing your technique. I highly recommend it."
—Shawn McGoff, Titan Roofing Inc., Springfield, Mass.

"Attending was worth my time and effort because now I can train my own employees without going to an outside source. Learning the steps needed to register a class was very useful."
—Paul E. Fisher IV, Fischer's Inc., New Orleans

"Great class—full of interaction and good information on how to become a respected trainer."
—Ronald Lechlitner, Hoekstra Roofing Co., Kalamazoo, Mich.

"I came to the class with decent knowledge of proper torch safety procedures. But, after completing the CERTA course, I feel I gained a lot of valuable information that I can teach to others."
—Caleb Stauss, Don Stauss Big "D" Roofing, Ocala, Fla.

"The class was efficiently presented and the time went very quickly. The subject matter is extremely important and valuable to all companies that utilize torching on roofs."
—John Lupo, General Manager, John Lupo Construction Inc., Aberdeen, Wash.

"All furthering education for our tradesmen is a bonus. The ability to help our workforce perform their jobs safely in order to save lives and property is crucial."
—Rodney Brown, Architectural Roofing Contractors Inc., Louisville, Ohio

"It was well worth my time taking this class. It opened my eyes to a lot of information about working with open flames that I never knew before. Our work is repetitive in the field and knowing the 'why's' behind the dangers helps us to apply and teach more effectively."
—Peter Lang, Bay Area Roofers & Waterproofers, Livermore, Calif.

"Terrific class! Learned a lot about torch safety and how to teach and train others. It was well worth the investment in time and money."
—Jim Stalcup, Paragon Roofing Inc., Dallas

"I received a lot of valuable information to not only keep me save, but to also help my coworkers have a better understanding of safety precautions in torching."
—Rosendo Duran Gonzalez, MidAmerica Roofing, Romeoville, Ill.

For more information, contact NRCA's Customer Service Department at (866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722) or info@nrca.net.

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