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For Foremen Only, Level 1

For Foremen Only is a program focusing on communication, leadership and management skills for field managers. The roofing industry is filled with foremen and superintendents who are incredibly adept at expertly installing roof systems and who were promoted because of that expertise. Unfortunately, these individuals often do not possess equal levels of leadership, communication and management skills needed to effectively run their crews. This program introduces the concept that managing, leading and communicating are tools needed to be a truly successful middle manager. It also uses interactive exercises to practice using these new "tools" to become effective crew leaders.

Course objectives:

After participating in this course, participants should be able to:
  • Identify when to manage and when to lead
  • Identify positive and negative approaches to communication
  • Recognize their own communication styles
  • Improve their communication skills
  • Articulate specific ways to increase crew productivity
  • Increase their job management skills
  • Identify steps to improve their own leadership skills
  • Implement conflict resolution with employees in discipline situations
  • Translate learning to on-the-job situations


"I promise that after attending just the first class, you will walk away with a much better understanding, as well as new tools to use, in both managing and leading in a professional manner."
—Derick Vander Meeden, Hoekstra Roofing, Kalamazoo, Mich.

"This class wasn't necessarily what I was expecting to attend. It was much better. It opens your eyes to a whole new level of communication and comprehension. I've learned some great techniques that I'm excited to implement in my role as a foreman."
—Breck Simonsson, Diamond Roofing, Manhattan, Kan.

"The class was worth my time and effort and I learned that communication is key to getting the job done safely and on time."
—Albert Parsons, Clark Roofing, Broadview, Ill.

"After taking this class, I feel that I am more prepared to handle leadership issues on my roof and be a more effective foreman."
—Pat Boedicker, Service Foreman, Frost Roofing, Wapakoneta, Ohio

"I learned a lot about leading and managing my team and how to take what I've learned and put it to use in helping me to be more productive, safe and more 'in tune' with my employees."
—Thomas Johnson, Spann Roofing, Conway, S.C.

"The class definitely helped me to understand that there's a difference between managing and leading."
—Sean LeBlanc, Nations Roof, Villa Park, Ill.

"This was definitely a good experience. I learned more than I expected. It was great meeting and interacting with those representing multiple levels of experience and professionalism. My problem has always been reacting to stress and frustration with co-workers. The class helps in dealing with that and disciplinary actions."
—Rodolfo Medina, Bluefin, LLC, Greenwood Village, Colo.

"Amy and Tom are enthusiastic in their presentation of the material. The information is useful for foremen and sales staff and I recommend this course."
—Curt Doucet, Johnson Roofing, Waco, Texas

"I learned a lot about myself as a leader. Being a former Marine, I realized through this class that I have the tools for leadership. Now I know how to express my skills to fellow roofers."
—Dustin Kerr, Hoekstra Roofing, Kalamazoo, Mich.

"I learned to how to be a better leader. The instructors explained the material in a way that was clear and easy to understand. We'll encourage our employees to communicate with their supervisor about work related issues."
—Miguel Ramirez, Clark Roofing, Broadview, Ill.

For more information about this and other NRCA programs delivered directly to your company, contact Jeff Jarvis, NRCA's vice president of sales and business development, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7512 or jjarvis@nrca.net.

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