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CERTA Train-the-trainer Authorization (Live course)


August 2, 2018
Building & Fire Code Academy
Elgin, Ill.—SOLD OUT
7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. CDT

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Item #: CLA-001470

Class description

This class is full. If you would like to be put on a waiting list, please contact NRCA's customer service department at (866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722). Thank you.

During a train-the-trainer workshop, you will complete a 10-hour accreditation program about how to teach torch safety. Through classroom instruction and hands-on torching activities, you learn the latest industry best safety practices for torch-applied roof systems. You also learn the teaching skills needed to train others about torch safety. After successfully completing this program, you will be authorized to conduct CERTA certification training for roofing workers. Authorized trainers receive training materials, including an instructors guide and English and Spanish editions of the CERTA student manual and training video.

This course will benefit roofing professionals at all levels who need to implement and expand their torch safety programs.

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

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Amy Staska
NRCA's vice president, NRCA University

Amy has been with NRCA since August of 2011 and previously worked for the association from 1996 to 2004. Amy has worked in training and education her entire career, including at Awana Clubs International—a nondenominational children's and youth Christian ministry—and the University of New Hampshire.

At NRCA, Amy started her work in health and safety; her initial projects were helping to author NRCA's first Safety Manual and Toolbox Talks. As part of the education department, Amy has helped with the startup of the Future Executives Institute, shaping and teaching For Foremen Only, and implementing the growing ProForeman certificate program.

Amy's responsibilities include working with the education department and NRCA University committees to ensure all NRCA University offerings are well-developed, thorough and meet member needs.

Richard Trewyn
NRCA's director of enterprise risk management

Rich joined NRCA in 2015. Prior to joining NRCA, he was the national safety director for TECTA, and he started his career at FJA Christiansen Roofing Companies in Milwaukee in 1996. With a degree in occupational safety and health from the University of Wisconsin—Whitewater and his numerous certificates and certifications within the safety field, he brings a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise to NRCA. He is an authorized trainer for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) 10- and 30-hour construction safety classes and an authorized Certified Roofing Torch Applicator (CERTA) trainer of torch-applied system classes. He also teaches NRCA's fall-protection and CERTA train-the-trainer classes.

Thomas Shanahan, MBA, CAE
NRCA's vice president of Enterprise Risk Management and Executive Education

Tom joined NRCA in 1989. He graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., and holds a master's in business administration from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. He is recognized as an industry health and safety expert and represents NRCA at industry and nonindustry events. The U.S. secretary of labor appointed him to serve on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) Advisory Committee of Construction Safety and Health from 2007 to 2011. He is a sitting member of the National Occupational Research Agenda's Construction Sector Council, which sets the U.S. research agenda for construction safety and health. He also has served on the oversight committee for the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH's) Prevention Through Design national initiative. Tom is active in regulatory actions affecting the roofing industry, working with officials from the Department of Transportation, OSHA and NIOSH. He also is known for his contributions to NRCA's Professional Roofing magazine and executive educational programming.

Bill Steinmetz

Bill is a third-generation roofing contractor who has installed all major roof system types. He has been active in the roofing industry since 1981. He is an instructor for and consultant to NRCA and is involved with training programs held in China and India. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., and has served as loss control manager for Midland Engineering, South Bend, Ind. (1981-1996), vice chairman of NRCA (1993-1995) and authorized Occupational Safety and Health Administration trainer (1996-present). He completed the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Trades Apprenticeship Program in 1985.

Jim Brauner
President, Brauner Safety Services Inc.

Jim is president and owner of Brauner Safety Services Inc. He started his safety consulting company after many years in training, sales, service and installation of commercial roofing equipment. He began working in the roofing equipment business in 1979 for his brother, Rick Brauner, at Brauner Equipment Co. He became vice president and managed the Chesapeake, Va., branch and Philadelphia locations. After record snowfall in 1996, he decided it was time to live in Florida. He developed Roofing Equipment of Florida with locations in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. He provided roofing equipment sales, service and training. Jim maintains membership in and continues to support the Central Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Association; Florida Roofing, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association; Midwest Roofing Contractors Association; NRCA; and Roofing Contractors Association of South Florida. He was CFRSA's president in 2007 and served on FRSA's board of directors. Jim received the distinguished FRSA Bob Campanella Award in 2014. He offers CERTA training; Occupational Safety and Health Administration site inspections; fall-protection, ladder safety, forklift and Lull certification training; and toolbox talks.

Location and Hotel Information

Class location:
Building & Fire Code Academy
2420 Vantage Drive
Elgin, IL 60124

Hotel Information:
Guests may call the hotel directly at (847) 836-9500 and request the BFCA (Building and Fire Code Academy) preferred corporate rate.

Comfort Suites
2480 Bushwood Drive
Elgin, IL 60124
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"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.


Participants must be proficient in the use of a roofing torch, be able to speak and read English, and have some experience training others.

Each Train-the-trainer Authorization attendee is required to complete a pre-qualifying questionnaire and submit it prior to the start of the class. Please download the CERTA Train-the-trainer pre-qualifying questionnaire and follow the instructions on the form.

Cancellation Policy

NRCA understands circumstances may arise that require you to cancel your registration. If you cancel up to 10 business days before an event, your registration fee will be refunded. If your cancellation is received 10 business days or less before an event, you may send another person in your place or receive a credit voucher that can be applied toward any NRCA University program during the next 12 months. Registrants who do not cancel before the seminar or do not attend are liable for the entire registration fee. All cancellations must be in writing. NRCA reserves the right to cancel any programs. If such a cancellation is necessary, registrants will be notified and an attempt will be made to reschedule or make alternative arrangements. Registrants will receive a full tuition refund for the program. NRCA is not responsible for other costs incurred. The registration fee is due and payable before the start of a seminar.

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