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.
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.
For more information, contact Diana Arroyo, manager of NRCA University at (847) 299-9070, ext. 7597, or CERTAadmin@nrca.net.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fischer's Inc., New Orleans
Great class—full of interaction and good information on how to become a respected trainer.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
MidAmerica Roofing, Romeoville, Ill.
If at any time during an authorized CERTA trainer's term he is found not complying with the policies and procedures set forth in the CERTA program or takes any action or behavior deemed inappropriate relating to the conduct of his training efforts, NRCA may take the following actions:
The authorized trainer, individuals the trainer has certified and their employers immediately will be notified of these actions. Under no circumstances will NRCA refund tuition fees, certification fees or recertification fees paid by the trainer or on their behalves.