Virtual CERTA Train-the-trainer

Oct. 12
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CST

Member price: $725.00
Nonmember price: $1,025.00

Member price: $625.00
Nonmember price: $925.00

Class description

During a train-the-trainer workshop, you will complete an 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.

For this computer-based course, each participant must have access to his or her own computer/device with a microphone and webcam. Using a cellphone is discouraged because it is not conducive to a full-day class.

Participants will be required to pass a hands-on demonstration of their torching ability. To perform this demonstration, participants will need to build a mockup if their company does not already have one. (Instructions for building the mockup will be provided in the registration confirmation email.) A few weeks before the class, the CERTA administrator will contact registrants to schedule their 30-minute hands-on session, which will take place the day after class via Zoom.

Note: Class size is limited; prior registration is required.

Tuition fee includes all course materials.

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.

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.


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

NRCA understands circumstances may arise that require registration cancellation. However, last-minute cancelations or no-shows are detrimental to NRCA’s intentionally small courses.

Cancellations must be made in writing. If you cancel more than 10 days before the event, you may reschedule or receive a full refund. If you cancel two to 10 days before the event, you may reschedule or receive a credit voucher for an NRCA University program within the next 12 months

No-shows or cancellations made less than 48 hours before a class will not receive a refund or credit. Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis.

All payments are due and payable before the start of a course. NRCA is not responsible for other costs incurred.

NRCA reserves the right to cancel programs. If such a cancellation occurs, registrants will be notified and refunded the full program tuition. NRCA will attempt to reschedule or make alternative arrangements for any canceled programs.


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