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CERTA Train-the-trainer Reauthorization (Live course)


September 14, 2018
Building & Fire Code Academy
Elgin, Ill.
7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. CST

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Item #: CLA-001475

Class description

Authorized CERTA trainers need to renew their accreditations every three years, and this program provides an opportunity to complete the required reauthorization. This class is significantly different from the original 10-hour train-the-trainer course. You will advance your training and facilitation skills and demonstrate your skills using a roofing torch. In addition, you will receive training that specifically addresses the requirements of the CERTA applicator recertification class. You will work through lunch during this six-hour program (a boxed lunch is provided). If you fail to become reauthorized within six months of your eligibility expiration date, you will be required to retake the original 10-hour NRCA/MRCA CERTA Train-the-trainer Authorization course.

NRCA will send a reminder notice regarding renewal requirements to all authorized CERTA trainers before their eligibility expires. You will have a six-month grace period to complete your reauthorization training; however, you may not schedule or conduct torch applicator certification classes during this six-month grace period.

Class size is limited; prior registration is required.

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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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"I had a pleasant experience participating in this class and it was very useful as a reminder of the importance of safety in the use of the torch. Thanks!"
—Jesus A. DeHoyos, Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing, Houston

"As a CERTA trainer I like the class because it helps me keep up with new rules and ways of doing jobs."
—Paul M. Anderson IV, Anderson Roofing Co., Inc., Albany, Ga.

"The course was very helpful. The instructors were very friendly and informative. I would definitely recommend this training to anyone."
—John Higdon, John J. Campbell Company, Memphis, Tenn.

"This is my fourth CERTA class. The program has had some minor changes but the impact has changed our company's way of installing torch applied systems. The trainers are much appreciated."
—David Meyer, Warren Roofing, Cleveland

"Our company does not do a lot of torching but to keep refreshed on safety and torch applications is a benefit."
—Donald A. May, Advance Industrial Roofing, Massillon, Ohio

"The trainers are very clear about the material and make sure everyone understands."
—Alan Shane Smallwood, Roof Management Inc., Doraville, Ga.

"This course met my expectations and will also help me become a better presenter."
—Greg Cannon, Collier Roofing Company, Nashville

"This class was helpful. It gets one thinking of the best ways to teach adults. It is not as easy as just putting the information "out there.'"
—Edward MacFarlane, National Roofing Company, Albuquerque, N.M.

"Safety is a key element to the successful practices of our trade. The information presented in this class is very helpful in making that a reality."
—Keith J. Vitkovich, N.W. Indiana Roofers Local 26 JATC


Participants must have passed the original 10-hour CERTA authorization course and conducted some type of formalized training within 12 months before the expiration of their authorized status.

Note: You will have a six-month grace period after your expiration date to complete the CERTA Train-the-trainer Reauthorization course. You will not be able to schedule or conduct a torch applicator certification class during this six-month grace period.

Each Train-the-trainer Reauthorization 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 Reauthorization 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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