NRCA Offers New Weekly Webinars, Proforeman Certificate Program

In an effort to provide its members with more educational opportunities that enhance business operations, NRCA University is now offering weekly webinars on a wide variety of subject matter.

The webinars, which are offered free as a benefit of NRCA membership, will include health and safety, legal, technical, business management and professional-development topics.

In addition, NRCA will be accepting new candidates for its ProForeman Certificate Program, which provides essential leadership skills for roofing foremen to apply toward their important roles at their companies.

The ProForeman program helps roofing foremen shift their perspectives from being roof system installation managers to company leaders by focusing on six main topics: general education, roofing technology, construction/business practices, leadership, safety and training others.

“Foremen drive a roofing contractor’s trucks, use their equipment, manage their labor, direct quality control, affect insurance rates and often are the face of their company for customers,” says Amy Staska, NRCA University’s vice president. “Because of this, contractors should ensure their foremen perform at their best.

For additional information about NRCA’s 2016 educational offerings, visit NRCA’s Education page.

Cheetah Learning Offers Discounted Rate for Online Course on Project Management

Cheetah Learning, a PMI Registered Education Provider (PMI-REP) of Project Management training, announced that the company will be celebrating the transition into spring and the beginning of Daylight Saving Time by offering a deeply discounted rate on one of its online courses, Cheetah Action Project (CHAP). From March 7-13, 2016, students can register for the 60-PDU online CHAP course for just $1,200—a 50 percent discount from its list price of $2,400.

Designed around the the Project Management Process Groups described in the ANSI Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide), CHAP brings together theory and practice by leading students through the planning and execution of a project of their choosing. The program has been recognized by many professionals in the project management field as an excellent training program with real-life applicability.

One alumnus of the program found that CHAP helped him connect project management principles to his career. “I really think that the course outline and assignments are well thought out and quite relevant to, at least, what I do in my daily work,” he says. “Templates are easily managed and customized. I recommend Cheetah Action Project to all PM professionals.”

According to Michelle LaBrosse, CEO and founder of Cheetah Learning, the CHAP course is a tool that allows project managers to identify those projects and goals best aligned with their innate strengths, and provides them with a clear process for completing these projects. “It is much easier to achieve any goal you set when you make it your priority to use your innate strengths the best way for you,” LaBrosse says.

“But just making it your priority to use your innate strengths the best way for you is only the first step. The next step is making it your priority to go after those goals that really matter to what is most important to you.”

Cheetah Learning aims to help project managers successfully transition into spring by making this popular course accessible to a wider range of students. LaBrosse finds the CHAP course to be an ideal tool to help project managers gain momentum with their projects by identifying and pursuing goals best aligned with their unique talents.

Courses Added to CertainTeed Continuing Education Webinar Schedule

Building professionals can look forward to earning more free credit hours this year, thanks to additions to the CertainTeed Building Knowledge Academy of Continuing Education (ACE) webinar course schedule. Topics include specifying high-performance materials for medical facility interiors, sustainable systems for the building envelope and cool roofing. Residential landscape design and fence systems will also be covered.

“This year, we are celebrating more than 100,000 credit hours earned by architects and design professionals,” says Jill Betters, manager, commercial and architectural programs for CertainTeed Corp. “It’s a milestone to be proud of, as we strive to be the best and most convenient resource for continuing education and technical information. Webinars provide a unique opportunity to have a dialogue with the architecture and construction industry in real time.”

“Landscape and Residential Fence Systems: An Overview,” 2 to 3 p.m. ET, Tuesday, Dec. 8, will cover will the advantages and disadvantages of four kinds of fencing materials for residential fencing systems. Attendees will learn about the vinyl manufacturing process, commonly used test standards, the ICC code for swimming pool fencing and vinyl fence installation methods.

Later that same week, “Up on the Roof: Asphalt Shingles,” 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10, will go over the key components within an asphalt shingle that contribute to solar reflectance and reduce the heat island effect. Learning objectives include how to properly ventilate roofing systems in order to reduce energy consumption within the building and increase indoor air quality; how the recycling of asphalt shingles contribute to a sustainable environment; the benefits of ENERGY STAR-rated roofing products and more.

All CEU courses are accredited by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for one learning unit. Many are also certified for AIA Health Safety and Welfare (HSW) and Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) credential maintenance program, giving professionals the credits they need and the product and system knowledge to specify smarter. The online academy also helps users easily organize and keep track of their completed courses and earned credits.

In addition, online content is accessible 24/7 via multiple platforms and devices, giving users the ability to choose how and when they want to learn—whether by attending scheduled seminars or taking an online self-guided course.

Post-Frame Advantage Online University Enhances Continuing Education Opportunities

The Post-Frame Advantage Online University has enhanced its continuing education opportunities for architects, design professionals and structural engineers to learn in depth the benefits of post-frame construction in light commercial applications.

Participants will earn one American Institute of Architects (AIA) or Professional Development Hour (PDH) continuing education credit per session.

There are two curriculum areas in the Post Frame Advantage Online University: Engineering Design of Post-Frame Building Systems and Architectural Design Options for Post-Frame Building Systems.

“Each curriculum consists of three one-hour sessions and it is recommended to take them in order,” says Harvey Manbeck, PE, PHD, NFBA technical consultant. “To ensure participants will have the latest information, these sessions include the most up-to-date post-frame technology and cost ratios available.”

The new courses reflect the latest design principles in the second edition of the Post-Frame Building Design Manual, published by NFBA in 2015.

Engineering Design of Post-Frame Building Systems

  • Session 1: Introduction to Post-Frame Building Systems: The core essentials of modern post-frame construction.
  • Session 2: Architectural Alternatives for Post-Frame Building Systems: Function and form alternatives for interiors and exteriors possible with post frame.
  • Session 3: Modern Post-Frame Structural Design Practice: Current principles for post-frame construction presented in an engineering perspective.

Architectural Design Options for Post-Frame Building Systems

  • Session 1: Post-Frame Buildings: A Light-Commercial Mainstay: The basics of post-frame construction and how it is an ideal building system for light-commercial applications.
  • Session 2: Architectural Diversity of Post-Frame Building Systems: The diverse style possibilities of post-frame construction.
  • Session 3: Modern Post-Frame Structural Design Practice: An Introduction: Structural design options for post-frame buildings.

Manbeck says that additional sessions would be added later this year in the Engineering Design of Post-Frame Building Systems curriculum. “Session 4 will give instruction on the design of shallow isolated pier foundations,” he says. “And Session 5 will explore modern post-frame structural design practices in more detail.” More courses are in the works for the coming year.

Courses may be taken at any time and it is quick and easy to get started. Visit the Post-Frame Online University, choose a session, and register to receive continuing education credits today.

RCMA Began Speakers Bureau with Presentation for CRSMCA District Meeting

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) kicked off its Speakers Bureau program with a presentation by Joseph Sorrentino, Uniflex/Sherwin Williams, for the Carolinas Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association’s (CRSMCA) district meeting. The CRSMCA district meeting took place in Concord, N.C., at the Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord. RCMA’s Reflective Roof Coatings: Cool Stories presentation helped CRSMCA to hone its meeting focus on the key benefits and environmental importance of reflective roof coatings used on low-slope roof systems.

“Presenting for CRSMCA brought back fond memories, as I began my roofing career with CRSMCA in 1977,” says Sorrentino. “This was a great opportunity to educate an audience of roofing contractors, distributors and manufacturing representatives on the benefits of reflective roof coatings.”

RCMA is an approved continuing education provider with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), RCI Inc. and the U.S. Green Building Council (GBCI). By attending RCMA’s Reflective Roof Coatings: Cool Stories course, attendees qualify to earn 1 AIA General Learning Unit hour (1 LU hour) as part of AIA’s continuing education system, 1 RCI continuing education hour (CEH), or 1 GBCI continuing education hour (1 GBCI CE hour).

SOPREMA to Host Building Envelope Clinic in San Francisco

SOPREMA Inc. will be hosting a Building Envelope Clinic in San Francisco on Oct. 16, 2015, for architects and consultants looking to further their knowledge, network and earn continuing education units. The clinic will be held at The Bentley Reserve, located at 301 Battery Street, San Francisco.

The Building Envelope Clinic will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 3:15 p.m. with a cocktail reception and prize raffle.

“We’re proud to be offering these clinics regionally to help support our consultants and architects,” says Sara Jonas, SOPREMA. “These courses continue to bring education to the forefront for our current partners, as well as those new to SOPREMA, while helping them to achieve credits to keep their accreditations.”

Courses offered during the Building Envelope Clinic include:

  • Proven and Durable: An Overview of SBS-Modified Bitumen
  • Wall Systems & Design (RCI/AIA Accredited Course)
  • Introduction to SENTINEL PVC
  • Below Grade Waterproofing (RCI/AIA Accredited Course)
  • PMMA/PMA Liquid Applied Roofing & Waterproofing Systems (RCI/AIA Accredited Course)

To RSVP, email

RCMA Offers an Educational Presentation on Reflective Roof Coatings

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) has launched its Speakers Bureau program to offer an educational presentation on reflective roof coatings. RCMA’s Speakers Bureau consists of several RCMA members with expertise on the topic who have volunteered to deliver presentations throughout the country.

This presentation, titled “Reflective Roof Coatings: Cool Stories,” is approximately one hour in length, and discusses the key benefits and the environmental importance of reflective roof coatings used on low-slope roof systems. The science behind reflective roof coatings is presented in an easy-to-understand format and real-world case studies are presented to illustrate the information presented. The presentation content is intended to enable attendees to:

  • Understand the benefits that reflective roof coatings impart on low-slope roof systems.
  • Recognize why reflective roofs are environmentally important and comprehend the science behind how reflective roofs save energy.
  • Determine best practices for preparing a roof membrane and application methods for reflective roof coatings on low-slope roof systems.
  • Identify payback, energy savings, and other non-quantifiable benefits by evaluating several real-world roof-reflectivity case studies.

RCMA is an approved continuing education provider with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and RCI Inc. By attending the course, attendees qualify to earn 1 AIA General Learning Unit Hour (1 LU Hour) as part of AIA’s Continuing Education System or 1 RCI Continuing Education Hour (CEH).

Groups interested in offering this presentation at an upcoming meeting or event should contact RCMA Staff Associate Cecily Alfonsi to participate.

RICOWI Seeks Speakers for 2016 Seminars

The Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues (RICOWI), Clinton, Ohio, is committed to providing in-depth and comprehensive education to identify and address important technical issues related to the cause of wind and weather damage to roofing systems. RICOWI’s research and education initiatives focus on providing a broad knowledge base regarding wind, hail, energy efficiency and durability effects; establishing new/improved consensus standard practices for weather design and testing; and providing an educational platform of roof design and weather concepts within the building community.

RICOWI is currently seeking speakers for its 2016 Seminars. This is your opportunity to showcase your research, lessons learned in the field and educate others about the effects of weather on roofing systems.

The seminars’ audience consists of architects/engineers, consultants, building owners/facility managers, manufacturers, distributors, foremen, superintendents, project managers, roofing contractors, code bodies and the insurance industry. Eight 45-minute education sessions will be chosen related to the following potential presentation topics:

  • Weather Damage Case Studies
  • Lessons Learned in the Field after Weather Events
  • Innovative Roofing Solutions to Wind and Hail Issues
  • Sustainable Roofing
  • Green Building Codes for Roofing
  • Design Details
  • Mitigation and Loss Prevention
  • Edge Metal
  • Maintenance and Repair Solutions
  • Green Detail
  • Secondary Details
  • Weather Modeling and Predictability
  • Fasteners and Fastening Systems
  • Above-sheathing Ventilation
  • Lightweight Concrete
  • Research and Development

RICOWI’s audience prefers presentations that are:

  • Timely and will have an impact on the industry.
  • Innovative solutions to problems.
  • Forward looking to potential industry issues and threats.
  • How-to classes that stimulate and provide attendees with a new skill, technology or process.
  • Stimulating and cutting-edge for the construction and roofing industry.
  • Proposals for a better understanding of processes and techniques.
  • Solid research and data from case studies.
  • Upcoming research.

Presenters should have strong speaking experience and in-depth knowledge of subject matter presented. Topics should be related to the audience and not generic in nature and should not be product pitches.

Submission forms with abstracts should be submitted no later than June 15, 2015, to the RICOWI offices. The forms are available online. The RICOWI Conference and Education Committee will review, and authors will be notified regarding the selection of an abstract by Sept. 1, 2015. Once accepted, authors for the Spring 2016 seminar will be required to have bios and finalized abstracts in by Nov. 1, 2015, for the preliminary agenda publication on the RICOWI website and for distribution. All presentations and handouts will be due from presenters no later than Feb. 15, 2016.

If you have questions regarding RICOWI’s Call for Abstracts, contact Joan Cook, RICOWI’s executive director, at (330) 671-4569, or email

Boral Roofing’s Design Center Showcases Sustainable Concrete and Clay Roofing Systems

Boral Roofing LLC, a provider of sustainable clay and concrete roof tile solutions, opened its Design Center in Phoenix, Ariz. A facility for the showcase of Boral Roofing’s durable, earth-friendly roof tile product line, the Design Center will also facilitate American Institute of Architects (AIA) CEU courses and product training learning sessions for professionals in the building industry.

Boral Roofing’s Design Center offers visitors the opportunity to explore and learn about the company’s sustainable roof tile products. The facility showcases a range of options, including concrete and clay solutions across a range of profiles and colors, offering a range of options to complement any architectural style along with superb curb appeal. Boral Roofing’s tile systems are recognized for their durability, low maintenance, and long-life benefits, as well as their earth-friendly qualities including natural geologic materials content, green manufacturing processes, recyclability and energy efficiency.

The Design Center will also offer AIA CEU courses for the continuing education of industry professionals such as builders, architects and contractors. One course—“Sustainable Green Building with Clay and Concrete Roof Tile”—will be offered regularly at the Design Center. Participants will earn credit in the “Sustainable Design” and the “Health, Safety and Human Welfare” categories, while learning about clay and concrete roof tile solutions.

Perseverance Will Keep You Ahead of the Competition

I have never climbed a ladder to inspect a job my company bids on, but that has never been an obstacle to winning roofing contracts. I know a great many roofers who have climbed the proverbial “ladder” to the top of a company they now run from the windowed corner office. A lack of hands-on experience has never been an obstacle for me. In fact, just ignore that I’m a woman working in a predominately male construction industry and I will also ask you to disregard that I’m paralyzed from the chest down. That has not been an impediment either—as difficult as that may be to believe.

No, I have not allowed this long list of potential challenges to be an obstacle (for long!) to my business success. Doing so would just not make good business sense.

When I see an obstacle in business, it’s a boulder in the road and my business sense shifts into full gear: Get over it, around it, smash through it or phone a friend with a crane. I never choose another path. I never give up. I simply don’t allow an obstacle to loom larger than my own determination.

The unwavering willingness to “get the job done” is a common thread I share with many hard-working roofers. However, there is a secret weapon that separates those who marginally succeed and those who are, well, let’s just say “comfortably successful”. I call it perseverance.

Many industry people are silently nodding their heads in agreement saying to themselves, “yeah, that’s me”. But are you too comfortable? It takes more than true grit to persevere in the highly competitive roofing business world of today.

Not only do we face the ever-present competition, there are increased regulations, greater safety standards, high costs for workers’ compensation, not to mention the shrinking pool of qualified professional roofers. We have a lot that challenges us!

Today, perseverance will cement your future success because if you don’t stay ahead of the curve, boulders, like the newest technology, higher industry standards in energy efficiency, new and improved environmentally responsible products and guaranteed safety standards, will stop you. These boulders require greater perseverance, as does meeting customer demands for knowledge and understanding their needs.

To persevere in the roofing business, you have to continue to challenge your team (and yourself) at every turn. Encourage learning and invest in employee training and professional development. As a business owner, I take the lifelong approach to learning in my business. When I had questions and was hungry to learn more about how to run a successful business, I reached out to the community for answers. I discovered allies, like The Women’s Business Development Center that provides workshops, business counseling, networking and access to knowledge that empowered me. No matter where you are in business, you have to keep learning and growing to persevere. Even the largest of boulders look small in the rearview mirror once you have overcome them.

In 1999, I was a young sailor in the U.S. Navy when Hurricane Floyd blew into Virginia where I was stationed and hurled me off a balcony that was just 1-story up. That gust changed my physical world forever. But I had something that storm could not steal from me: perseverance—a willingness to overcome challenges and a commitment to succeed. There are blockades up for each of us, but there are also ways around them, over them and through them if you refuse to accept failure as an option.

My military training has always helped me to stay “mission focused” with a commitment to excellence. The Navy also gave me a strong work ethic and the ability to work under pressure. It taught me to put an emphasis on teamwork and gave me the leadership skills to build a great business. I seek out opportunities to not only learn and grow, but also to become involved in communities of knowledge, such as The Bunker, the nation’s first veterans incubator for small businesses.

Although being a woman- and service- disabled veteran-owned business can bring advantages over many competitors, I still have to earn each and every opportunity. We have been successful at this by building relationships with our customers and earning their trust by performing projects on time, on budget, and with the quality and safety expected. In addition, just as importantly, we bring determination, knowledge and truckloads of professionals who gladly climb all kinds of ladders for me.