NRCA ProCertification for Installers and Foremen Has Launched

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) announces the launch of the NRCA ProCertification program, a national certification initiative for roof system installers and foremen. Through a series of assessments, NRCA will certify workers who meet certain requirements and then issue a verifiable professional certification.

Experienced roofing workers can demonstrate their skills and knowledge to become a certified roof system installer in specific roof system applications and disciplines. Certifications now available include NRCA ProCertified Thermoplastic Systems Installer (e.g., TPO, PVC), NRCA ProCertified Asphalt Shingles Installer and NRCA ProCertified Roofing Foreman. Certifications soon will be available for all system disciplines.

A roof system installer certification is earned by passing a two-part exam—online and hands-on. Benefits to certifying your workforce include strengthened customer and supplier confidence; increased productivity; consistency of installation; improved safety; enhanced reputation and position in your local markets; and increased profitability.

NRCA ProCertification™ is designed to create a competent, sustainable and high-performing roofing industry workforce. For more information and to apply for NRCA ProCertification, visit www.nrca.net/NRCA-ProCertification.

The Roofing Alliance Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announced the availability of scholarship applications for the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program for the 2019-20 academic year.

Since 1986, The Roofing Alliance (formerly The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress) has invested time and funding not only to educate the roofing industry but also the industry’s youth through the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program. Named for Melvin Kruger, a former NRCA president, a former Roofing Alliance president and CEO of L.E. Schwartz & Son Inc., Macon, Ga., the program is available to NRCA contractor and supplier members, their families and their employees who plan to pursue careers in the roofing or construction industries.

Scholarship recipients are awarded $5,000 per year for up to four years of undergraduate study. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record; potential to succeed; leadership and participation in school and community activities; honors; work experience; a statement of career goals and aspirations; and an outside appraisal. 

“To date, 125 students have received $790,000 in scholarship awards,” said Rodney Petrick, owner of Ridgeworth Roofing, Frankfort, Ill. and current president of The Roofing Alliance.  “The Roofing Alliance is focused on giving back while also working hard to share the professionalism and opportunities within the roofing trade.  By supporting students who are interested in construction and specifically roofing, we are spreading the word about the potential that is available in our industry.”

“We also encourage the industry to support the scholarship fund,” continued Petrick.  “Gifts to the scholarship program are tax-deductible. Any donation amount is welcome, but if you make a commitment of $50,000, you can choose to name the scholarship and participate in the recipient selection process.”

Applicants must be high school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll or students who are already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study directly related to a career in the roofing industry or building construction at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school. Awards are renewable for up to three years of undergraduate study or until a bachelor’s degree is earned provided recipients renew annually and maintain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.  Applications must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2019. 

For more information, visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net

The Roofing Alliance Announces Largest Student Competition for Roofing to Date

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), proudly announces its 2018-2019 Construction Management Student Competition. Celebrating its fifth competition, students will compete on February 12, 2019 at the 2019 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Nashville, Tennessee.

This year’s competition will be the largest to date featuring a total of 12 teams from distinguished universities across the nation. Each team is comprised of four talented undergraduates enrolled in the construction management program at their university.  Bennett Judson, executive director of the Roofing Alliance, is excited to see the growing interest from universities that the competition continues to draw. “This is the largest number of schools we’ve had participate,” she said. “And, we have a total of six new teams joining us this year.”

The new schools joining the competition are:

  • Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois
  • Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato, Department of Construction, Mankato, Minnesota
  • Mississippi State University, Building Construction Science, Mississippi State, Mississippi
  • Oregon State University, School of Civil and Construction Engineering, Corvallis, Oregon
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe, School of Construction Management, Monroe, Louisiana

They will be joining the following returning schools:

  • Auburn University, The McWhorter School of Building Science, Auburn, Alabama
  • Colorado State University, Department of Construction, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Louisiana State University, Department of Construction, Baton Rouge
  • Tuskegee University, Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science, Tuskegee, Alabama
  • University of Cincinnati, College of Engineering and Applied Science, Construction Management, Cincinnati
  • University of Florida, M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management, Gainesville, Florida

The construction management student competition is designed to test the students on their roofing knowledge, project management capabilities and presentation skills. This year, the teams are tasked with submitting a qualified bid package for installing a new roof system for the Hilton Franklin Cool Springs Hotel in Franklin, Tennessee.  Judges will review the written proposals, submitted December 10, and select four teams as finalists for the competition. The Roofing Alliance will announce the finalists in January 2019.

The final leg of the competition will take place the morning of February 12th.  The four finalist teams will participate in a 15-minute oral presentation at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The purpose of this presentation is for each team to summarize their proposal and provide their construction management strategy for the project. Later that evening, the winning teams and the Best Individual Presenter will be announced at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception. The first- and second-place teams will be awarded $5,000 and $2,500 in scholarship funds for their schools, respectively.

Kyle Thomas, co-chair of the Alliance Construction Management Schools Initiative Committee, sees this event as an open door to introduce roofing to a new generation.  “We’ve known for years that the students graduating out of these construction management programs often have very limited exposure and education related to roofing,” he explained. “This program provides an opportunity for these students to learn about the many facets of the roofing business. We certainly hope that some of the students become interested enough to pursue a career in the roofing industry.  But even for those who go the more traditional route and choose to work for a general contractor, they will have a much better understanding of the roofing portion of the projects that they will be working on.”

Hannah Redifer, a recent graduate from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama who is now employed in the construction industry, participated in last year’s competition where her team won along with Redifer receiving the Best Individual Presenter Award. Her experience exposed her to the inner workings of the roofing industry, presented her with many networking opportunities and made a positive impact in her new career.

“I definitely left the competition and expo with a huge sense of respect for the roofing industry,” stated Redifer.  “It is a tough job and the industry’s ability to complete these jobs while keeping people safe and happy is really amazing.”

For more information, visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net.

 

General Coatings Manufacturing Corp. Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced General Coatings Manufacturing Corp., Fresno, Calif., has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, joining NRCA as a “partner member.”

In 2017, NRCA launched its One Voice initiative to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice about matters critical to the roofing industry’s continued success

To ensure all industry sectors are given an opportunity to participate, NRCA amended its bylaws to allow manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers and consultants that choose to participate to become full members of the association, meaning they will be granted voting rights and eligible for leadership roles within the association. Previously, such rights were reserved only for contractor members.

“NRCA’s One Voice initiative offers a unique opportunity for the roofing industry to address the major issues we face. However, our work can only be accomplished with commitments from leaders from all sectors of this great industry,” says Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “Only together as a roofing community can we take this transformational approach to address our issues and concerns and achieve success in the future.”

Issues currently affecting the roofing industry include workforce development and certification; advancing the industry’s public policy agenda; building codes and insurance; and increasing professionalism throughout the industry.

“General Coatings is proud to be a member of NRCA,” says Will Lorenz, vice president of sales for General Coatings Manufacturing Corp. “We are grateful for the opportunity to participate in the One Voice initiative. As a manufacturer of spray foam roof systems, GCMC supports NRCA’s workforce development and sensible regulatory policies to sustain the roofing industry.”

For more information about NRCA and its One Voice initiative, go to www.nrca.net/onevoice.

CertainTeed Corporation Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced building materials manufacturer CertainTeed Corporation, headquartered in Malvern, Pa., has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, upgrading its associate membership to “partner member.”

In 2017, NRCA launched its One Voice initiative to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice about matters critical to the roofing industry’s continued success.

To ensure all industry sectors are given an opportunity to participate, NRCA amended its bylaws to allow manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers and consultants that choose to participate to become full members of the association, meaning they will be granted voting rights and are eligible for leadership roles within the association. Previously, such rights were reserved only for contractor members.

“NRCA’s One Voice initiative offers a unique opportunity for the roofing industry to address the major issues we face. However, our work can only be accomplished with commitments from leaders from all sectors of this great industry,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “Only together as a roofing community can we take this transformational approach to address our issues and concerns and achieve success in the future.”

Issues currently affecting the roofing industry include workforce development and certification; advancing the industry’s public policy agenda; building codes and insurance; and increasing professionalism throughout the industry.

“For more than 30 years, CertainTeed has been listening and responding to professional roofing contractors on key industry topics,” says Tom Smith, president of CertainTeed Corporation. “We are pleased to align our efforts with NRCA’s One Voice initiative to support efforts to address the important issues that will impact the future of this profession.”

For more information about NRCA and its One Voice initiative, go to www.nrca.net/onevoice.

NRCA Encourages All Roofing Industry Stakeholders to Participate in Roofing Day 2019

Taking place April 3-4, 2019, Roofing Day in D.C. is a national legislative fly-in event to advocate for the roofing industry. It will bring together hundreds of roofing professionals from all segments of the industry to speak with one voice on critical issues before members of Congress. It is the largest advocacy event dedicated solely to the roofing industry.

In its inaugural year, Roofing Day in D.C. 2018 saw more than 400 roofing industry stakeholders from 47 states and Puerto Rico taking part. This event made a lasting impression on members of Congress. During the event, participants advocated for a bill to improve career and technical education, and soon after, Congress approved the legislation and President Trump signed it into law.

Participants in Roofing Day in D.C. 2019 will build on this success to further strengthen the roofing industry’s influence. To make an even greater impact in 2019, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) is seeking strong participation from a broad cross-section of the industry, including employers, field employees and others from all sectors of the industry.

As the date of Roofing Day in D.C. 2019 approaches, NRCA will post more about the issues on its website at www.nrca.net/roofingday.

For more information, contact Alison LaValley at (847) 493-7579 or alavalley@nrca.net or Nathan Pick at (202) 546-7584 or npick@nrca.net.

Frye Roofing Inc. Featured on Mike Rowe’s Returning the Favor

NRCA member Frye Roofing Inc., headquartered in Bluefield, West Virginia, recently appeared in the season finale of Mike Rowe’s Returning the Favor, a web-based television series that follows television personality Mike Rowe as he travels across the United States in search of people who are giving back to their communities. Each show concludes with those being profiled receiving surprise donations that enable them to continue their charitable works.

Frye Roofing was featured in “Standing With Coal Country,” an episode profiling the Five Loaves & Two Fishes Food Bank Inc. in Welch, West Virginia. The Food Pantry serves 15,000 residents in McDowell County, a once thriving coal mining region. With most of the areas coal mines now closed, its remaining residents suffer from high unemployment and poverty.

Two years ago, Frye Roofing bid on a project to replace the Five Loaves & Two Fishes’ Food Bank’s failing roof system. The roof system had deteriorated so severely, the food pantry was in danger of closing.

When the Five Loaves & Two Fishes Food Bank caught the attention of Mike Rowe and his production team, they stepped in and got the job moving. Frye Roofing donated the labor for the project, and NRCA members ABC Supply Co. Inc. and Carlisle Construction Materials donated materials. All were instrumental in completing what normally would have been a two-week project in just two days and providing the food pantry with a new $80,000 roof system at no charge.

To see “Standing With Coal Country” in its entirety view the link below.
www.facebook.com/ReturningTheFavor/videos/483075985495034

NRCA Seeking Submissions for CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award

For the seventh year, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and CNA have partnered to co-sponsor the 2018 CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award. NRCA roofing contractor members are urged to submit any charitable project, activity or donation completed between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017, for consideration in the awards program, which shines a light on the roofing industry’s charitable works. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 22, 2017.

Winning charities will receive:

  • 1st Place — $7,500
  • 2nd Place — $5,000
  • 3rd Place — $2,500
  • People’s Choice — $1,500
  • Any charitable project undertaken by an NRCA contractor member is eligible to receive the award. Projects, activities or donations do not have to involve roofing work.

    For more information and submission guidelines, visit www.nrca.net/CNA-NRCAaward.

    Duro-Last Inc. Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative

    The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced Duro-Last, Inc., Saginaw, Mich. has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, upgrading its associate membership to “partner member.”

    In 2017, NRCA launched its One Voice initiative to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice about matters critical to the roofing industry’s continued success.

    To ensure all industry sectors are given an opportunity to participate, NRCA amended its bylaws to allow manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers and consultants that choose to participate to become full members of the association, meaning they will be granted voting rights and eligible for leadership roles within the association. Previously, such rights were reserved only for contractor members.

    “NRCA’s One Voice initiative offers a unique opportunity for the roofing industry to address the major issues we face. However, our work can only be accomplished with commitments from leaders from all sectors of this great industry,” says Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “Only together as a roofing community can we take this transformational approach to address our issues and concerns and achieve success in the future.”

    Issues currently affecting the roofing industry include workforce development and certification; advancing the industry’s public policy agenda; building codes and insurance; and increasing professionalism throughout the industry.

    “Duro-Last is committed to solving the challenges that face the roofing industry, but we recognize that it can’t be done alone,” says Tom Saeli, CEO of Duro-Last. “We are honored to join NRCA’s One Voice initiative and be a part of the solution that makes a lasting, positive impact on the future of the industry.”

    For more information about NRCA and its One Voice initiative, go to www.nrca.net/onevoice.

     

    NRCA ProCertification Qualified Assessor Applications Now Being Accepted

    The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced it is now accepting applications for Qualified Assessors for its highly anticipated NRCA ProCertification initiative. Qualified Assessors will serve as performance exam proctors, responsible for evaluating and verifying hands-on skills for those seeking to be certified through NRCA ProCertification.

    Qualified Assessors are uniquely equipped by meeting eligibility requirements, completing two self-paced online training modules and passing a proctored online exam.

    NRCA ProCertification’s Qualified Assessor Program will teach candidates observation and assessment skills and the policies and procedures required to fulfill their roles in the NRCA ProCertification program. This role is ideal for Registered Roof Observers (RROs) and roofing manufacturer and distributor representatives.

    Benefits of being a QA include expanding current business offerings by assessing ProCertification candidates; generating additional revenue by charging ProCertification candidates an appropriate fee for conducting their performance exams; gaining access to NRCA ProCertification materials for specific roof system disciplines; and earning a digital badge and professional recognition as being one of the leaders in the roofing industry.

    NRCA ProCertification is designed to create a competent, sustainable and high-performing roofing industry workforce. Experienced roofing workers can demonstrate their skills and knowledge to become certified roof system installers in specific roof system applications and disciplines.

    Application materials may be found at www.nrca.net/NRCA-ProCertification.