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NRCA announces 2011 classes

NRCA will hold a CERTA Train-the-trainer Authorization class Feb. 15 in Las Vegas and March 3 in Chicago. During the workshop, attendees will complete a 10-hour accreditation program about how to teach torch safety. Attendees who successfully complete the program will be authorized to conduct CERTA certification training for roofing workers. Class participants must be proficient in the use of a roofing torch and have experience training others. Each attendee is required to complete and submit a prequalifying questionnaire before the class begins.

NRCA will hold a six-hour CERTA Train-the-trainer Reauthorization class March 4 in Chicago for authorized CERTA trainers to renew their accreditations. Trainers must renew their accreditations every three years. If they do not become reauthorized within six months of the eligibility expiration date, they will be required to retake the 10-hour CERTA Train-the-trainer Authorization course.

On Feb. 15, NRCA will hold Roofing Industry Fall Protection from A to Z in Las Vegas. The class will discuss fall-protection hazards and fall-protection systems, equipment and techniques available. In addition, the class will focus on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's cancellation of its slide guard rule.

Rooftop Photovoltaics: Energizing your Business also will be held Feb. 15 in Las Vegas, as well as March 24 in Atlanta and April 20 in Baltimore. Class participants will learn about the terminology, benefits, design considerations, construction details, electrical considerations, code compliance, and business and legal issues associated with photovoltaic roof systems. Participants will receive complimentary copies of NRCA's Guidelines for Roof-mounted Photovoltaic System Installations and Building Owners Guide to Roof-mounted Photovoltaic Systems. The class costs $395 for NRCA members and $595 for nonmembers.

Additionally, NRCA will hold Profitability Through Effective Safety Programs March 23 in Atlanta. NRCA University instructors will focus on important elements of a safety program that can reduce workplace injuries, sustain a productive work force and increase profitability.

For more information or to register for a class, contact NRCA's Customer Service Department at (866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722) or

NRCA addresses cancelled slide guard rule

In December 2010, NRCA released a Special Report addressing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) instruction that cancels OSHA's interim enforcement policy allowing slide guard use for residential construction activities and replaces it with new compliance guidelines.

Additionally, NRCA held a webinar Jan. 10 to address the new rule. During the webinar, Tom Shanahan, NRCA's associate executive director of risk management, explained the rule's implications as well as NRCA's strategies for moving forward. For questions and more information about the new instruction, contact Shanahan at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7538 or

The Special Report, which is available to members only, and webinar recording are available at The webinar recording is free for members; $49 for nonmembers who are members of NRCA affiliate organizations; and $79 for nonmembers. For more information and to purchase the webinar, visit or contact NRCA's Customer Service Department at (866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722) or

OSHA compliance program available

NRCA has developed an interim compliance program for NRCA members to qualify signal persons in crane operations under the new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) crane standard, Subpart CC, Cranes and Derricks in Construction. The program includes an assessment tool to help contractors determine qualifications for riggers and crane maintenance and repair personnel. The OSHA standard was published Aug. 9, 2010, and many of the rule's requirements took effect Nov. 8, 2010.

For more information about the compliance program, visit or contact NRCA's Customer Service Department at (866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722) or

2011 membrane roof systems manual now available

NRCA has published The NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roof Systems—2011, an updated version of The NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roof Systems—2007. The updated manual provides roofing contractors with in-depth, comprehensive, technical information concerning the design, materials and installation methods applicable to membrane roof systems commonly used in low-slope roof system applications.

For more information or to purchase The NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roof Systems—2011, visit or contact NRCA's Customer Service Department at (866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722) or

NRCA updates industry history

NRCA will introduce One Hundred Twenty-five Years of Roofing in America at the 2011 International Roofing Expo® in Las Vegas Feb. 16-18.

The publication updates One Hundred Years of Roofing in America, which was commissioned in 1986 to commemorate NRCA's 100th anniversary. The new book has additional chapters about industry changes and events that have taken place during the past 25 years.

The book is $75 for members and $150 for nonmembers. For more information about the publication, contact NRCA's Customer Service Department at (866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722) or

Follow NRCA on Twitter and be a fan on Facebook

Twitter users now can follow NRCA and receive insider information through NRCA's Twitter account, NRCAnews. NRCA's Twitter followers will receive updates regarding meetings with organizations; important legislative and regulatory actions; building code updates; and information about NRCA products, educational classes, industry events, meetings and more.

Additionally, Facebook members can become fans of NRCA by visiting NRCA's Facebook page. Through NRCA's Facebook page, users also can receive updates about NRCA products, educational classes and industry events as well as network with other roofing professionals.

For more information, contact Krista Reisdorf, NRCA's director of online publications, at (847) 493-7531 or

NRCA will announce 2011-12 officers

NRCA's Nominating Committee will present its 2011-12 slate of officers and directors at the annual membership meeting held during NRCA's 124th Annual Convention Feb. 14-18 in Las Vegas.

The Nominating Committee met in early January to complete its work, and those elected will begin serving June 1.

For more information about the nomination process, contact Eileen Maloney, NRCA's executive assistant, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7548 or


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