As with all roof system types, certain skills are needed to install tile roof systems correctly and according to building codes. Recognizing the roofing industry's need for a program to educate its professionals about the finer details of tile roof system installation, the Tile Roofing Institute (TRI) launched the first training program to convey the correct, code-approved methodology for installing tile roof systems throughout the U.S.
About 14 months before the certification program's launch in April 2006, TRI held several focus groups to introduce the program to roofing contractors and obtain feedback about its content and structure. During the 2005 International Roofing Expo® in Las Vegas, roofing contractor members from Western States Roofing Contractors Association (WSRCA), TRI and NRCA were invited to be part of one such focus group; about 60 contractors attended.
After receiving feedback from the focus groups regarding the program's content and exams, TRI officially launched its certification program, which is based on TRI's and WSRCA's Concrete and Clay Tile Installation Manual for Moderate Climate Regions.
During its first year, the certification program attracted roofing contractors, roofing workers, consultants and inspectors from tile roofing's traditional Sun Belt markets, including Arizona, California, Florida and Nevada. Contractors viewed the program as a way to keep up to speed with codes and regulations, train employees and ensure quality tile roof system installations.