Since 2004, NRCA and the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association have worked together to improve roofing torch safety through the Certified Roofing Torch Applicator (CERTA) program. Although the CERTA program primarily addresses how experienced roofing workers should safely use roof torching equipment, proper roof system design, material selection and construction details also are essential elements in fire-safe torch-applied roof system applications.
If you are involved in the design and specification, product manufacturing or distribution, or application of torch-applied polymer-modified bitumen membrane roof systems, you should be aware of the CERTA program and its essential elements.
CERTA's daylong training program consists of teaching experienced roofing workers how to safely use torches when applying polymer-modified bitumen membrane roofing products. Participants are taught how to use personal protective equipment and first-aid procedures specific to torching activities, torch equipment safety, rooftop fire hazard identification and mitigation, and post-torch work fire-watch techniques.