As many contractors already have realized, obtaining commercial
general liability insurance has become much more difficult
recently. And it's become even more so for contractors who perform
torch-applied work. To obtain coverage, such contractors now are
required to follow "best industry practices," including having all
torch applicators become certified through a new NRCA/Midwest
Roofing Contractors Association (MRCA) Certified Roofing Torch
Applicator (CERTA) training program.
The best practices include completing a daily checklist for all
torching jobs; implementing pre-job planning, such as identifying
and protecting combustible roof components, reviewing hazardous
conditions with building owners, and addressing all possible fire
traps and hidden hazards, among other things; adhering to safety
precautions regarding torch use; and post-job activities, such as
instituting a minimum two-hour fire watch by properly trained and
To help contractors train workers in proper, safe torch use,
NRCA has updated MRCA's CERTA program to meet the new insurance
requirements for torching work. During the one-day class for
trainers, attendees will learn how to teach the new interactive
CERTA program effectively and certify roofing workers. The
program's information is delivered through classroom and hands-on
training supported by video instruction and a student manual.
Certification requirements include successful completion of the
training program and examination. NRCA is the certifying body,
develops course curriculum with MRCA, administers the examination
and maintains all certification records. To be certified, a roofing
worker must receive training from an accredited trainer....
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