The Certified Roofing Torch Applicator Program - CERTA!
RST is proud to announce our affiliation with the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association and our position as the exclusive provider and content developer for the new webinar based Certified Roofing Torch Applicator CERTA Program. The MRCA has a 50+ year history of providing industry leading training programs and is once again taking the lead position in virtual training for building envelope specialty contractors. We are extremely grateful to the MRCA for the support and confidence that they have placed in us and we strive each day to better our services and help you Master the Craft!
In 1986, the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association (MRCA) in conjunction with industry organizations, the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, and the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers developed a curriculum to train roofing workers in the safe application of torch-applied roof systems. This program was named the Certified Roofing Torch Applicator (CERTA) program. In 2003, insurance industry representatives approached NRCA to address concerns about increasing incidents and losses occurring from roofing workers' torching activities. The need for focused safety training addressing torching activities became apparent. NRCA arranged with MRCA to adopt and revise the CERTA program. The current CERTA program provides the best practices and newest industry requirements for roof torching activities.
The CERTA training program is ideal for contractors whose work involves torch applications. The full-day program trains experienced roof system installers on the safe use of roofing torches used to apply polymer-modified bitumen roofing products. CERTA training shows how proper roof system configuration design and application techniques can result in fire-safe installations. RST, on behalf of the MRCA continues to work with NRCA to make sure this program is up-to-date and of the highest quality.
There is no comparable training program offered by anyone else in the roofing industry!
Review the course requirements on the MRCA's website and pick the program and date and type that suits you best.
CERTA Courses are offered in English and in Spanish. Schedules are Convenient and cost effective.
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The first part of the training is a 5 hour classroom based webinar where you are presented with the most up to date information and program requirements. New and previously certified participants all attend the same classes.
The CERTA Classroom and Hands-On training manual and the CERTA Program Materials and Mockup guide below will provide all of the information you will need to conduct a successful webinar based training session!
Watch the video below and see how the the most common roof details are presented in a training mockup and what you will need to do to complete the hands-on evaluation for your crews.
Its straight forward and designed to be used by everyone!
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If you are interested in the Webinar based CERTA training this 28 Minute Video will walk you through the steps of the Hands-On practical evaluation process.
The small flame at the lower right hand corner of the screen demonstrates the "visible" flame of a standard field roofing torch. This is the torch at its most common setting. What you see is about 24 inches of a conical shaped flame.
The infra-red camera image is of the same flame. As you can see the "hottest" part of the flame in yellow is more than 5 times the size of the flame you can see. This flame area averages 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.
On April 8th, 2020 the NRCA announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic that they would extend the expiration date of all applicators whose certifications expired between March 1st and December 1st to January of 2021. For more information check the MRCA website with the button below.
Here are all of the documents required when you participate in a Webinar based training Seminar!