IRCA Winter Meeting

Iowa Roofing Contractor’s Association Winter Meeting 2017
January 26-27, 2017 at the Gateway Center in Ames, Iowa

The 2017 IRCA Winter meeting will feature three programs, one for prospective members, a learning session, and another program for current members and design professionals.

Download the full 2017 IRCA promo packet with the Winter Program Itinerary, Speaker Biographies and CERTA Registration form: 2017 IRCA Promo Packet (pdf)

 2017 Winter Registration (pdf)

CERTA-Registration (pdf)


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Program Itinerary

Thursday Evening – January 26th, 2017

4:00 – 7:00 Hospitality: The Iowa Stater Restaurant
5:30 – 7:00 Board Meeting
7:00 Dinner: The Iowa Stater Restaurant

Friday – January 27, 2017

Location: Central Prairie Programming

7:30 – 9:00 Registration: Central Prairie Room
8:00 – 8:30 IRCA/RCI Member Meeting
8:30 – 9:00 TABLE TOPS: Gallery Lobby
9:00 – 11:00 Andre Desjarlais— Oakridge Laboratory
11:10 – Noon Matthew Durrett, RRO—International Leak Detection
Noon – 1:00 LUNCH-North Prairie
Noon – 1:00 TABLE TOPS Gallery Lobby
1:00 – 2:00 Thomas Lee Smith— ASCE 7
2:00 – 3:00 David Ruffcorn
*Up to 5 CEUS available, contact RCI –Iowa for details

Location: South Prairie Programming/Outdoor

8:00 – 11:30 Certified Roofing Torch Applicator Training (CERTA)
12:30 – 4:00 Certified Roofing Torch Applicator Training (CERTA)

The educational programming and lectures each qualify for AIA and RCI Continuing Education Credits / Learning Units.

What is CERTA?

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.

Established in 1986 by the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association in conjunction with sever-al Industry Affiliated Organizations, The Certified Roofing Torch Applicator Program or CERTA has grown to be recognized as the industries premier training program for safe and proper torch work.

Since widespread implementation of the CERTA program in 2004, Roofing torch-related fire incidents have decreased significantly. For example, in 2002, one major insurance company paid 35 roofing torch-related fire losses of more than $1,000 and 11 of more than $500,000. In 2005, after only one year of the new NRCA/MRCA CERTA program implementation, the same insurance company paid 13 losses of more than $1000, including only two of more than $500,000. The NRCA/MRCA CERTA program had made a significant effect on the safe use of roofing torches throughout the roofing industry.

CERTA is a comprehensive program that incorporates both classroom, demonstrations, and hands on skills training under the direct supervision of a CERTA Trainer. Upon completion of the Training Program, a written test containing 25 multiple choice and True / False questions is administered. Those with a passing score will receive personalized CERTA ID cards, which will be mailed to the participants within a few weeks.

It is important to note: the CERTA Certification applies to only to the applicator, not to the company the applicator is employed by. Additionally, certifications are only valid for 3 years, and renewals are required in order to maintain certification. If it has been more then 3 years since you have last renewed your CERTA Certification, your certification is most likely no longer valid. Visit for more information on the CERTA renewal process.

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