NRCA Education & Training

NRCA Education

Get expert training from the industry's top association.

As the voice and leading authority in the roofing industry for information, education, technology, and advocacy, NRCA will present a variety of educational events to help attendees grow their skills and knowledge. 

NRCA Roofing Industry Fall Protection from A to Z

Tueday, March 7 | 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM 
Cost: Members $695 / Non-Members $995

It is an employer’s responsibility to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) regulations that apply to his or her workplace and employees. This interactive class focuses on fall-protection systems and includes up-to-date state-specific OSHA requirements. This one-day class also features demonstrations of equipment and techniques for self-rescue and relief of suspension trauma. Prevent costly accidents by preparing with this safety course.

About the instructors:

Cheryl Ambrose, CHST, OHST, Director of Enterprise Risk Management

Cheryl joined NRCA in 2021. Prior to joining NRCA, she was the National Health, Safety, and Environmental Administrator for the United Association, the labor union representing over 360,000 plumbers, pipefitters, sprinkler fitters, welders, and service techs in the U.S. and Canada. Cheryl has over 25 years of experience as a construction safety and health professional where she has worked as project safety manager on high-profile projects, regional safety director, corporate and national safety director for large general contractors and specialty contractors including union and non-union. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University where she graduated magna cum laude. She also has an associate degree in business management.

Cheryl holds the Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) and Occupational Health and Safety Technician (OHST) certifications through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). She has been a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) for over 20 years. She has actively participated in the construction industry serving on numerous committees and continues to do so by representing NRCA including the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A10 Construction Standards Committee where she chairs and participates in numerous subgroups and was selected to serve on OSHA’s Advisory Committee for Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH).

Cheryl is an authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer for Construction for the OSHA 10- and 30-hour training. In addition, she has held numerous trainer certifications in construction safety. She has also developed and facilitated trainer courses in a number of safety and health topics including fall protection, trenching and excavation, pressure testing, opioids, and suicide prevention, to name a few.

Richard Trewyn, Director of Enterprise Risk Management

Rich joined NRCA in 2015. Prior to joining NRCA, he was the national safety director for TECTA, and he started his career at FJA Christiansen Roofing Companies in Milwaukee, Wis., in 1996. With a degree in occupational safety and health from the University of Wisconsin—Whitewater and his numerous certificates and certifications within the safety field, he brings a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise to NRCA. He is an OSHA-authorized trainer for the construction 10- and 30-hour classes and an authorized CERTA trainer of torch-applied system classes. He also teaches NRCA’s fall-protection and CERTA train-the-trainer classes.

Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition

Wednesday, March 8 | 8:00 AM - 11:30 PM 
Cost:
FREE

The Roofing Alliance is hosting its ninth Construction Management Student Competition. This hallmark competition promotes careers in roofing industry management by challenging students’ roofing knowledge, construction management skills, time management, and organizational and presentation skills.


The Globe Life Field in Dallas is the project for this year’s competition. 


Five finalist teams will be selected to give 15-minute live oral presentations at the IRE in Dallas. Attendees can stop by room D163/165 and watch as each team presents their project. Winning teams will be announced at NRCA’s Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception.

NRCA Foreman Leadership Training, Level 1

Thursday, March 9 | 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM 
Cost: 
Members $695 / Non-Members $995

Take a proactive approach to employee education by sending your field managers to this class, which focuses on communication and management skills. Foremen often have excellent roof system installation skills but may lack strong communication and management abilities that would help them lead more effectively. This course teaches your foremen how to communicate effectively and work well with all types of people. Your foremen will learn how to handle tough situations tactfully, especially when disciplinary action is needed. They also will learn how to establish credibility, build rapport with crew members and motivate workers to improve job-site productivity.

About the instructors:

 

Amy Staska, vice president of NRCA University

Amy has been with NRCA since August of 2011 and also worked for the association for seven years from 1996 to 2004. Amy has worked in training and education her entire career, including at Awana Clubs International—a non-denominational children’s and youth Christian ministry—and the University of New Hampshire.

At NRCA, Amy started her work in health and safety—her first projects were helping to author NRCA’s first Safety Manual and Toolbox Talks. As part of the education department, Amy has helped with the startup of the Future Executives Institute and shaping and teaching the Foreman Leadership Training programs.

Amy’s current responsibilities include leading the education department team, spearheading development of TRAC training for installers and working with the NRCA University Operations Committee to ensure all NRCA University offerings are well-developed, thorough and meet member needs.

Jon Goodman, roofing subject matter expert

Jon has been with NRCA since  February 2018. He attended Sonoma State University, graduating with a degree in industrial management.

 Goodman worked for Hewlett-Packard in production management and from there, he went on to own a roofing contracting company. He also worked as a consultant for the National Center for Construction Education and Research where he assisted with the development of its roofing and solar installer curricula. 

Goodman is NRCA’s subject matter expert and a ProCertification assessor. He helped develop and write training manuals for NRCA’s Training for Roof Application Careers program and is an instructor for various NRCA educational classes such as Roof Design Considerations, Roof Repair Maintenance, Foreman Leadership Training and Qualified Trainer Conference.

Please note: NRCA understands circumstances may arise that require you to cancel your registration. If you cancel up to 10 business days before an event, your registration fee will be refunded. If your cancellation is received 10 business days or less before an event, you may send another person in your place or receive a credit voucher that can be applied toward any NRCA University program during the next 12 months. Registrants who do not cancel before the seminar or do not attend are liable for the entire registration fee. All cancellations must be in writing. NRCA reserves the right to cancel any programs. If such a cancellation is necessary, registrants will be notified and an attempt will be made to reschedule or make alternative arrangements. Registrants will receive a full tuition refund for the program. NRCA is not responsible for other costs incurred. The registration fee is due and payable before the start of a seminar.