Virtual Edition Education & Events

Virtual Education

The IRE Virtual Edition platform is now closed. Make plans to join us for the IRE Live in Las Vegas event August 10-12, 2021.

In your home, office, or break time at a job site — they're all times you can expand your knowledge via the IRE Virtual Edition. On March 2-4, industry experts will come together to share their expertise and deliver exceptional education. Whether you are new to the industry or a seasoned professional, there are classes and courses for everyone!  

The educational sessions are available for you to watch on-demand through April 2. Whether you pre-registered or not, you can still log in to gain access to the latest best practices and lessons learned. 

Our robust three-day program will kick off each day with an “Ask The Experts Live” session followed by a new session every 60-minutes. Sessions will cover a variety of topics organized by tracks that include Business, Technical, Legal/HR, Workplace Safety, Windows & Siding, and Exhibitor Presented Seminars.

Additionally, National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and the Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI) are hosting educational sessions in conjunction with the IRE Virtual Edition.

IRE Virtual Edition Educational Program

Carefully selected. Conveniently delivered. Our sessions are separated into tracks to help you find the education you need. Starting on March 2, and running until April 2, you can explore education at your leisure. But, we highly recommend getting a start during the show days. 

Ask The Experts Live Sessions

We will kick off each morning of the event with one of our "Ask The Experts Live" sessions. Join industry experts for sessions that cover trending topics and get answers to your questions.

Business Ask The Experts Live

The Roofing Industry in a Post-Pandemic World

Tuesday, March 2
10:00 am EST

2020 was a year of tremendous disruption. A new disease left 330,000 Americans dead. The stock market had a roller coaster ride, first losing 1/3 of its value to reaching new heights by year end. 2020 brought levels of unemployment not seen since 2008. Yet, the roofing industry did well. What happened? And now what? Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO will walk us through this unprecedented period of history with an eye toward the future.

Speaker: Reid Ribble 

Technical Ask The Experts Live

Technical Q & A with a Panel of Experts

Wednesday, March 3
10:00 am EST

Have you ever encountered a roofing project design, specification requirement or field condition and wished you could asked your peers about it for their input?  Have you ever encountered a roofing issue and been given a response “We’ve never seen that before.”?  In this live program, a group of leading roofing industry technical experts will discuss current roofing industry technical issues raised by the audience participants. Attend and share your experiences.

Speakers: Mark Graham, Helene Hardy Pierce, Stephen Teal, Dane Bradford

Legal Ask The Experts Live

Current COVID-19 Legal Issues

Thursday, March 4
10:00 am EST

This seminar will be a panel discussion addressing current legal issues related to COVID-19 for roofers, including:

  • What is right—and legal—for your workplace? 
  • How do you evaluate the legal landscape and mitigate risk?
  • Can you require employees to be vaccinated?
  • What are the current COVID-19 trends in the roofing industry?

Speakers: Trent Cotney, John Kenney, Ken Kelly,  Michelle Boykin

Partner Educational Sessions

National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and the Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI) are hosting educational sessions in conjunction with the IRE Virtual Edition.

Please Note: Registration for these events is separate from your IRE Virtual Event registration, and they will be hosted on separate platforms. Please click on the links for each event to register.

VSI Siding Session

VSI Presents - The Basics of Vinyl Siding Installation

Wednesday, March 3
11:00 am - 12:00pm EST

The 60 minute webinar, will be hosted by Rob Balfanz, the VSI’s Director of Workforce Development and Certified Installer Programs and Sponsored by the International Roofing Expo (IRE). Participants will walk away with a strong understanding of the basics of vinyl siding installation, the specialty tools of the trade, access to the many tools and resources that the program offers, as well as a VSI Installer Trainee Certificate – good for up to 2 years!

For more information about the VSI, please visit:

Speakers: Rob Balfanz, Dave Verbofsky

Price: FREE

NRCA Foreman Training

NRCA - Foreman Leadership Training Level 1

Thursday, March 4
9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST

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.

Price: Member - $695, Non Member $895 

Special Event Sessions

Kick back, relax and have a little fun during one of our special events. Each day of the IRE Virtual Edition we will feature a special session providing you with some entertainment and social networking.

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Whiskey + Cigar Bar: A Tasting, hosted by SRS Distribution and Versico

Tuesday, March 2 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

Join NBC’s Today Show wine/spirits expert and Emmy-Award winning host of PBS television’s 100 DAYS, DRINKS, DISHES & DESTINATIONS, Leslie Sbrocco, as she presents a whiskey and cigar pairing hosted by SRS Distribution and Versico. Whether you’re new to enjoying whiskey or a seasoned cigar smoker, Leslie will dive into a variety of whiskeys and bourbons and discuss tips for pairing them with the perfect cigar to match and intensify their flavor profiles. Grab a glass and your favorite cigar and enjoy Leslie’s entertaining learning style. The first 200 people to attend the session will receive a special gift from SRS Distribution and Versico that includes a pair of whiskey glasses and a cigar.

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Virtual Poker Night Sponsored by NWiR

Wednesday, March 3 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

Up the ante with NWiR! Camaraderie doesn’t end because you are working remotely. Sponsored by National Women in Roofing, join us for a virtual poker night to get you ready for Las Vegas and the next in-person IRE this August. This fun interactive session features a private poker platform and a live dealer through Zoom, where you’ll be able to see and interact with everyone at your table. Hosted by poker experts, The Poker People, the team will make sure you have a positive experience and will help with any technical issues. They won’t tell how to play your pocket Aces though. That’s your choice. And we’ll leave it to you to figure out who’s bluffing, so better work on your poker face. Whether you are a master poker player or new to the game, you’ll have an opportunity to socialize, network, and have some fun! Who’s ALL IN to beat the ladies of NWIR? Did we also mention there’s a chance to win a $75 NWiR e-store gift card and a $100 Amazon gift card. Registration for the event is required. After you register for the IRE Virtual Edition, you can register for the poker event on the virtual platform.

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The Wonders of Cirque du Soleil

Thursday, March 4 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

Las Vegas is known for their show-stopping entertainment, events and fun. Get ready to be dazzled by the best circus traditions and acrobatic performances of the world-renowned leader in live entertainment, Cirque du Soleil. Enjoy a special presentation of two of their must-see Las Vegas shows, Mystère and “O”, presented by Visit Las Vegas. Mystère combines the powerful athleticism, high-energy acrobatics and inspiring imagery that provides the ultimate discovery that life itself is a mystery.  Inspired by the concept of infinity and the elegance of water, world-class acrobats, synchronized swimmers and divers create a breathtaking experience in “O”.


NRCA Industry Awards Virtual Ceremony

Friday, March 5 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST

Join NRCA and the Roofing Alliance to honor the pioneers in the roofing industry during NRCA’s Industry Awards Virtual Ceremony. During the virtual event, the 2021 winners of the Roofing Alliance Gold Circle Awards, NRCA/CNA Community Involvement Award, Roofing Alliance Most Valuable Player Awards, NRCA Charlie Raymond Award and NRCA’s most prestigious award—the J.A. Piper Award, honoring a roofing professional who has demonstrated outstanding service to NRCA and the industry—will be announced. Come join the fun as NRCA and the Roofing Alliance recognize members for excellence during the past year! No registration is required. To watch the awards ceremony click the link below.

Watch the NRCA Awards Ceremony >>


NRCA/ROOFPAC Silent Auction

Wednesday, March 3 - Thursday, March 11

Each year the NRCA hosts the ROOFPAC Silent Auction in the NRCA booth. You will be able to bid on a wide selection of fabulous items. All proceeds benefit ROOFPAC, NRCA's political action committee (PAC). ROOFPAC is the only PAC dedicated to supporting the roofing industry's interests in Washington, D.C. For more information, and to bid on items, please contact NRCA’s Washington, D.C. office at (800) 338-5765 or reach out to Teri Dorn, NRCA's director of advocacy and political affairs at [email protected].

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