Installer FAQs

General

NRCA ProCertification offers you:

  • National, professional recognition
  • Independently validated expertise and skills
  • Certifications that stay with you throughout your career
  • Increased employer confidence and value
  • Pride knowing you’re a leading professional in your field

Possibly, but not likely. ProCertification is only for experienced workers. However, NRCA has information to help you decide whether you are ready to become certified. For example, foremen have:

  • A Job Task Analysis that describes the knowledge and skills identified as important for the specific certification
  • An Employer Verification Form that functions as a readiness checklist to confirm you have the necessary experience to take the online exam

If you are anxious about the exam, NRCA is developing an easy-to-use tutorial about how to take the online exam, along with a practice exam that will be available in the months ahead.

No. As long as you meet the experience and skills requirements, no specific training is required.

Testing Information

A roofing worker seeking certification must schedule his or her hands-on, skills-based performance exam with a ProCertification Qualified Assessor and NRCA can help locate one for you. For more information about finding a Qualified Assessor in your area, call (866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722) and ask for the Certification Department.

NRCA ProCertification consists of two unique but straightforward exams. One is to test your knowledge on the roofing system, the second is to test your actual installation skills.

The first is an online exam taken at a local Prometric computer testing facility. Prometric offers thousands of testing sites across the world searchable by ZIP code. To find the center nearest you, visit www.prometric.com.

The second exam is a hands-on, skills-based performance exam and may be taken at any physical location as long as the location meets NRCA's standard testing conditions.

Potential locations include a roofing contractor's shop, local manufacturer's training center, local distribution center, local union training facility, vocational school, community college or other type of facility. In addition to these independent testing locations, NRCA also is establishing Authorized Testing Locations that in the future, will be listed publicly and searchable by zip code on NRCA’s website.

All hands-on performance testing activities are scheduled by NRCA ProCertification Qualified Assessors. To find a Qualified Assessor in your area, call (866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722) and ask for the Certification Department.

Yes. All information, materials and tests are available in English and Spanish. If you are concerned about your literacy, the online knowledge exam also is available as an “audio-delivery” option where the questions can be heard via a headset at the Prometric location. Spanish-speaking ProCertification candidates can have their hands-on performance exams conducted by an NRCA Qualified Assessor who speaks conversational Spanish.

The online exam is time limited; most candidates finish in less than an hour, but you are allowed up to 2 hours. You should arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled exam times to complete the secure check-in process. You are allowed up to 15 minutes to view the online tutorial before starting the timed exam.

The hands-on, skills-based performance exam also is time limited and takes up to 2 1/2 hours to complete depending on the type of roof system. It is advised that you arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled hands-on exam time to check-in and complete any needed setup tasks.

Yes; you may retake either the online exam or the hands-on, skills-based performance exam if needed. You may retake the online portion of the exam after a five-day grace period.

The hands-on performance exam may be rescheduled with the same NRCA Qualified Assessor, or a different Qualified Assessor. The Qualified Assessor is required to give NRCA a 10-day notice for any scheduled performance exam.

NRCA advises candidates who fail an exam to review the Job Task Analysis and the tasks listed in the Employer Verification Form to better prepare for the exam retake.

Exam results only are reported as a pass/fail score. You must complete an evaluation form to rate your Qualified Assessor before you can see your performance exam score. All scores are calculated using standard psychometric practices.

To gain admission to all NRCA ProCertification testing centers, you must present a valid (unexpired) government issued photo ID such as a driver’s license, passport or work authorization card. Failure to supply proper ID at the time of the exam is considered a missed appointment and an additional exam fee may apply.

Fees

The certification fee covers NRCA staff review of an application and one attempt at the online exam, per person per discipline. Once certified, your installer certification is valid for 3 years. You also receive your NRCA ProCertification ID card, hardhat decals and digital badge as evidence of your certification.

The certification fee does not include the cost of the 2nd, hands-on, skills-based performance exam. That cost is arranged between you and the Qualified Assessor conducting the exam. Previous fees have ranged from $0 to around $250.

If you cancel within 5-days of your exam, miss your appointment or fail to provide a valid photo ID upon arrival, Prometric will charge you a rescheduling fee. If you are not successful at passing the online exam, NRCA will charge a retake fee of $199 for members and $399 for nonmembers. NRCA Qualified Assessors charge their own retake fees; NRCA is not involved with hands-on testing fees charged by NRCA Qualified Assessors.

What Happens Next?

The hands-on, skills-based performance exam is a timed event. Only the Qualified Assessor can estimate how long it may take, therefore only he or she can set the fee they need to charge. As more Qualified Assessors become available, we see pricing going down, not up. If you are concerned, there are ways to mitigate this expense. For example, you could competitively bid with several Qualified Assessors to provide this service.

What Happens Next?

NRCA emails you within 10 days of taking your exams regarding your pass/fail status.

For both exams, NRCA only will provide general feedback, such as areas of poor performance; not question- or task-specific results.

 

 

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