Application, Fees and Requirements

FEI Participant Criteria

Future Executives Institute is a leadership-focused program intended for those who have or will assume a senior-level position in a roofing contracting business. The business must function primarily as a contractor in the roofing industry as opposed to one primarily engaged in the manufacturing and/or supplying of roofing materials or one whose primary function is consulting, design or testing.

To foster networking among classmates, importance and emphasis is placed on limiting direct competition whenever possible. Doing so ensures the maximum learning environment for each student to feel comfortable speaking openly and freely.

FEI candidates are vetted carefully to ensure they are accepted into the program at the right point in their careers where they can equally learn from and contribute to the class. It is not unusual for a candidate to be asked to reapply for a subsequent class and/or given specific areas to develop to prepare her or him for maximum program benefit.

More than one person per company may apply to the program if each works in a different physical location; however, it is not preferred. The success of the FEI experience is rooted in a student's ability to comfortably share thoughts and questions without hesitancy; therefore, two people from the same company and same location will not be accepted into the same class. A second candidate from the same company only will be considered if there are seats available.

The acceptance criteria for enrollment is strict, and applicants must meet the following criteria: be at least 25 years old as of Jan. 1, 2020, and have at least five years' office-centered management and leadership experience. Field management experience (such as foreman or superintendent), though valuable for operations management, does not typically count toward this five-year requirement. Candidates are encouraged to provide any information they feel addresses their experience.

The FEI committee works hard to build a class cohort aimed at the tenets discussed. Therefore, applicants are wise to provide details for the questions asked especially if certain areas of experience are key to any of the items mentioned above.


Tuition for NRCA members is $7,850 per year, or they can save $1,050 by taking advantage of the three-year prepayment plan of $22,500. (Nonmember rates are available.) Tuition includes all fees, books and most meals. Hotel accommodations are included for the fall session in Chicago but not for the winter session held during the International Roofing Expo. Payment is due upon acceptance into the program.

Application Requirements and Procedure

FEI applicants are chosen based on their answers to the online application and, often, an interview, which is at the discretion of NRCA's FEI Admissions Committee.

An applicant must meet the following criteria for acceptance into FEI:

  • Be at least 25 years old by Jan. 1, 2020.
  • Have five or more years of experience managing and leading a roofing business (see participant criteria description above).
  • Be knowledgeable about his or her company's structure, operations, finance and accounting methods
  • Have had increasingly responsible management/leadership experience

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

To apply:

  1. Meet the age and experience requirements
  2. Open the FEI online application
  3. Enter your answers
  4. Upload your resume and letter of recommendation

Please note:

  • The application must be completed and submitted online. NRCA will not accept .pdf or hard copy applications.
  • Applications will be accepted Jan. 1 through March 31.
  • NRCA suggests applicants review each question and have their answers prepared before starting the online application. Because some questions require preparation, prior applicants have found it beneficial to type their answers into a Word document and then copy and paste them into the application.
  • The resume should be in Word or .pdf format.
  • The sponsor's letter of recommendation should be saved as a Word or .pdf document. A sponsor must be someone from the applicant's company. His or her role is to recommend an applicant for the program and be a mentor and monitor the applicant’s progress along the way. Importantly, a sponsor provides key input on the applicant’s expected career path at the company.

If you have questions, contact Janice Davis, NRCA's director of NRCA University administration, at or (800) 323-9545, ext. 7505 or Tom Shanahan, NRCA vice president of executive education, at or (800) 323-9545, ext. 7538.


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