Installer FAQs


NRCA ProCertified roof system installers have passed a comprehensive online knowledge exam addressing the roof system in which they are certified and a hands-on performance exam where they demonstrated their installation skills while following industry safety standards. Both exams were developed in accordance with rigorous national certification standards to ensure the exams accurately reflect the skills and knowledge required by a professional roof system installer.

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

ProCertification is only for experienced workers; however, NRCA provides information to help workers decide whether they are ready to pursue certification. While more seasoned workers may feel they are ready to take their exam without preparation, NRCA recommends that all candidates take time to review NRCA's ProCertification readiness checklists, tutorials and practice exams on the NRCA Readiness Resources page.

Yes. Candidates can access NRCA ProCertification tutorials, practice exams, and readiness checklists at

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

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.

All scores are calculated using standard psychometric practices and results are reported as a pass/fail score.

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.

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

No, you should not schedule your performance exam until you have received official notification of the results.

You must schedule and complete the hands-on performance exam within 6 months of passing the online exam.

Yes, you will have to submit a retest application with the applicable fee and take (and pass) the online exam again.


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 your online exam or miss your appointment, you will be charged a rescheduling fee based on the following:

  • Five days or less before your appointment: $100
  • Six-29 days before your appointment: $35
  • Thirty days or more before your appointment: No rescheduling fee will be charged.
  • Also, if you fail to provide a valid photo ID upon arrival to your appointment, you will have to reschedule and be charged a $100 rescheduling fee.

If you are not successful at passing the proctored online exam, you will be charged 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.

No, the Qualified Assessor fee is not included in the registration fee. Qualified Assessors set their own pricing, which may be negotiated between the candidate and the Qualified Assessor.

The fee is based on an hourly rate set by the Qualified Assessor, plus any travel-related expenses. This fee may change based on the location of the exam and the travel required.

Certification Maintenance

Yes, NRCA will implement a Certification Maintenance program in mid-to-late 2020.


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