Qualified Assessor FAQs


It's simple. Qualified Assessors:

  • Can expand their current businesses
  • Generate additional revenue by charging NRCA ProCertification candidates an appropriate fee for conducting their performance exams
  • Gain access to NRCA ProCertification materials, including educational content, resources, documents, manuals, policies and procedures, agreements, Job Task Analyses, Testing Locations, etc.
  • Achieve professional recognition and an NRCA Qualified Assessor digital badge
  • Can offer Qualified Assessor services to customers and others pursuing NRCA ProCertification

No. If you meet the eligibility requirements and understand proper installation methods for the roofing discipline you will be assessing, no specific training is required.

Those interested in becoming NRCA ProCertification Qualified Assessors must first pass an online, open-book exam that addresses NRCA ProCertification policies and procedures. Once complete, they must pass a proctored, online final exam that is offered at thousands of testing centers throughout the U.S. If you are anxious about the exam, you can prepare by reviewing the Qualified Assessor Participant Handbook.

For the proctored testing location nearest you, call (866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722) and ask for NRCA's Certification Department or email QAsupport@nrca.net.

Qualified Assessors are permitted, at their discretion, to charge a fee for conducting performance exams. However, if a Qualified Assessor chooses to charge a fee, he or she must charge the same fee to all candidates for whom the Qualified Assessor conducts the same performance exam. The Qualified Assessor may not vary charges or discriminate in the fees charged for any reason. NRCA does not receive any part of fees Qualified Assessors are paid.

An installer's hands-on performance exam can be conveniently conducted at the installer's contractor's shop or job site if it meets NRCA Standard Testing Conditions. If this is not an option, NRCA will help you find an exam location that meets NRCA's Standard Testing Conditions, such as a local manufacturer's training center; local union training facility; local, state or regional roofing association training center; vocational school; community college; or other type of facility. Click here for additional information about Authorized Testing Locations.

A Qualified Assessor can assess up to four candidates at one time.

Qualified Assessors cannot conduct performance exams for individuals who are direct employees or subcontracted employees of the same company that also employs the Qualified Assessor.

All applicants for the Qualified Assessor credential must be a minimum 21 years of age. Specific roof system eligibility is outlined in the NRCA ProCertification Qualified Assessor Participant Handbook.

As merely an agent acting on behalf of NRCA, an NRCA Qualified Assessor acting in good faith should not be personally liable for the results of any NRCA decisions, actions or omissions related to the certification of any individual, nor any decisions, actions or omissions of any installer who becomes NRCA ProCertified. This includes all actions or omissions relating to quality of performance or workmanship by any NRCA ProCertified installer.

NRCA ProCertification has been developed in accordance with ISO and ANSI accreditation standards to ensure high-quality, highly defensible certifications that meet the needs of the roofing industry. NRCA is the certifying body, not the Qualified Assessor. An NRCA Qualified Assessor is merely recording what occurs during a hands-on performance exam; NRCA determines whether the applicant passes or fails the exam and is sufficiently skilled to earn the NRCA certification. NRCA maintains valid liability insurance for the purpose of conducting its ProCertification program.

Testing Information

Proctored, online exams must be taken at secure computer testing centers located throughout the U.S. For the location nearest you, call (866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722) and ask for NRCA's Certification Department or email QAsupport@nrca.net.

Most candidates complete the exam in less than two hours, but you are allowed up to 2 1/2 hours.

Yes; you may retake the proctored online exam after a five-day grace period.

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

NRCA only will provide general feedback, such as areas of poor performance, not question-specific results.

To gain admission to 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.


The Qualified Assessor program enrollment fee covers online training and one attempt at the online exam, per person per discipline. You also receive your NRCA ProCertification ID card, hardhat decals and digital badge as evidence of your certification.

If you cancel your Qualified Assessor 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.

Qualified Assessors must pay an annual maintenance fee of $149 for NRCA members and $299 for nonmembers. One annual fee covers all designations earned.



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