By: Henry Staggs, NCCER Master Trainer
October 10th, 2021
Over the past few years, there have been many efforts to develop a more standardized roofing training program. Over time all those hard-working people, or at least a good number of them. Have ended up collaborating. That collaboration eventually led to the partnership with the NRCA and the NCCER. Who has completed the revised NCCER Roofing Level One accredited curriculum? As I type this blog post, Roofing Level two is in its final steps and should be on the market sometime this year.
Who is the NCCER?
The acronym stands for the National Center of Construction Education and Research. These are the people who develop most of the Trades curriculum used by trade schools. They work with Pearson Publishing, which is the largest provider of textbooks. As far as I know, anyway, and if not the largest. They are still up at the top of the ladder.
Who is the NRCA?
All of you, roofing professionals, should know who the NRCA are. The National Roofing Contractors Association. Worked very closely with the NCCER team to develop the Level One Roofing curriculum. The NRCA is working harder than ever before. Toward the development of legit and standardized training programs. From the classroom to the contractor. The NRCA wants to see everyone grow and thrive in our industry.
How does it all work?
As you know, we all do roofing a little differently from one side of the nation to the other. We do things differently simply because our environmental factors are different. For example, you don't roof the same in Washing State, as you might in southern Arizona. The environmental factors are different, and our roof systems need to be designed for the environment, but they are being built in.
The NCCER folks interview potential Subject Mater Experts. In our case, roofing professionals from all around the nation. Joined the collaborative effort as Subject Mater Experts. This means that all of those different environmental factors were taken into consideration. Making this particular program relevant no matter what state you live and work in.
The following list is the SME's who helped and are still helping. To get the newly revised roofing level and level two into the marketplace. No one on this list was specifically paid to be an SME. Being an SME is a voluntary and unpaid role. These folks took part in this work because they CARE, not for the money. If you know any of these folks, say THANK YOU.
What does this mean for you?
It's not exactly a secret that our industry is beginning for skilled labor. Just this past week, I was on the phone with the local Build Your Future Initiative. Roofing in Arizona alone is looking at 15,000 unfilled positions in the roofing industry this year alone. That means we could put 15,000 newly trained and skilled workers to work this year in Arizona. That's just Arizona. Can you imagine what the national picture looks like? As far as need goes, roofing is way at the top of the list.
How can you get involved?
Roofers are, in general, independent-minded people. We don't like being told what to do, and we tend to be far more proud of ourselves than we should be. That spirit of independence makes our industry so dynamic, but it also keeps us from being included in so many other things. Suppose you wonder what I mean by that go to any trade school site. Try to find roofing as a stand-alone program. Or even on the list at all. We are not there!
Here is an example of such a list. This one was taken from the East Valley Institute of Technology. Who, by the way, has opened their doors to us. We've done several presentations and demonstrations there and have intentions of doing more soon.
High School & Daytime Programs
Do you see roofing? That is what we need to change.
It gets better though
The plan started with the goal of getting ROOFING in the trade schools. As its own stand-alone program, not a paragraph in a book about carpentry. The goal was to get roofing on the list.
As things evolved, the mission stayed the same, but it got even better. Not only can we bring roofing to the trade schools. We can bring the trade schools to YOU! Imagine being able to offer an accredited roofing course right there in your own company. Imagine how well you could train your crews. How many ways you can use something like this as a company recruiting tool. You could even turn it into another profit center for your company.
Being a Training Unit
What is that? Any commercial location where an NCCER Certified Craft Trainer is delivering the NCCER curriculum. That could be your office, where house. And in some cases, even on the job site. The flexibility of this program gives all independently minded roofers. A chance to be involved and not be taken too far out of our comfort zone at the same time.
How do YOU get started?
Don't worry too much about how to get started. During these past few years, while the program has been in development. I have been working behind the scenes. Jumping through the hoops, spending time and money, to set up an Accredited Training Sponsor. Becoming a Master Trainer and together with Eagle Roofing Products. We've already started training the first group of Roofing Craft Trainers.
The next steps.
If you are interested in learning more, you can always email me at email@example.com. Or call me at (480) 265-1613
I am more than happy to talk with you. I mean, seriously, I would LOVE to talk to you about it.
Suppose you are ready to leap. The next step is to get the right person or persons certified as a crafting trainer. This person would be someone who has a journeyman level of experience. Loves to help others and share knowledge and skills.
They attend a three-day training to learn how to be a trainer. All about the NCCER and how to navigate through the program. And get all the tools they'll need to get started. A few more administrative matters, and your people can be certified as NCCER Craft Trainers. This means you can deliver the program in your own location, and your students receive full credit.
Everyone who participates will get a unique NCCER number. Potential employers use this number to verify the candidates knowledge and experience.
Go to this site and type in my number 22547352, and you'll see my personal transcript. Each student gets their own transcripts.
There is more...
I could author a book about this and all the work that is gone into it. And more so the numerous ways you can use this kind of program to improve your own production and marketing.
Reach out to me and let us talk.
NCCER Master Trainer.
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