What is a trade association?
Trade association noun an association of people or companies in a particular business or trade organized to promote their common interests.
Why should you join a trade association?
If you care about the industry that feeds you and you want to see it become better and grow. One of the best way to help make that happen is by joining a trade association. Joining a trade association is not enough though, you have to get involved. Attending meetings, join committees, volunteer and so on. If you enter and expect something for that alone, you will be very disappointed. The fact is that you get out of any association what you put into it.
Which trade association is best for you?
Not all associations are created equal, and not all associations are out for the best interest of the industry. Believe or not there is for-profit business hiding under cover of being a trade association, and while they may be doing some good. They are in it to make money. Don't get me wrong; bills need to get paid. I am just suggesting that you take a close look at the real motivations behind the association you are considering investing your money in.
What do you need help with? Does the association offer what you need? What can you provide, this can't be all take and no give. Are there committees and other activities of the association that you have talents to contribute to? How many of your business associates are members? Does this association help you get in front of your target market? Do they offer training and certification programs?
There is no perfect list of questions you can ask, you have to look at all the possibilities and weigh them for your benefit, and how you can be a benefit to the association.
Or do what most people do, join to use the logo and never set foot in the door. Sad but true.
Here are some local Associations relevant to the Roofing and Waterproofing industry in Arizona.
ARCA Arizona Roofing Contractors Association - https://www.azroofing.org
Established in 1969, ARCA is a dynamic and well-respected subcontractor trade association. We have grown to become one of the largest trade associations in Arizona, with over 250 members throughout the state.
Western States Roofing Contractor's Association http://wsrca.com -
Western States Roofing Contractors Association is a non-profit regional association of roofing, roof deck and waterproofing contractors and industry related associate members. The association's close and frequent contact with members and its programs and services are vital to the successful operation of member companies.
National Roofing Contractor's Association http://www.nrca.net -
The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) is one of the construction industry's most respected trade associations and the voice of roofing professionals and leading authority in the roofing industry for information, education, technology, and advocacy. Founded in 1886, NRCA is a nonprofit association that represents all segments of the roofing industry, including contractors; manufacturers; distributors; architects; consultants; engineers; building owners; and county, city, and state government agencies. NRCA's mission is to inform and assist the roofing industry, act as its principal advocate and help members in serving their customers. NRCA continually strives to enhance every aspect of the roofing industry
IIBCE is formally known as Roof Consultants Institute https://rci-online.org -
RCI, Inc. is an international association of building envelope consultants. Members specialize in design, investigation, repair, and management of roofing, exterior wall, and waterproofing systems.
National Safety Council https://www.acnsc.org/ The Arizona Chapter National Safety Council (ACNSC) founded in 1949. It is a locally controlled Arizona not-for-profit 501(c)3 Corporation.
Mission & Vision
Our purpose is to educate and motivate people to live safer and healthier lives whether at home, work, school, play or on the highway.
United Union of Roofers and waterproofers and allied workers http://www.unionroofers.com = The United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, based in Washington, D.C., has 22,000 members participating in nine regional district councils across the country. The union represents members who apply all types of roofing and waterproofing systems, including but not limited to: all low-sloped roofing systems (vegetative and solar photovoltaic roofs), structural waterproofing, steep-sloped roofing systems, and air barrier applications.
Help us out, if you do join any of these trade associations please tell them that The Arizona Roofer sent you. THANKS
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