Free and Almost Free Roofing Training

Free and Almost Free Roofing Training
Traditionally most roofers learn on the job, which is not the wrong way to learn. Assuming the roofer training knows what they are doing. But how can you know, they know what they are doing? How can you be sure they aren't passing bad habits onto you? Too often, bad habits are passed on unintentionally. 
It's up to you as the roofer to seek out your training and education, which can be a little challenging. I can say though at the time I am writing this article, I happen to know some changes are coming to that will make finding good training for new and old roofers much easier. For now, however, you have to be willing to do a little digging on your own. 
What are the advantages of getting training and education
  • For one you are smarter, that should be a given
  • You will know and understand the materials you're using better, why they work the way they do.
  • You will know and understand installation methods and technics better, why practices have changed over time. 
  • You will earn certificates to show potential employers that you know your trade that you have taken extra steps, beyond many others, to become an expert in your profession. 
  • Doors for advancement will open up to you,
  • You will feel better about yourself because learning and growing is a good thing to do your self-satisfaction.
To help make this journey a little easier for you, I have taken the time to dig up a bunch of resources for you. Some of these are free or low cost. Others not so much, but they are all credible and respected in the industry. 
I wish you the very best on your journey, and if I can ever help, just let me know.
Trade associations 
ARCA offers classes regularly; if your company is a member, you get in for $5. If not, the cost is $150.
Arizona I.I.B.E.C. holds quarterly meetings with a speaker at each meeting discussing some roof topic, usually speaking to the design perspective. 
The National Roofing Contractor's Association
The Tile Roof Institute
The National Institute of Building Sciences
The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association
Manufacturer training and demonstrations
You can always reach out to your local distributors and ask them when the manufactures will be doing demonstrations. 
Fire Stone B.P.U.I. Building Products University
Industry publications
Roofing Contractor Magazine
Professional Roofing  
I.I.B.E.C.'s Interface magazine 
Coatings Pro Magazine
Spray Foam Magazine
Water Proof Magazine
Some other exciting resources I found

The bottom line here is that you, the tradesperson are responsible for your education and training; don't wait around for your boss to offer it. Ask for it, demand it, and go out and get it. Then work for the contractor who appreciates and encourages your efforts to grown in your knowledge, skill, and as professional. We need more great people on the roof, are you one of them? 
Henry Staggs, R.R.O.
Roof Consultant and Roofing Industry Advocate
(480) 265-1613

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