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History of the CERTA Torch Program.

In 1986, the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association (MRCA), in conjunction with the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association and the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, developed a curriculum for training roofing workers in the safe application of torch-applied roof systems. This program was named the Certified Roofing Torch Applicator Program, or CERTA. CERTA training demonstrates how proper roof system configuration design and application techniques can result in fire-safe installations.

In 2003, the insurance industry approached National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) to address concerns about increasing incidents and losses occurring during torching activities by roofing contractors. NRCA recognizes torching activities are and will continue to be a major part of the roofing industry, and roofing workers traditionally have been trained in torch use using on-the-job techniques. This training method typically has not addressed safety concerns; rather production thus, the need became apparent for focused safety training in torching activities. NRCA has arranged with MRCA to adopt and revise the CERTA program to meet this industry need.

It is critical that the roofing industry have access to loss control and OSHA compliance training. thesafetytorch.com serves many common roofing professionals. Our goal is to Empower the Skilled Workforce to earn a living to last a Lifetime by providing CERTA training to our clients, doing what we can to eliminate torch losses.

National Roofing Contractors Association - Certified Roofing Torch Applicator Program Description

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This CERTA program provides the latest safety practices and new industry requirements for torching activities. CERTA delivers these requirements through the combined use of this student manual, video instruction and a hands-on training class. There is no comparable safety training program available in the roofing industry.

Safety is the cornerstone of success for any roof system installation. The CERTA program is designed to provide safety training for roofing professionals at all levels. This certification program comprises standards and safety practices that companies can use to implement and expand their safety programs.

The CERTA program addresses the safety concerns of roofing contractors, the insurance industry, fire and code authorities, roofing material manufacturers, equipment manufacturers and fuel suppliers.

Upon successful completion of the CERTA training, students will be able to:
• List personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements for torching activities
• Describe basic first-aid procedures associated with torching activities
• Explain proper steps and procedures for handling propane gas cylinders
• Identify components of a torch assembly
• Demonstrate safe assembly, lighting and use of torch equipment
• Identify the key elements of a comprehensive pre-job inspection
• Recognize hazardous areas
• Prescribe hazard controls when torching near hazardous areas
• Demonstrate safe torching techniques near hazardous areas
• Explain post-job fire watch and other duties

Students will be certified as a Certified Roofing Torch Applicator. A CERTA identification card will be issued to you, and a list of certified applicators’ names will be maintained in a secure database.

This certification will remain valid for (3) three years. It may be rescinded if you are observed performing unsafe work practices or behaviors. Certain re-certification conditions and additional training and testing will be required at the end of the three-year period for you to maintain certification.