MCA Metal Roof Installation Training Certification at METALCON
The Metal Construction Association (MCA) launched its new MCA
Metal Roof Installation Training Certification Program in Baltimore
this past October at METALCON. Fifty international participants
from Mexico, Puerto Rico, South America and Canada along with
roofers from the United States attended this inaugural program,
learning key topics related to metal roof installation while
earning MCA's Metal Roofing Certificates of Completion.
After its successful initial launch, top experts in the metal
roofing industry are streamlining and updating this two-day,
certification program based on MCA's Metal Roof Installation Manual
to take place again this year at METALCON in Las Vegas from Oct.
Additional plans for this year include more hands-on training as
part of the certification program including: substrates, safety,
sealants, flashings, panel types and connections, tools, fasteners,
maintenance and more. Again, participants will have the opportunity
to experience quality face time with industry experts, visit the
METALCON exhibit hall throughout the duration of the show and
access the full conference program. The objective is to couple the
training program with hands-on training and the exhibit floor where
participants can see live demonstrations of what they have just
learned, and network with industry experts.
Dana White, of Southeastern Outdoor Products, Clinton, N.C.,
attended the program along with two of her colleagues. "Not only
did we learn about metal roof installation, but we are now able to
answer customers' questions and understand the applications of the
metal roofing products we are selling," says White.
Dario Estrada of ACESCO, Atlántico, Columbia, also attended the
training. "The Metal Roof Installation Training was wellstructured
and interesting, developed in a logical and coherent way,
presenting all of the phases necessary for good installation," says
Estrada. "METALCON was an important experience for my growth and
professional development. Everything I learned will help me
implement the best practices for installation and handling products
in Colombia to guarantee the efficiency and life time of our
Steve Rulli, president of The Mad Roofer, Arden, N.C., and
second generation roofer attended the program to obtain the
certification and learn any new tricks of the trade. "I learned you
could apply some metal roof panel types directly over a shingle
roof by just using a synthetic underlayment over the shingles,"
says Rulli. "I also learned about the type of screw guns needed to
regulate the depth of the screw installation."
Program presenter and vice president of sales with Allentown,
Pa.-based ATAS International Inc., Jim Bush, says the program went
extremely well and was well-received for its first round. "We plan
to modify the content based on attendee feedback," says Bush. "The
evolution will continue. This year we plan to introduce hands-on
training as part of the course, including different elements of
hand tools and a half dozen individual mock-ups on display that
participants can take apart and put back together, i.e. ridge hip
assembly systems, ridge hip valleys, gable assemblies, roof
Scott Kriner, MCA's technical director and program presenter is
looking forward to refining and improving the certification program
for 2017. Kriner, president of Green Metal Consulting Inc.,
Macungie, Pa., explains how both participants and manufacturers
benefit. "Many metal roof manufacturers have their own in-house
training programs for installers and contractors to become familiar
with specific profiled panels, trim, clips and ancillaries," says
Kriner. "Now with this new Metal Roof Installation Training
program, these manufacturers will have access to a pool of
qualified individuals trained in key topics related to metal roof
installation. Therefore, their installers and contractors will be
prepared to hit the ground running with a basic knowledge gained
through the certification program at METALCON. As a result,
manufacturers will be able to create more efficient and tailored
in-house training programs."
"For those outside the metal roofing industry, this
certification program offers a great opportunity to learn about the
industry and experience practical, hands-on training in the topics
most roof installers are required to know," says Kriner.
Claire Kilcoyne, METALCON show director, is excited about the
added value of the hands-on segment of the program planned for this
year. "Our goal is to increase awareness of the benefits of metal
roofing, while providing participants the opportunity to network
and learn from top industry experts, experience hands-on training
and the exhibit floor, where they can touch, see and feel what
they've just learned," says Kilcoyne.
For more information, visit www.metalcon.com.