Service Spotlight: CERTA Training

As any roofer can tell you, there are numerous risks that they face on the job every day. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, roofers have one of the highest rates of injuries and illnesses of all occupations, as well as one of the highest rates of occupational fatalities. And while there is no way to eliminate all risks that are associated with roofing, there are certainly solid and proven methods for reducing and mitigating such risks. In addition to using the appropriate safety equipment, crews can and should receive regular safety training to be prepared and safe on the job.

Today, we are highlighting a specific training that is in high demand – CERTA. In fact, CERTA training is in such high demand that Brauner Safety Services has dedicated an entire website to it ( So, what is CERTA Training?

CERTA training demonstrates how proper roof system configuration design and application techniques can result in fire-safe installations. The current CERTA program provides the best practices and newest industry requirements for torching activities through a certification program where authorized trainers deliver effective behavior-based training to roofers. There is no comparable program available in the roofing industry.   

According to NRCA: “The CERTA training program is ideal for contractors whose work involves torch applications.  The full-day program trains experienced roof system installers on the safe use of roofing torches used to apply polymer-modified bitumen roofing products. CERTA training shows how proper roof system configuration design and application techniques can result in fire-safe installations.”

In addition to properly preparing roofers for torch activities, CERTA training provides many benefits to a company’s bottom line and reputation. Benefits include but are not limited to insurance savings, hazard/liability control and employee safety. CERTA training lowers the risk for roofing contractors, assures compliance with insurance underwriting guidelines and reduces exposure of personal and corporate assets.

Not only is this particular training important, but who you choose to train your team is critical to your success. When choosing a CERTA trainer, it is important that they meet high standards and qualifications. Consider the following:

How long have they been providing CERTA Training?

You should choose a provider with at least 30 years of experience and a proven success record in the industry. Jim Brauner possesses more than 30 years of experience in the roofing industry and a comprehensive understanding of contractors’ needs and methods for training crews to be prepared for a variety of situations.

Can they provide an extensive list of references?

Talk to previous clients and check their reviews. Brauner Safety Services has been endorsed by the trusted insurance provider to the roofing industry (Rob Foote – Furman Insurance). When discussing Brauner Safety’s CERTA program, Rob Foote stated: “Brauner Safety Services is our leading safety and loss control partner… Since Brauner Safety Services began providing CERTA training for our clients, their torch losses in our roofing portfolio are zero. Historically torch losses in the roofing industry average a minimum of $1M a month in financial loss.  Jim’s ability to engage both field staff and operation leaders on torch application techniques clearly delivers a reduced risk and enhanced efficiencies for our roofing clients.”

How many CERTA classes have they taught?

At Brauner Safety Services, Jim is the leader in CERTA training, with approximately 500 CERTA classes taught; he has a long history as an instructor for NRCA’s Train-the-trainer program, so you are learning from the instructor who trains the next generation of educators in CERTA.

To learn more about CERTA training programs and to schedule your next session, contact Brauner Safety Services today.


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