How to become an NRCIA Certified Roof Inspector

Earning your certification is a straightforward process. Complete our training, conduct a practice inspection, and meet with an Instructor.


The full onboarding process generally takes about 2 – 4 weeks depending on your schedule. Onboarding is fully online, so you can earn your certification on your time. To learn more about the education program, visit:


Below is an onboarding checklist for new inspectors. Please note that NRCIA Affiliates do not complete the same onboarding process. Feel free to download the checklist and share with your team!



Have questions? Send us a message at to contact an NRCIA representative or schedule a demo.



New Preferred Partner: RAES

NRCIA is excited to announce our new partnership with RAES!


RAES provides solutions exclusively for roofing and exterior contractors with custom management software and business consulting services that optimize your sales, production, and accounting operations.

While business owners and their administrative team might be adept at the professional skills customers expect, the reputation of a company can often be left vulnerable to the shortcomings of subcontractors and other associates. Whether a sales rep neglects to follow-up with a quote, your supplier loses track of your order, or your subcontractor no-call no-shows, as far as the customer is concerned, the buck stops with you and your company.

That is why Robert Budron founded RAES. His company’s driving idea is that, with the right tools, business owners in the roofing and exterior restoration industry can greatly reduce and even eliminate many of the common problems plaguing their reputation with customers. RAES focuses on developing personalized solutions for roofing and exterior contractors through a combination of technology and consultative business services.

We invite you to learn more about RAES and how they are helping owners take back control over their business, and in the process, RAES the industry standard.





How Insurance Companies Reduce Claims by Requiring LeakFREE® Roof Certifications

By its very nature, the insurance business is somewhat of a gamble. There are, however, ways to keep your customers’ roof claims to a minimum. All it takes is an understanding of your top risks and a knowledge of the right strategies to protect your customers’ property. One of those strategies is to require a specific type of roof certification called a LeakFREE® Roof Certification.

What Is a LeakFREE® Certification and What Does It Entail?

A LeakFREE® Roof Certification is a unique type of certification that can only be offered by members of the National Roof Certification and Inspection Association (NRCIA). This certification is a guarantee on the roof that the guarantor will assume all liability for covered damages of the roof for the certification period, usually two years. The guarantor will either repair or pay for repairs for any covered damages during that time.

A LeakFREE® Roof Certification involves:

+ A thorough roof inspection with a detailed inspection report

+ An assessment of the roof’s current health and validation that it fortified against future damage

+ A warranty is guaranteed for a set length of time, putting the liability on the guarantor for all covered damages during that time

For homeowners, this inspection is a strong asset to have, as many insurance companies will offer discounts for those with a LeakFREE® Roof Certification. In fact, some insurers will only insure homes with LeakFREE® Roof Certifications.

One NRCIA inspector served an older client whose insurance provider would only insure her wood shake roof if she received a LeakFREE® Roof Certification. He inspected her roof and gave her a repair estimate, performed the repairs, and issued her a two-year LeakFREE® Roof Certification. Not only was he able to help her get the homeowner’s insurance she needed, but he continued to inspect and re-certify her roof every two years for the remainder of the roof’s life.

How LeakFREE® Certifications Benefit Insurance Companies

The obvious benefit of a LeakFREE® Roof Certification for homeowners is that they can ensure that they won’t need to pay for any repairs that fall into the certification’s coverage. However, insurance companies benefit as well by reducing the potential of a roof claim.

An insurer can mitigate risks because a roof with a LeakFREE® Roof Certification will not need repairs for any covered damages for the length of the certification. You can rest assured that claims for this period are highly unlikely.

Second, insurers will also benefit by knowing that the roof is getting proper maintenance and repairs during its certification period. This lowers the risk for claims even after the certification period ends because many roof claims are the result of shoddy prior repairs or a lack of past maintenance. Not only will this save you the expense of paying out claims for roof repairs, but it will save you in claims for internal home damage that occurs from a roof failure, such as interior water damage from leaks.

Mitigating your risks for a roof claim is more important now than ever and this need will likely continue to rise because roofing claims appear to be increasing. For example, one particular company reported a 25% increase in roof claims from 2019 to 2020. We are also seeing increases in some of the top causes of roofing damage, such as hail losses which cost up to $14 billion per year, and fire losses which cost an average of $28 billion per year.

As climate change continues, hailstorms and wildfires are expected to increase along with other causes of roof damage. In this time of increasing risks and losses, any steps you can take to lower your claims and losses will be critical to your bottom line.

Encouraging LeakFREE® Roof Certifications Among Your Customers

If you want to reap the benefits of LeakFREE® Roof Certifications, it may be as easy as implementing a new policy for your customers. You may choose to require these specialized certifications in select circumstances or to offer a discount to any customer with a LeakFREE® Roof Certification.

In either case, the NRCIA is available to help you learn more about LeakFREE® Roof Certifications, how to entice your customers to receive them, and how to educate your customers about the benefits. Contact the NRCIA today to learn more.

New Preferred Partner: The Roofer’s Helper


NRCIA is excited to announce our new partnership with The Roofer’s Helper!


The Roofer’s Helper is a media company that provides roofing resources for contractors and homeowners, and promotes roofing contractors and vendors on social media and the web.


Their roofing resources provide contractors with helpful information, tips, and news that are needed to build a successful roofing venture.


Follow them on Facebook or Instagram to stay up-to-date on the one of the biggest networks of roofers



IRE February 1-3, 2022

International Roofing Expo | New Orleans  February 1-3, 2022 



The premier roofing and exteriors event, the International Roofing Expo (IRE), is headed back to New Orleans from February 1-3, 2022. The show is taking place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. 


Each year the IRE brings together thousands of residential and commercial roofing and exterior construction professionals to help them grow their careers and expand their businesses. This year’s event will feature the industry’s top suppliers and manufacturers, 60+ educational sessions taught by leading industry experts, and various networking events. To view the current floor plan and exhibitor list, visit


During the three-day event, attendees will connect with their peers while experiencing a full range of educational sessions and activities, including the return of the keynote session. The IRE is excited to have the honorable Reid Ribble, NRCA CEO, as the keynote speaker for IRE 2022.


Attendees that purchase a Conference Super Pass will have access to 45 conference sessions, 20+ show floor educational sessions, the exhibit hall, keynote session, and the welcome party. The Expo Hall Pass includes access to the exhibit hall, 20+ show floor educational sessions, and the keynote session. In addition, attendees can participate in NRCA special events and training classes for an additional fee. 


Register today and get a FREE Expo Hall Pass or 10% Off a Conference Super Pass. Click Here to Register


Guided by Informa AllSecure, the International Roofing Expo aims to deliver the highest levels of hygiene and safety at its event. To learn more about Informa AllSecure, and the IRE’s health and safety measures, visit our Health & Safety Page





New Member’s Only Facebook Community

NRCIA Facebook Community Page


NRCIA has opened a new community page for homeowners & members to engage and connect with each other!


To access this group, click the link above and join the page. We will also post contests, surveys, and some of our industry insights on this member’s only group.


Don’t miss out on anything, join today!



NRCIA Welcomes A New Inspector, Lorenzo of LVM Roofing Services!

Lorenzo Virgen Mendoza

(909) 559-5784


(San Bernardino, CA) – The NRCIA is proud to introduce its newest Certified Roof Inspector, Lorenzo Virgen Mendoza. As a new member of the NRCIA, Lorenzo will help further the NRCIA’s goal of building confidence and credibility in the roofing industry.


Lorenzo Virgen Mendoza is the owner of  LVM Roofing Services. He started working in the San Bernardino area this year. LVM Roofing Services’ mission is to provide exceptional value in meeting the roofing needs of homeowners and the real estate community, with consistent and high standards of service and professionalism.


Lorenzo has completed the NRCIA’s comprehensive training curriculum and is an NRCIA professionally accredited roof inspector. He is ready to serve the community by inspecting, counseling, and certifying roofs according to the NRCIA’s thorough standards.


We are excited for Lorenzo‘s next step as a roofing professional!


If your roof needs to be inspected or certified, contact the NRCIA today!

NRCIA Celebrates 22 Years In 2017

NRCIA is THE authority in LeakFREE® roof protection.


NRCIA stands for excellence in property care: improving the way roofs are inspected and maintained so that there is no unexpected loss of property due to normal wear and tear. Our association specializes in providing the real estate community with confidence that a LeakFREE® roof protects their investment or asset for the duration of the LeakFREE® roof certification period.


The NRCIA accomplishes this through:


1. Thoroughly training and certifying capable roof inspectors and roof contractors to use its patent-pending process to perform inspections to determine if a roof qualifies for a LeakFREE® Roof Certification, and

2. Proactively and reactively connecting the real estate community with NRCIA certified roof inspectors and contractors.

In other words, the NRCIA has been connecting you with the best possible roof inspector or contractor in your area to provide you with the greatest roof assurance in every real estate transaction.



Roof Inspectors

NRCIA roof inspectors are professionally trained and accredited to thoroughly inspect for roof leaks or the potential likelihood of a leaky roof. All members enroll in annual continuing education that trains them to better serve you. They are also committed to adhering to NRCIA’s core values – so that you know exactly who is serving you.


Roof Inspection

The NRCIA is the leader in offering quality roof inspections from certified members. Having a roof inspection gives valuable insight into the health of your roof. After a thorough 1 hour inspection of the interior of the house, the attic, the perimeter of the house, any attached garage and rooftop, then the inspector will create a detailed report specifying any necessary repairs with reliable estimation of cost. If there are not any necessary repairs, or after the repairs are made by an NRCIA Contractor, then the roof qualifies for an NRCIA Roof Certification.


Roof Certification

No other roof warranty beats NRCIA’s LeakFREE® Roof Certification. Our warranty means that your roof will not leak for up to 5 years, or the contractor will do the repairs for free if the cause of the leak is from something missed in the inspection or from normal wear-and-tear. The NRCIA accommodates to you by making the certification renewable after the certification period expires and transferrable to new homeowners.


NRCIA Difference

No one compares to the NRCIA when it comes to trained roofing professionals and the quality roofing services we provide. In fact, there is no other national roofing association that offers standardized and recognized inspections and certifications.


Want to become NRCIA certified roofing professional?

Go here to Sign Up today