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Guilbert Express Announces Local Training Classes

Distributors across the U.S. are opening their doors to provide training classes on roofing torch safety and soldering techniques.

The classes help roofing companies save time and money by offering classes in local settings as well as specialty training not readily available through other organizations.Taught by highly qualified instructors, each class is customized based on the unique requirements and regulations of each state and the needs of the local market. 

Philip Lucks with Long Island Tinsmith Supply Corp. (LITSCO) hosted a soldering technique and certification class in 2013 and plans to offer additional sessions this year. He contends when companies make training a priority, they can gain a competitive advantage.

“By building skills and stressing safety, roofers demonstrate a commitment to quality – something customers really value,” says Lucks.

The NRCA’s CERTA (Certified Roofing Torch Applicator Program)is designed specifically to address insurance requirements and best practice techniques and processes for all personnel supervising or handling roofing torches. Topics covered are basic first aid, pre-job planning, application hazard recognition, torch application safety, and post-job activities. Classes are available for both roofers seeking certification for the first time or re-certification status. 

Les Montgomery, operations director at F.J. Dahill Company, Inc. in New Haven, Conn. points to the risks of the roofing trade and the need for training investments.

“I feel we have a moral obligation to workers (and their families) to continuously refresh their safety skills,” says Montgomery. “Well-trained employees are not only safe, but more productive. Fewer injuries, reduced absenteeism and lower insurance claims – all benefits for our business, workers and customers.”

Classes in soldering techniques and sheet metal fabrication are taught by Master Craftsmen from the Copper Development Association. All Copper Development Association classes are eligible for continuing education credit from the American Institute of Architects; attendees learn basic soldering methods along with more advanced techniques like vertical wall soldering, gutter fabrication, eave and rake edge details, valleys and curving.  

For more information about training classes near you, contact the Guilbert Express Customer Service team at 1-888-628-6343.