A trained workforce is a skilled workforce. The Independent Roofing Contractors of California’s state and federally approved apprenticeship program provides a continual flow of journey-persons, and all levels of apprentice roofing mechanics to it’s professional contracting membership.
Contractors who train their apprentices through the IRCC’s combination of classroom instruction, hands-on labs, workshops, bi-lingual workbook reading assignments and on-the-job training create immediate value for their customers and significantly improve “bottom-line” profitability and competitiveness for their companies. Quality oriented contractors who focus on performance and training see fewer on the job injuries, fewer application failures and warranty claims, and lower turnover in their workforce; and happier workers.
In addition, contractors who train their workers through the IRCC’s state and federally certified training programs can competitively pay their inexperienced apprentices on state public works and federal Davis-Bacon projects at the appropriate state published apprentice level rather than the state or federal rate for journey-level personnel while they are learning the trade. Their wage climbs as they move up the 7-steps required for advancement to journeymen and journeywomen. The IRCC approved training standards (both federal and state) require that each registered apprentice must work under the supervision of a qualified journeyperson at all times. In California, contractors who perform public works projects are required to utilize apprentices on a stale-mandated ratio of not less than one apprentice hour of every five journey-persons hours. Contractors who are signatory to the IRCC’s Apprenticeship standards are allowed to maintain a one-to-one ratio of Journeyman to Apprentice.
Three and a-Half Year Training Regimen Courses:
- The IRCC’s three-and-a-half year, bi-lingual training regimen consists often IRCC developed workbook modules, and an extensive library of NRCA training materials covering (but not limited to):
- Introduction to the Roofing Trade
- Roof Preparation and Job Setup Roofing Safety and Fall Protection
- Personal Safety Equipment and Protective Clothing
- Hazardous Material Safety Guidelines
- Common Waterproofing and Roofing Materials
- Green Roofing Technology; Cool Roofs (CA Tille 24) and Solar Equipment Installation, and Vegetative Roof Systems
- Single-Ply Roofing Systems
- Steep Systems: Metal, Tile, Clay and Cement products Roof Maintenance, Leak Detection and Repair
- Roofing Tear-off and Project setup and preparation Metal Roofing
- Plans and Specifications and Roof Take-Offs Foreman Development and Leadership Training
Workers trained in the IRCC Roofer Apprenticeship Program Receive ongoing feedback from the IRCC training administration as it relates to their individual progress through the 144 hour per year class room and supplemental training required. Apprentices receive hours credit for study time, participation in labs and workshops. The on-the-job hours requirement for the three and a-half year program is 4,000 hours every six months, grades, work hour requirements and employer performance evaluation results are provided to participants on a comprehensive “report card” Participating contractors, likewise, receive six-month summary reports on the progress on their respective apprentices, which dictates the level and pay advance schedule for each worker as he or she moves up the seven step progression leading to a certificate of completion and a “Journeyman” card.
The IRCC Apprenticeship Program currently operates under the approval of both the State of California, Division of Apprenticeship Standards DAS and the US Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship Training.
Becoming a Registered Approved Training Contractor
If you are interested in becoming an IRCC training contractor you will first need to become a member of the IRCC. This will require:
- A California C-39 Roofer License
- Evidence of Workers Compensation (A certificate from your broker must be filed)
- A General Liability Certificate
- A $500 Annual Membership Fee (Only for the association fee.)
- Filling out a ‘subscription agreement’ & DAS 7 Form (Participation Agreement)
- An initial deposit to the IRCC Training Trust (based on projected # of apprentices to be employed over the first six months of the program
- Receiving an Initial Orientation from the IRCC Administrator/Director on the requirements of participation in the program, and the related duties and lawful obligations required by the DOL and State of California.
Contractors wishing to initiate this process should submit a letter of interest on their company stationery – (providing their your current C39 license #) by fax: (866-830-2245) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or you may reach the training director directly by calling: 925-913-0117.