Foremen FAQs


NRCA ProCertification offers you:

  • National, professional recognition
  • Independently validated expertise and skills
  • Certifications that stay with you throughout your career
  • Increased employer confidence and value
  • Pride knowing you’re a leading professional in your field

Only experienced foremen are eligible for NRCA ProCertification; however, NRCA provides information to help workers decide whether they are ready to pursue NRCA ProCertification. Although seasoned workers might think they are ready to take their exams without preparation, NRCA recommends all candidates review NRCA's ProCertification readiness checklists, tutorials and practice exams in the NRCA Preparation Resources section.

No. As long as you meet the experience and skills requirements, no specific training is required.

Foremen looking to become NRCA ProCertified must pass a proctored, online exam taken at a local Prometric computer testing facility. Prometric testing sites are searchable by ZIP code. To find the center nearest you, visit

Testing Information

Proctored computer-based exams may be taken at a local Prometric computer testing facility. Prometric offers thousands of testing sites across the world searchable by ZIP code. To find the center nearest you, visit

Yes. All information, materials and tests are available in English and Spanish. Additionally, all questions in the computer-based knowledge exams have an "audio-delivery" option where a candidate may click the text to have it read aloud in the language selected via a headset at the Prometric location.

Yes, after receiving your testing authorization from NRCA, your proctored computer-based exam can be scheduled through ProProctor, Prometric’s remote testing platform. For additional information review, refer to the ProProctor Remote Testing Requirements.

The computer-based knowledge exam is time-limited; you are allowed up to two hours to complete it.

You should arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled exam time to complete the secure check-in process. You are allowed up to 15 minutes to view the tutorial before starting the timed exam.

Yes; you may retake the computer-based knowledge exam if needed after a five-day grace period.

NRCA advises candidates who fail an exam to review the Job Task Analysis which includes a list of tasks to better prepare for the exam retake.

All scores are calculated using standard psychometric practices and results are reported as a pass/fail score.

To gain admission to NRCA ProCertification testing centers, you must present a valid (unexpired) government issued photo ID such as a driver’s license, passport or work authorization card. Failure to supply proper ID at the time of the exam is considered a missed appointment and an additional exam fee may apply.

NRCA only will provide general feedback, not question-specific results.


The certification fee covers NRCA staff review of an application and one attempt at the computer-based knowledge exam per person per discipline. Once certified, your foreman certification is valid for three years. You also receive your NRCA ProCertification ID card, hardhat decals and digital badge as evidence of your certification.

If you cancel your computer-based knowledge exam or miss your appointment, you will be charged a rescheduling fee based on the following:

  • Five days or less before your appointment: $100
  • Six-29 days before your appointment: $35
  • Thirty days or more before your appointment: No rescheduling fee will be charged.
  • Also, if you fail to provide a valid photo ID upon arrival to your appointment, you will have to reschedule and be charged a $100 rescheduling fee.

If you are not successful passing the proctored computer-based exam, you will be charged a retake fee of $199 for members and $399 for nonmembers.

Certification Maintenance

Yes, every three years NRCA ProCertified Roofing Foremen can maintain their certifications by completing and documenting a designated number of hours of system-specific work experience along with technical and safety training.

NRCA ProCertified individuals who hold a certification in more than one roof system will need to complete maintenance for each certification held. Technical and safety training hours may be used toward the maintenance for multiple certifications if the training was completed within three years of earning each certification. A separate maintenance fee is required for each certification.

For more information, visit the NRCA Certification Maintenance section.


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