St. Louis ASHI – 2019 Spring Seminar – NADRA Deck Inspection Class

The St. Louis Chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors – ASHI ® Spring Seminar is on March 8, 2019.  The full-day seminar qualifies for 8 ASHI CE Credits.

Location: St. Louis Realtor Assoc. Conference Center

12777 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri, 63141

Agenda: Subject to change

  • 7:15 AM – 7:45 AM          Registration/Sign up
  • 7:45 AM – 8:00 AM        Opening remarks by Chapter President
  • 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM       NADRA Deck Inspection Class
                                                    Presenter:    Jim Mailey
                                                                             NADRA National Instructor and Training Manager – Simpson Strong-Tie
  • 12:10 PM – 1:00 PM        Lunch
  • Key Note Speaker            – See the full agenda HERE

The first session is a special training class by the North American Deck and Railing Association. NADRA, working together with ASHI hope to educate, promote, and enhance deck inspections and deck safety through education and improved inspection process. Learn what has changed in deck construction, understand the cause of deck failures, and the implications systems like dry below. After attending the deck session you’ll never look at a deck the same way.

The NADRA Course Includes …

The Existing Structure. The features on the exterior of a house, such as windows, overhead cables, and dryer vents require certain considerations when in proximity to a deck or other walking surface.  Numerous building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and fuel-gas systems must be considered when judging how effectively a deck works with a home.

The course is intended to assist ASHI home inspector the opportunity to assess the deck construction and safety issues.  Better understand how to analyze the following deck components and issues and more.

  • Stairs
  • Footings and Posts
  • Joists, Joist Connections, and Girders
  • Ledger Connections
  • Deck Boards
  • Handrail Assemblies and Guards
  • Recognize proper and improper fasteners
  • Assess hardware and material corrosion

The NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist has been developed specifically for industry professionals as a comprehensive tool to be used to properly assess the safety issues of a deck.

NADRA Deck Inspector Certification available at extra cost for those that are interested.

2018 Education Opportunities with NADRA

As we enter 2018, we want to be sure you know about your opportunities for growing your business. NADRA and ASHI have partnered to bring you the best and only of its kind, deck evaluation certification! NADRA, the North American Deck and Railing Association is a 501 c(6) non-profit that works to educate and grow the outdoor living industry. NADRA is dedicated to deck safety and bringing awareness to the importance of deck inspections.

Not only is this an ASHI approved class that earns you 4CEU’s, this class will expand your portfolio and allow you to tap into an industry that needs your services. There is an estimated 50 million decks in the U.S., 50% which are 15-20+ years old. The need for professional deck inspections is at an all time high and its not slowing down. NADRA has already certified ASHI inspectors in NOVA ASHI, St. Louis ASHI, Metro NY ASHI, and INASHI.

In this four hour class, you will be taken through NADRA’s 5 page deck evaluation form. Expert and educator, Jim Mailey will cover:

– Stairs
– Footings and Posts
– Joists
– Joist Connections
– Girders
– Ledger Connections
– Deck Boards
– Handrail Assemblies and Guards
– Recognize proper and improper fasteners
– Assess hardware or material corrosion & Review of the safety standards of all (decks, stairs, guards) structures

Special Pricing for ASHI Members:

Did you know, ASHI members can join NADRA for only $100.00 annually instead of the regular rate of $350.00? Additionally, NADRA has the following membership / Deck Evaluation Class combos. (Minimum attendees required)
Option 1 – Certification with a one year ASHI Branch membership with NADRA: $199.00
Option 2 – Certification with three year ASHI Branch membership with NADRA: $299.00 (includes one free year of membership)

Learn more about the class, special pricing for ASHI inspectors, and requirements by clicking here. Contact us today with questions or to schedule your class.

NADRA’s ASHI branch membership includes:

– Listing under “Find an Inspector” on the NADRA site
– Participation in NADRA’s Deck Safety Month® Campaign – free marketing toolkit to promote deck safety and inspections.
– Code representation – ask your code questions and get answers from the experts!
– Monthly enewsletter with all upcoming education and networking events

– Learn more about membership benefits by clicking here.

To schedule a class or get more information please email your specific needs or call us at 215.679.4884.

Deck Evaluation Class & Networking Event, March 8th

Join us in Atlanta for NADRA’s Deck Evaluation Class!

Earn your Certification through NADRA on March 8th. 

Properly constructed outdoor living structures, built using quality materials designed for use outdoors and maintained on a consistent yearly basis, can lead to many years of enjoyment. Being professionals in the industry require continued education on these materials and construction practices. You will be positioned to greatly help reduce deck, stair and railing failures – and in doing so, help prevent injuries and save lives.
ASHI Members will earn 4.0 ASHI credits 
This program will allow industry professionals to properly evaluate decks, stairs and railings using the NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist. The NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist has been developed specifically for industry professionals as a comprehensive tool to be used to properly assess the safety issues of a deck. After the program the professional will understand how to analyze the following deck components and issues and more:
  •  Stairs
  •  Footings and Posts
  •  Joists
  •  Joist Connections
  •  Girders
  •  Ledger Connections
  •  Deck Boards
  •  Handrail Assemblies and Guards
  •  Recognize proper and improper fasteners
  •  Assess hardware or material corrosion
  •  Review of the safety standards of all (decks, stairs, guards) structures
  • Main Sponsor – $2,500:
    • Top tier logo placement and appropriate signage
    • Website presence on event page and emails
    • Signage and Handouts in NADRA booth at the show
    • Podium recognition
    • 2 minute Speaking opportunity at event
  • Supporting Sponsor – $750:
    • Logo placement and appropriate signage
    • Website presence on event page and emails
    • Signage in NADRA booth at the show
    • Podium recognition
COST: For Deck Evaluation class and certification testing:
  • Attend class with no certification testing – FREE – Register HERE
  • Current NADRA Member – $99.00 for Certification Testing
  • Current ASHI Members – $199.00 for Certification Testing (includes one year of NADRA Membership Plus earn 4.0 ASHI Credits)
  • NADRA Membership for Builder/Contractor – $449.00 (includes NADRA membership and certification testing)
  • Non-Members – $499.00 for Certification Testing
  • Register HERE
What to Bring: 
Agenda: Please arrive promptly
  • Noon -12:15: Michael Beaudry – NADRA’s mission
  • 12:15 – 4:15: Jim Mailey – Seminar (short break included)
  • 4:15: Testing for those earning their certification
  • 4:30 – 5:00: Expo Visit
  • 5:00: Southeast Region of NADRA Meeting
Attend the Show! Use Promo Code “NADRA2016” & get FREE entry on the showroom floor. Register  HERE for the show. Register HERE for education, networking event and sponsorship opportunities.

Education Segment: Color, Design and Market Trends

Color, Design and Market Trends in Residential Outdoor Products

As a deck and patio builder are you prepared to assist your customers with their style decisions so you can put more money in your pocket? This seminar will give you well documented ideas that will help close more business, sell more trade ups and provide insights into possible new revenue streams.

Consumer’s outdoor style visions are more sophisticated as they shop the maze of materials and furnishings and try to put it in perspective with their current interior lifestyle. By leading with colors, patterns, textures and styles and showing the connections between the built space and furnishings you can help them achieve the most fabulous place they can go to everyday.

This visually dynamic session explores the design links between building products and furnishings and offers solutions that will help you enable the consumer to visualize their new outdoor lifestyle.

When: Thursday October 23, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT

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Where: Baltimore Convention Center Room #320 1 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21201


Register: Click HERE

NADRA Education at DeckExpo

NADRA Education at DeckExpo

NADRA is offering their Master Deck Professional Courses for you to earn and maintain your designations while at the show.

Wednesday, October 22nd:
  • 8:00am – 12:00pm – Ledgers & Lateral Loads 
    • Author: Glenn Mathewson: This course discusses the basics of structural design criteria for decks, such as loading, design methods and lumber properties, providing the foundational knowledge necessary for comprehension of the remainder of the course and the content in the Structural Design II course. The course continues with an in-depth review of ledger attachments, including how to handle various exterior cladding, flashing methods, and structural considerations. Lateral load resistance is also dissected in detail to provide a better understanding of what is required and how to provide it. MORE
  • 8:00am –  10:00am – Porch Building Basics 101
    • Author: Bobby Parks: This course provides an introduction into porch building. It includes numerous basic, but key methods for designing and building open air and screened porch additions. Attendees will be introduced to designing for functional size and stability, as well as a few code considerations and architectural details to look out for.MORE
  • 10:15am – 12:15pm – Porch  Building Advanced 201
    • Author: Bobby Parks: This course covers advanced design, trim, and features for covered porches and structures. How to take porch building to a higher level. Design and build custom porches into outdoor rooms by providing high performing upgrades and trim features that separate them from other contractors. Door, screen types, and flooring upgrades and how they work together are discussed. MORE
  • 1:00pm – 5:00pm – A Trip Down the Load Path
    • Author: Glenn Mathewson: This course compliments the Structural Design I class by completing the discussion of designing a deck structure. It provides code requirements and guidance for designing the load path, from the decking where we stand to the earth below that supports it all. Decking, joists, beams, posts, foundations and even properties of the earth will be discussed so that a complete understanding of the entire structural system can be achieved. It is recommended for attendees to complete the Structural Design I class as a prerequisite. MORE
  • 1:00pm –  3:00pm  – Design and Sales
    • Author: Matt Breyer: How good are you at showing your clients EXACTLY what their finished project will look like? Do you have the tools to make this happen? Gone are the days of scribbling a simple idea on a legal pad and shaking hands over the deal. Homeowners today want to touch, feel, and visualize whatever it is you’re offering-before they commit to paying! Learn how to get “in their head”-understanding their needs, addressing their fears, and showing them a “Backyard Dream” better than they ever imagined, using the latest tools and technology to inspire clients and improve sales and referrals. MORE
  • 3:00pm –  4:00pm – FREE – NADRA CPAC Meeting
    • Please join us for our annual CPAC committee meeting. NADRA CPAC (Consumer Product Knowledge Charter) is the newest addition to NADRA’s list of programs designed to improve the deck and rail industry as a whole. Join us at Deck Expo for a workshop about CPAC to learn, understand and assist in this new program.MORE
Thursday, October 23rd
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm – FREE – METAPHOR
    •  Manufacturer’s and Designers! This one is for you! Please join us in the NADRA office at the Baltimore Convention Center for an educational segment from METAPHOR. Manufacturers and Designers… pay attention. Ever wonder why a particular deck color was created?  Learn from the folks that can see into the future for upcoming designs, trends and style. Register for this FREE seminar right HERE
Friday, October 24th: 
  • 10:00am –  FREE – AGS Stainless
    • Making The Stainless Steel Up-sell
      Please join us in the NADRA office for an educational segment from AGS Stainless. Stainless Steel is a creative and expensive up-sell that pays off! During this seminar, find out options, pit-falls, & why it makes selling comfortable and seamless. Make money without losing your shirt! Register for this FREE seminar right HERE
  • 11:30am –  FREE – Deck Maintenance: RenewCrew
    • Your Missing Link – Deck Maintenance Program
      Text: Join us in the NADRA office for an educational segment from Renew Crew. How can you make more money with a Deck Maintenance Program? Learn what you are missing during this FREE seminar with NADRA. Register for this seminar right HERE

NADRA – Official Sponsor of Building Code College

BCC is your online provider of NADRA’s Master Deck Professional Code Education Classes

Industry professionals need affordable training available when they are available. Building Code College responds with free, online, self-paced, building code education from industry experts. 

The “Building Codes for Building Decks” series goes deep into the administration and technical aspects of building codes and deck construction. All four courses are based on the International Residential Code provisions that affect deck design and construction. This series is beneficial to all professionals involved with the decking industry, from tradesman, to inspector, to product manufacturer. With the support of the North American Deck and Railing Association, registration for these courses is free to all. NADRA members can now take the Master Deck Professional, Codes and Standards Certification Exams ONLINE! 

How do you get certified?
  1. Maintain an active NADRA Membership
  2. Complete all four Building Codes for Building Decks FREE Courses Online
  3. Pass all four NADRA Master Deck Professional, Codes & Standards Certification Exams (fees apply)
  4. Click HERE to get started