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 info@NADRA.org your specific needs or call us at 215.679.4884.

NADRA Education at RIDIJ 2016, Baltimore

What: ND01 – Deck Evaluation/ Inspection Certification Class for Industry Professionals

When: Wednesday, October 5th from 8am – 12pm. Presenter: Jim Mailey.

Cost: NADRA Member Price: $99  / Non-Member Price: $199

This four-hour session will teach the home inspector how to safely inspect a deck using the NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist. This checklist has been developed specifically for home inspectors as a comprehensive tool to be used to properly assess the safety of a deck. At the conclusion of this session, the home inspector will understand how to analyze the following deck components and issues: 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, and review the safety standards of all (decks, stairs, guards) structures.

What: ND02 – A Trip Down the Load Path: Updated to 2015 IRC Provisions

When: Wednesday, October 5th from 1pm – 5pm. Presenter: Glenn Mathewson.

Cost: NADRA Member Price: $99  / Non-Member Price: $199

Now updated with all the new 2015 IRC provisions, this course completes the load path started in course 2, Ledgers and Lateral Loads. Decking, joists, beams, posts, foundations and even properties of the earth are covered, so that the entire structural system and related codes can be understood. This course also covers the topics in the NADRA Master Deck Professional-Codes 2015 certification renewal!

Upon completion of this course, attendees will…

Understand the basics of proper deck foundation design and construction.
Comprehend the concept of a load path and how forces are transferred through a structure.
Learn of various standards and sources for validating a deck’s structural system, but without an engineer.

Registration: You can register right here on NADRA’s online event registration portal.

Register Now

2015 Fall Seminar: NADRA Deck Evaluation Certification Course

2015 Fall Seminar: NADRA Deck Evaluation Certification Course

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Best Western Fairfax Hotel

3535 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030


7:00 – 7:30 AM Registration
7:30 – 9:00 AM Jim Mailey – NADRA Deck Evaluation Certification Course
9:00 – 9:15 AM Break
9:15 – 12:00 PM Jim Mailey – NADRA Deck Evaluation Certification Course and Test
12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch provided by NOVA ASHI at Best Western Fairfax
1:00 – 2:30 PM David Rushton – Inspecting Old Houses
2:30 – 2:45 PM Break
2:45 – 5:00 PM David Rushton – Inspecting Old Houses



This seminar has been approved for 8 Hours of ASHI® Continuing Education Credits”. MD State CE Credits have been applied for.

Early registration $250 for NOVA ASHI members ($300 for non-members) before September 23, 2015. $275 ($325 for non-members) after that date. This course is open to everyone, however, NADRA Certification is only available to ASHI Members in good standing.

To register, you must download the form HERE

 *Any questions, please contact Fred Heppner, 703-503-9519 

Check Your Deck® During Deck Safety Month® in May

QUAKERTOWN, PA – Your deck is the perfect place to enjoy warm weather with friends and loved ones. However, a poorly maintained or unsafe deck could possibly collapse, causing serious injuries to you and your guests. During Deck Safety Month® in May, experts at the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) recommend homeowners Check Your Deck® before starting to plan family activities.
“Our number one priority and message to the public is to ensure that the decks they use are safe,” says Michael Beaudry, executive vice president of NADRA. “Outdoor structures like decks are exposed to sun, rain, snow and extreme temperature changes over the years. The need to maintain and inspect them is critical for keeping decks strong and safe.”

NADRA has created campaigns and educational programs, along with certifications for home inspectors, deck builders, remodelers, builders, code officials, engineers, architects, distributors, lumberyards and manufacturers to improve proper installation practices. The organization has also developed checklists and safety awareness information for consumers to assure they have details available to them to evaluate their decks. The information can be found HERE.

With an estimated 40 million residential and 10 million commercial decks in the United States that are more than 20-30 years old, it’s important for homeowners to check their deck on a yearly basis.

Consumer Checklist

A key element to enjoying your deck for years to come is making sure it is safe and code compliant. NADRA’s “10-Point Consumer Safety Checklist” is an efficient way to take a good look at the different parts of your deck, with an eye to what might need maintenance, repair or replacement. The checklist can be found at http://bit.ly/NADRA10PointConsumerChecklist.

Homeowners should consider a professional deck inspection. “A professional inspector will thoroughly examine your deck, provide information on your deck’s capacity limits, identify any dangerous problem areas and give you some insight of what to keep your eye on in the future,” says Beaudry. “NADRA provides industry professionals with a Deck Evaluation Form that is available HERE.

Older decks require closer scrutiny and regular inspections. Many decks were built before code requirements were established to protect consumers. Some of these older decks may have deck-to-house attachments using only nails instead of the current recommended construction using deck tension hardware that greatly helps in the prevention of ledger failures.

“We recommend ASHI-certified home inspectors or a knowledgeable deck builder for inspections of older decks,” says Beaudry. “Our NADRA member deck builders are required to adhere to a code of ethics and comply with state licensing and insurance requirements. This brings peace of mind to homeowners using our NADRA members.”

Deck inspection requires special knowledge, expertise and experience. NADRA offers training and certification for its members along with ASHI home inspectors and others interested in professional deck inspection. For additional information on NADRA certification classes, click HERE.

The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the necessity for regular inspection and maintenance of existing decks and proper installation of new decks. For more information visit www.NADRA.org 


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 Education Series Launching 3/24 In Rhode Island

February 15, 2011 | We have some exceptionally awesome news! NADRA is hitting the deck running with a brand new education series launching in March. Join us during JLC Live for a NADRA dinner reception followed by a day of deck-specific education. Are you a NADRA member? This course is one of a four-part series designed to help contractors prepare for their NADRA MDP Certification exams (NADRA Master Deck Professional Certification*). Flaunt your certification in your proposals, website, marketing and be recognized on www.NADRA.org. We will even give you a shout out in NADRA’s blog and in our weekly news brief!

    • NADRA Cocktail and Dinner reception will be held on March 23 at 6 p.m. EST
    • NADRA Deck-specific education will be held on March 24 starting at 8:30 a.m. EST, running all day. Lunch will be provided. See below for course descriptions.
    • All happening at The Biltmore in Providence, R.I. – more details to follow!

* This event is open to members and non-members alike. Certification is only offered to current NADRA members.

Online registration begins Feb. 22 for: NADRA Dinner and Full Day of NADRA Education — More details and pricing to follow.

To learn more about this event, please click here.