Roof Inspection FAQ’s

Registered Roof Observers must fulfill certain requirements. These requirements include completion of an application, agreement to abide by the RCI Code of Ethics, and earning a satisfactory score on a written examination.

A Registered Roof Consultant (RRC) provides a broad based knowledge of existing roof assemblies, new and traditional roofing products, systems, regulations, standards, and cost considerations. A RRC must be unbiased in roof design, repair planning, quality observance, legal testimony, and general roof management services.

A Registered Roof Consultant (RRC) is a roofing professional who has verified a level of experience and education in the roofing industry in a 100 point system with limits in each category, provides character references from other approved roofing professionals, acquires a minimum of 70 roof related and RCI approved continuing education hours (CEHs), and then passes the rigorous RRC exam. To keep the RRC designation the consultant must acquire a minimum of 12 roof related and RCI approved continuing education hours each year, sign a certification agreeing to abide by the RCI code of ethics, to renew their registration, and pay an annual fee. Anyone in the roofing industry can take the RRC exam and become an RRC, however to practice as a roof consultant as a RRC the RCI by-laws require that the consultant to be a “professional member”, not an industry member or a contractor. At issuance of the 2009-2010 RCI, Inc. Directory there were 359 RRC’s in the U.S. & Canada.

Historically circa 1988 the Roof Consultant Institute (RCI) gave their first Certified Roof Consultant (CRC) exam. By 1992 the exam was only available to those who were able to verify to the Credentials Committee, their roof related experience in 10 category application with limits on the number of points allowable in each category. In 1994 the CRC designation was changed to Registered Roof Consultant (RRC).

In addition to the professional registration of Registered Roof Consultant (RRC), a Registered Roof Observer (RRO) category was developed in the late 1990s for certification of site inspectors during roof construction phase to report to RRC’s, Architects or Engineers. More recently a Registered Waterproofing Consultant (RWC) category was developed to distinguish professionals with the proven standards of education in below grade waterproofing projects.