Thursday March 9, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM CST
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St. Louis Association of Realtors
12777 Olive Blvd
Creve Coeur, MO 63141

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ASHI - St. Louis, Mark Goodman
St. Louis Chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors


NADRA Deck Inspection Certification Class

The St. Louis Chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors - ASHI is hosting a special training class by the North American Deck and Railing Association. The ASHI-Approved NADRA Deck Inspection Certification Course is eligible for 4 ASHI CE's. The North American Deck and Railing Association working together with ASHI hopes to educate, promote, and enhance deck inspections and deck safety through education and improved inspection process.

The 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

This program will allow the industry professional the opportunity to employ the ability to safely evaluate a deck 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.

Agenda:  Subject to change

  • 7:45  - Welcome and opening remarks from St. Louis AHSI & NADRA
  • 8:00 - 10:00 Course begins (Instructor - Jim Mailey)
  • 10:00 - 10:15 Break
  • 10:15 - 12:00 Course continuation
  • 12:00 - 12:30 - Testing for those earning their certification

About the Instructor: 

Jim Mailey, Training Manager, Simpson Strong-Tie 
Jim Mailey is the Midwest, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic market training manager for Simpson Strong-Tie
  • Jim is considered an expert in safe, outdoor wood deck construction and is an advisor on structural issues for the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA). 
  • Since joining Simpson Strong-Tie in 1992, Jim has given hundreds of presentations to more than 25,000 design professionals, building officials, home inspectors, builders, contractors and dealers. 
  • His additional programs, entitled “Deck and Porch Framing Connections” and “Continuous Load Path-Wood Framed Structures” review the correct and incorrect structural methods for building a deck or home, show why some commonly accepted practices should not be used and provides informative tips that the novice to the most experienced student will find useful. 
  • He has been doing education to home inspectors since 1998 and was the 1st person to provide a complete program on what to look for on a deck to home inspectors at InspectionWorld in New Orleans in 2008. Additionally, he was the 1st person to provide deck education to contractors for NADRA.
  • He has written articles about deck safety for the ASHI Reporter and NAHI Forum home inspector publications and has written for ThisIsCarpentry about deck construction. He has been quoted in numerous contractor magazines and internet articles about deck safety.
  • Jim earned a B.A. in Biology from Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania  



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