Thursday December 10, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM EST
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Emerald Isle Town Board Meeting Room 
7500 Emerald Drive
Emerald Isle, NC 28594

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NADRA Headquarters 
North American Deck And Railing Association 

About NADRA & Benefits of Earning your Certification: 

Is it worth putting in all of the work? Consider these benefits of earning certification, and if you see the benefits, go for it!

  1. A differentiator against the competition.
  2. Plugs you into new communities - you will have something in common with the other professionals in the class & it can provide networking opportunities through classes & meetings. 
  3. Gives you confidence when talking to homeowners and municipalities.
  4. Gives you tools to draw upon when needed. Having gone through the certification, you have mastered a new body of knowledge. Put it to use as soon as you can!
  5. Being able to think outside of your experience is an ingredient of leadership! Learning is a value unto itself, and those around you will respect and admire you for it. 
  6. Will enable to earn more income! Often, earning a certification can quickly lead to compensation increases.

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 paractices. You will be positioned to greatly help reduce deck, stair and railing failures - and in doing so, help prevent injuries and save lives. We hope you will join the NADRA roster and earn your certification today. 



Deck Evaluation Class

Please Join Us:

The Town of Emerald Isle is hosting a special training class by the North American Deck and Railing Association to educate and to promote deck safety awareness. This class will be made available to Industry Professionals. As the room size is limited; only the first 100 people who register will be able to attend! The class will be held at the Emerald Isle Town Board Meeting Room, 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594 on Thursday morning, December 10th from 8:00am to 12:30pm.

We would like to thank the following municipalities and companies for their support. It is this type of proactive action that will help make a difference in our communities!

  • Town of Emerald Isle
  • Carteret County
  • Cox Industries
  • Simpson StrongTie

About The Class: 

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

Agenda: Subject to change

  • 8:00 - 8:10 - Welcome and opening remarks from Jim Osika
  • 8:10 - 8:15 - Cox Industries
  • 8:15 - 8:20 - Simpson Strong-Tie
  • 8:20 - 8:30 - Michael Beaudry- NADRA's mission and comments about the coastal deck problems
  • 8:30 - 11:30 Jim Mailey - Seminar
  • 11:30 - 11:45 - Q & A
  • 11:45 - 12:30 - Testing for those earning their certification 


  • Attend class with no certification - FREE
  • Certification for current NADRA Members - $99.00
  • Certification for current ASHI Members (Earn 4.0 ASHI credits) - $149.00
  • Certification + NADRA Membership - $449.00
  • Certification for Non-Members - $499.00
  • Select the "Register Now" button at the bottom of this page to register.

What to Bring: 

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