Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 8:00 AM EDT
Friday, May 5, 2017 at 5:00 PM EDT

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Cobb Galleria Centre 
Two Galleria Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30339

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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.

Join us for a fun event in Atlanta: 

There are a few elements to this event: 
  1. The East Coast Builders Conference is a new trade show held in Atlanta, GA. Our NADRA event is in conjunction with this new show. You can walk the showroom with your fellow NADRA members with a free exhibit hall pass using code "NADRA2017" - Check out the show and registration at ECBCShow.com
  2. NADRA will be holding their official Deck Evaluation Certification Class on May 4th from 8am - 12pm with testing taking place at 12:15pm. (details below)
  3. The Networking Event will take place on May 4th from 4pm - 6pm - food provided, cash bar available!
  4. There is a Brave's game directly following the networking event. Many NADRA members and friends are heading to the game together. *Tickets can be purchased at the same time you register for the ECBC show
  5. Below this note you will find a section highlighted about Sponsorship Opportunities. We are still seeking to secure a few sponsors to help cover the costs of this event. Please consider supporting NADRA.
May 4th, 2017:
  • 8:00am - 12:00am: Deck Evaluation Certification Class, Instructor: Jim Mailey –(short break included) (Click "Register Now" to sign up for the class)
  • 12:15pm: Testing 
  • 12:45pm - 3:45pm: Visit Exhibit Hall
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm: Networking Event. Appetizers provided. Cash bar open. *Registration required. (Click "Register Now" to sign up)
  • Atlanta Braves Game directly following NADRA's Networking Event 

Join us on Thursday, May 4th, 2017 at 4:00pm for NADRA's Networking Event. Come socialize with your fellow outdoor living professionals. All are welcome; from deck builders to inspectors, pool and spa professionals, fence, patio and paver installers, engineers and architects, manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and dealers, as well as, industry service providers. Let's get together & plan for the growth and future of Southeast Region of NADRA. 

May 5th, 2017:

  • 8:30am - 9:30am: Outdoor Living Upgrades, Seminar Presented by the Southeast Regional Division of the North American Deck and Railing Association.
  • 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Expo Hall Open


 *** These registration pages are for NADRA events happening at the show. If you would like to register for the ECBC show as an attendee, to walk the showroom floor, you can register for the show HERE.  Get free exhibit hall entry with code "NADRA2017". Be sure to check off "NADRA" as your association. 

Sponsorship Opportunities:  Click "Register Now" to complete your sponsorship
Gold Sponsor - $750: (only 2 available)
  • Logo on event webpage and emails
  • Signage and Handouts in NADRA booth at the show
  • Table display at meeting
  • Podium recognition
  • 10 Minutes of floor time at event
  • Handouts, samples at event
  • You're welcome to bring a door prize for attendees
Silver Sponsor - $500:
  • Logo on event webpage and emails
  • Signage in NADRA booth at the show
  • Table display at meeting
  • Podium recognition
  • Handouts, samples at event
  • You're welcome to bring a door prize for attendees
About The Class: 

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. 

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
Certification Details:  

You may obtain your certification and / or (if you're an ASHI member) your 4.0 ASHI credits by taking this certifcation class. In order to do this, you must register. If you are not a current NADRA member, but would like to join, please register here for the class (at the member rate) and call the office to become a member. Our direct line is: 215-679-4884. Thank you!


  • Attend class + Certification - for CURRENT NADRA Members - $99  - Attend the class + earn your certification. This option is for current NADRA members.
  • Attend Class + Certification - for ASHI Members - $199If you are a current ASHI member, fee includes: class, certification and one year membership with NADRA.
  • Attend class + Certification - No NADRA Membership - $499.00 Attend the class + earn your certification - this option does not include NADRA membership. 

What to Bring: 

Please print the Deck Evaluation Checklist ahead of time and bring with you to class. 
Select the "Register Now" button at the bottom of this page to begin the easy online registration process.

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