Tuesday, March 27th from 8:00am to 1:00pm EDT


Caitlyn and Cody's 
1907 John Fries Highway EXIT 44 off the Turnpike
Quakertown, PA 18951

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NADRA Headquarters 
North American Deck And Railing Association 


Thank you, sponsors: 






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. Earn your certification in time for spring and Deck Safety Month!
  2. Plug 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. Give yourself confidence when talking to homeowners and municipalities.
  4. Give yourself 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. Thinking 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. Earn more income! Often, earning a certification can quickly lead to compensation increases. Tap into this industry niche and much needed service!

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. 



NADRA Deck Evaluation Class

Please Join Us:

NADRA will host this one of a kind educational opportunity, The Deck Evaluation Class. Join us on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at Caitlyn and Cody's. This class will cover, in depth; the process of inspecting decks. From stairs, footings and joists, to proper and improper fasteners. Learn what to look for. Passing the exam will earn you your Deck Evaluation Certification title.

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About The Class: 

Just in time for Spring to offer deck inspections. Certification includes special designation on NADRA listing & DEC logo. This program will allow industry professionals the opportunity 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

  • 8:00am - Start of Class
  • 12:00 - Q & A
  • 12:30 - 1:00pm - Testing for certification 

*Estimated times only, schedule subject to change


Registration Options:
  • Current NADRA member - Certification only - $99
  • 1 year NADRA Builder Membership + Certification - $449.00
  • 1 year NADRA Branch Membership (for current ASHI Members) + CEU's & Certification - $199.00
  • 3 year NADRA Branch Membership (for current ASHI Members) + CEU's & Certification $299.00
  • ASHI (4) CEU Credit Option with NO Certification (Must be a current ASHI Member) $149.00
  • Attend Class with no CEU's or Certification - FREE

Select the "Register Now" button at the bottom of this page to register.

Become a Sponsor: $250.00

  • Includes mention in event marketing material
  • Table in room for display and handouts
  • Thank you mention at the beginning and end of class

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