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Why Haag Certification?

The Mark of a True Professional


“Haag Certified.” In the roofing and insurance industries, that phrase carries a lot of weight. It means you’re a true authority in your business. It means you can quickly and accurately inspect for damage and correctly evaluate that damage. And it means that when you report your findings, your conclusions have true credibility.


An Important Career Advantage

For roofing inspectors, commercial or residential, Haag Certification is the credential to have. With the scientifically based damage assessment techniques gained in your certification course, you’ll enjoy significant career benefits. Haag certification will increase your value as a roof inspector to your employer. Certification could very well be the "reason you get called" over another, non-certified inspector. Your certification can also be a crucial “tie breaker,” the extra authority that gets your findings accepted if you find yourself at odds with another inspector who has reached a different conclusion. As a Haag Certified inspector you simply have skills and knowledge other inspectors don’t. It’s great for your professional reputation.

Is Our Program for You? Here’s Some of What You’ll Learn

Haag offers intensive three-day courses covering Residential Roofs, Commercial Roofs, and Wind Damage. Designed for the intermediate-level professional, the courses combine damage assessment training with comprehensive testing to ensure proficiency. Take a look at our Program Agendas and our helpful chart detailing topics covered in each Haag Certified Inspector class.


Commercial Roof Inspector Certification

In the Haag Certified Inspector - Commercial Roof program, you’ll learn to assess damage to all major types of commercial (low-slope and flat) roofing systems. You’ll become well versed in inspection safety, roof area calculations, codes and industry standards, and weather characteristics. For each roofing type discussed, instructors profile manufacture, installation, weathering, hail damage, wind damage, maintenance, mechanical damage, and repair costs. The course covers built-up roofing, polymer-modified bitumen roofing, thermoplastic single-ply roofs (PVC and TPO), thermoset plastic single-ply roofs (EPDM, CSPE, PIB), SPF roofing, metal roofing, vegetated (green) roofing, low-slope roofing components, and roof coatings. Case studies illustrate real-world inspection scenarios.


Residential Roof Inspector Certification

The Haag Certified Inspector - Residential Roof program is designed to make you highly proficient with all major types of residential (steep-slope) roofs. You’ll learn how hail and wind interact with roofing, inspection safety techniques, roof area calculations, and applicable codes. You’ll also gain comprehensive understanding of manufacture, installation, weathering, hail damage, wind damage, maintenance, mechanical damage, and repair costs for each major roofing type — composition, wood shingle/shake, concrete and clay tile, asbestos, fiber cement, and various synthetic, slate, and metal roofing types. Real-world case studies make the information vivid and memorable.

Wind Damage Inspector Certification

Holding Haag's Wind Damage Certification will show that you have an advanced understanding of wind types and related wind effects, for the purpose of accurately inspecting and assessing an entire building following a wind event.  Participants gain an in-depth understanding of all types of wind events (straight-line, tornadic, down-burst, hurricane) and their effects on major types of steep-slope and low-slope roofing systems.  They also learn advanced techniques to evaluate and document damage to an entire building envelope (not just the roof) following a wind event.  Futher, students develop the skills to differentiate wind damage from conditions caused by other factors, both natural and mechanical.