An applicant must meet specific requirements to become a Registered Roof Consultant. These requirements include verifiable levels of work experience and education, high ethical standards, and a satisfactory score on both the RRC and General Consultant Knowledge (GCK) Exams. Those that hold other RCI consultant registrations are exempt from having to take the GCK exam. There is no separate application for the GCK Exam, as approval of the RRC application will qualify candidates to take the general exam. See additional information about the GCK Exam below.
Applicants must have at least 4 years of roof consulting experience. Verification of one’s education and/or work experience is done using a point system. A minimum of 100 points is required and is based on one of the following: (1) work experience only; (2) experience and education; (3) experience, education and professional registration.
70 hours of continuing education through attendance and a minimum of 3 seminars within the roofing, waterproofing and/or exterior wall industries are needed for application approval.
5 references are also required.
RRC Application Process
A user account is all that is required to log in to the portal to complete an application. You may enter and save the information until the application has been completed. It can then be electronically submitted to RCI for review and approval. Once begun, the application must be completed and submitted to RCI within one year or the application in process will expire.
Once an application is submitted to RCI, allow 90 days for processing. The application will be processed within 60 days for an additional expediting fee ($50 member/$75 nonmember). The RRC exam is administered online at over 1,000 conveniently located testing centers worldwide. An exam registration form will be provided to the candidate when the application has been approved. Once the registration form and exam fees have been received, the candidate’s information will be conveyed to Castle Worldwide, the Internet-based testing company. The applicant will then be contacted by Castle to schedule the testing session.
Computer-based testing is offered on demand, to approved candidates, based on individual testing center hours and availability. Consult castleworldwide.com for testing center locations.
The RRC online exam has 60 multiple-choice questions that involve the following topics: codes and standards, materials and properties, assemblies, analysis and design, and evaluation and testing. Some problems may involve mathematical computations that require familiarity with basic algebra, geometry and trigonometry. The exam is 4 hours in duration.
Note: RCI Educational Programs, in particular the Roofing Technology and Science programs (Part I and Part II), Professional Building Consulting, wind and drainage e-learning programs, Roof System Thermal and Moisture Design, and RRC Review and Update programs may prove useful for anyone planning to pursue the RRC credential.
|Application Fee||Examination Fee|
|$350 – RCI member||$250 – RCI member|
|$425 – Nonmember||$325 – Nonmember|
RRC Annual Renewal
A renewal fee is required annually, as well as 12 roofing, waterproofing, and/or exterior wall related continuing educational hours (CEHs). All registrants are encouraged to self-report CEHs via the RCI website.
|Annual Renewal Fee*|
|$175 – RCI member|
|$250 – Nonmember|
*There is a 10% discount from the base renewal rate for each additional designation.
General Consultant Knowledge Exam
This exam tests knowledge common to all components of the building envelope (roofing, waterproofing and exterior walls). This was designed to produce a more efficient testing process, eliminating common information being tested for each consultant designation. Currently, to earn the RRC designation, a candidate must pass the general exam as well as the RRC Exam. This pertains to the Registered Waterproofing Consultant designation, and in 2017, the Registered Exterior Wall Consultant designations as well.
If only one of the two exams is passed, the candidate will be required to retake only the exam he or she failed. The exam that has been passed will be valid until the candidate passes the other exam and the first consultant designation is earned. Candidates who do not initially pass an exam will have the option to retry every four months with a valid application.
Once passed, the general exam will not need to be retaken for the other RCI consultant designations.
The exam is computer-based and offered at over 1,000 conveniently located testing locations. Visit Castle Worldwide to locate a testing center near you. The exam is 4 hours in length and consists of 90 multiple-choice questions which test knowledge in the following general consulting areas: ethics, general skills, communications and reports, codes and standards, design process, procurement process, agreements, and construction administration.
All questions pertain to general consulting practices and are applicable to all consultants despite of the discipline (roofing, waterproofing, exterior walls).
Note: RCI’s Professional Building Envelope Consulting course is recommended for anyone planning to take the GCK exam.
General Consultant Knowledge Exam Fees
|$250 – RCI member|
|$325 – Nonmember|