North American Deck and Railing Association


The following courses are developed and presented by Building Code College


Building Codes for Building Decks, a Four-Part Series.

These education classes are free


Earn your Master Deck Professional - CODE Certification with NADRA - fees apply for certification


Description: This is a 4-part series, which includes four core building code courses and provides a comprehensive explanation of how International Residential Code regulates deck construction, from initial design to project completion. These courses support the North American Deck and Railing Association’s Master Deck Professional Certification program and are intended to prepare the audience for the four exams, respective to each course, that are required for NADRA member’s to earn their MDP Certification.


So, who can take the courses?

NADRA Members & Professionals in the deck and railing industry should take this course. In order to earn your MDP Certification you must be a NADRA member. However, non-members may take the class without taking the tests or being certified.


What are the costs involved?

Each class is free for NADRA Members and for non-members. NADRA Members are eligible to take the test after the class. You need to pass all four tests in order to obtain your MDP (Master Deck Professional Certification-CODE) There is a fee for the test and certification of 99.00 per class.  Industry professionals wishing to receive credentialing from nadra.org are encouraged to join and register for MDPC Certification."

CLASS III

Down the Load Path - Click here: Available online


Description: Now updated with all the new 2015 IRC provisions, this course completes the load path started in course 2, Ledgers and Lateral Loads. Decking, joists, beams, posts, foundations and even properties of the earth are covered, so that the entire structural system and related codes can be understood. This course also covers the topics in the NADRA Master Deck Professional-Codes 2015 certification renewal!


Length: Approximately 4 hours.

Objectives:  Upon completion of this course, attendees will…

Understand the basics of proper deck foundation design and construction.

Comprehend the concept of a load path and how forces are transferred through a structure.

Learn of various standards and sources for validating a deck’s structural system, but without an engineer.


This course will prepare NADRA Members for their Master Deck Professional, Codes and Standards Certification Exam.

CLASS II

Structural Design I - Ledgers and Lateral Loads - Click here:  Available online


Description: This course discusses the basics of structural design criteria for decks, such as loading, design methods and lumber properties, providing the foundational knowledge necessary for comprehension of the remainder of the course and the content in the Structural Design II course. The course continues with an in-depth review of ledger attachments, including how to handle various exterior cladding, flashing methods, and structural considerations. Lateral load resistance is also dissected in detail to provide a better understanding of what is required and how to provide it.


Length: Approximately 4 hours. ICC Approved for .3 CEU

Objectives: Upon completion of this course, attendees will…

1.Learn the various loading conditions that must be accommodated for in deck design.

2.Realize the wide variations in proper ledger attachment and what must be considered.

  1. 3.Have a better understanding of lateral loads on decks and options for resisting them.


This course will prepare NADRA Members for their Master Deck Professional, Codes and Standards Certification Exam.

CLASS CLASS I

The Existing Structure - Click here: Available online

Description: This course is related to how a new deck will interact with an existing site and building. Building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and fuel-gas systems and codes must all be considered when designing a deck to effectively work with a home. Guidance, requirements and limitations for integrating a deck with a home are provided.

Length: Approximately 4 hours. ICC Approved for .3 CEU

Objectives: Upon completion of this course, attendees will…

1.Be able to identify building systems and components located on the exterior of a typical home and how they may affect deck design.

2.Learn how to safely design a deck that will work with emergency escape and rescue windows and to mitigate the hazards associated with window glass.

3.Understand the various ways an improperly designed deck can negatively and hazardously affect building systems of the existing structure.


This course will prepare NADRA Members for their Master Deck Professional, Codes and Standards Certification Exam.

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About Glenn Mathewson, Instructor

Glenn began his construction career in the trenches, starting as a laborer and carpenter’s apprentice, to framing homes as a subcontractor and later operating his own remodeling and deck-construction company. Glenn then spent five years working for the City of Westminster, CO as a building, plumbing and mechanical inspector, and earned a Master Code Professional certification from the International Code Council. He continues to work for the City as a part-time plans analyst and allots the remainder of his professional time to freelance work.


Drawing on his experience as a tradesman, contractor, consultant and building inspector, he is able to review, discuss and teach the standards of construction with a true understanding of the realities involved with applying them in the field.

Glenn has authored dozens of technical articles in the “Professional Deck Builder” and the “Journal of Light Construction”, as well as the International Code Council’s new book, Deck Construction Based on the 2009 International Residential Code. In 2011 he took the role as Technical Advisor to the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA), where he assists the association with code related initiatives and the development of the Master Deck Builder Certification program and exams. Glenn also works as a construction and code educator, with audiences ranging from contractors to building officials.

CLASS IV

NonStructural Provisions - Click here: Available online

Description: An in-depth explanation of non-structural building code regulations related to stairs, ramps, landings, guards, and handrails will be provided.  Structural considerations for stairs and guards are also discussed. Design considerations for common amenities and features that often accompany deck construction, such as lighting, hot-tubs, gas-fired equipment and piping, and new doors are reviewed.

Length: Approximately 4 hours.

Objectives:  Upon completion of this course, attendees will…

Understand the differences and similarities of guards and handrails.

Learn the strict geometric requirements of various stairways, including straight, winder and spiral, and the uniformity required of their components.

Understand real-world loading conditions of guards and the dynamics of their entire load path.


This course will prepare NADRA Members for their Master Deck Professional, Codes and Standards Certification Exam.

 

North American Deck and Railing Association - P.O. Box 829, Quakertown, PA 18951

Phone: 215.679.4884 - Fax: 888.623.7248

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What type of benefits does NADRA provide?

Are you looking for a network of professionals to promote your services?... www.NADRA.org. Our members tend to be some of the best, most reputable builders, manufacturers, dealers, distributors , inspectors, warranty inspectors and more so you know you are partnering with qualified professionals.

•Marketing Advantages: Weekly industry update, photo gallery, profile page - lead generation, NADRA blog, social media

•Use of NADRA logo

  1.     Networking Opportunities

  2.     Annual Deck Expo Attendance at no charge to members

•National Industry Awards

  1.    Master Deck Professional Certification

      (MDP-CODE)/ Deck Evaluation Class

  1.    Website Page within NADRA.org with lead generation form

•Deck for a Soldier® 

Deck Safety Month®  Tool Kit - consumer checklist, deck evaluation form, deck safety videos

As a member you will have access to the following:

As a local and national organization of decking and outdoor professionals, our members not only know about code well in advance, but we have Code representation and Technical Advisors who keeps us abreast of code that affects our industry.

  1.    Master Deck Professional (MDPC) Code Certification

  2.    Deck Evaluation Certification

•Code Representation

•Code Change Awareness

•Technical Advisors

•Strength in Numbers

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