The North American Deck and Railing Association Launches 2-Day Educational Event

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The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) will host key educational event highlighting core building code courses and vendor training.

In addition to offering classes 2 and 3 of the MDP Series, NADRA will host a series of presentations and installation training by leaders in the outdoor living industry. NADRA will also be offering their Outdoor Living, Design Sales class at no charge to all attendees. This is an overview class focused on designing and selling decks, and is part of NADRA’s Education program.

Additional presentations will take place throughout the 2-day event. Nine training slots are available for industry vendors and benefit providers to participate in the event and are encouraged to attend.

  • What: 2014 NADRA educational event with vendor training, beer garden, networking and social events
  • Who can take the classes: Outdoor living professionals, including business owners, contractors and their crew, inspectors, industry reps, remodelers and more
  • How to register to take a class: Online registration will be available at
  • Who teaches the classes: NADRA educators and NADRA vendor members
  • How to participate as a vendor: Visit to download the form
  • Where: The Busbee Center, Gwinnett College – Lawrenceville, GA
  • When: Wednesday, February 26th & Thursday, February 27th, 2014
  • Contact: NADRA Headquarters - Direct: 215.679.4884 or Email: Info(at)NADRA(dot)org

Class 2 and 3 of the 4-part Master Deck Professional Certification Series will be held during the 2-day event. Classes 2 & 3 are $99.00/each for NADRA and ASHI members. Non-members, $149 per class. The certification test will be offered to member-attendees on-site at no charge.

Class 2, Structural Design I, Ledgers & Lateral Loads will 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.

Class 3, Structural Design II - A Trip Down the Load Path compliments the Structural Design I class by completing the discussion of designing a deck structure. Class 3 will take place on Thursday, February 27th. It provides code requirements and guidance for designing the load path, from the decking where we stand to the earth below that supports it all. Decking, joists, beams, posts, foundations and even properties of the earth will be discussed so that a complete understanding of the entire structural system can be achieved.

NADRA is made up of deck builders, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, wholesalers, retailers, lumberyards and service providers to the deck and railing industry. By working together, we can be one voice for the industry and deliver a clear message to the consumer and the code development bodies. NADRA serves as a trade association with emphasis on safe building practices, and deck safety.

The mission of the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) is to provide a unified source for the professional development, promotion, growth, and sustenance of the Deck and Railing building industry in North America so that members can exceed the expectations of their consumer.

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