SPFA PCP Mission & Vision Statements

Mission: To deliver and operate a focused, consistent and attentive, world-class professional sprayfoam certification program. Continuously raising, establishing, and raising again the bar on safety, performance, quality and professionalism among SPF industry professionals. For the benefit of their businesses, personal safety, safety and satisfaction among customers, and to create the most solid of foundations for future growth, personal and industry distinction.

Vision: That the SPFA Professional Certification Program is the most rigorous, extensive and defining program for the SPF professionals in the world. That it be consistent with all industry standards, best practices and known building science, and accessible and affordable among our intended constituency. That it be the measure of personal and professional accomplishment in the industry, and a demonstration among professionals of the essential knowledge, skills and abilities inherent among the highest class of sprayfoam professional.

Frequently Asked Questions - Certification

  1. How do I get signed up to take the written examination or Field Examination? For the most up to date information on registration/scheduling requirements, dates, locations and fees contact SPFA PCP at 1-866-222-5000.

  2. Where can I take the written examination? Examinations are administered frequently across the nation. To get current locations call 1-866-222-5000. Online solutions are available at approved facilities.

  3. Can I get my results over the phone? No. Examination results are confidential and will only be provided in writing.

  4. When will I receive my examination results? Results for examinations will be mailed within three weeks after the examination date.

  5. Is training required before taking examination? No. There is not a requirement to take any specific courses or meeting any requirement on instructional hours; however, the candidate has a much better chance of passing the Certification Examinations if training classes are taken.

  6. Does SPFA PCP offer courses to prepare for examinations? Yes, training will be available through a variety of sources such as product manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, trade associations (including SPFA) and various private learning institutions.

  7. How often can I take the written examination? You may take the written examination as many times as needed until you pass the examination.

  8. Is there a fee for re-taking an exam? Yes, the examination fee must be paid each time an examination is administered.

  9. Can I reschedule or cancel my examination? Yes but you must notify SPFA PCP at least 2 days before the examination for which you have registered.

  10. Can I get a copy of my results mailed to me? Yes, your examination results will be mailed to you.

  11. Are the examinations open book? No. You are not allowed any study or reference materials. You may bring with you a calculator, writing utensils, etc.

  12. How long are the written examinations? The length of time is 2 hours maximum.

  13. What type of format will the examination questions be in? Exam questions are in four-option, multiple-choice, with one answer on each question scored as correct.

  14. Should I guess if I don’t know the answer to a question? There is no guessing penalty, so answer every question.

  15. What is considered a passing score? The passing mark for the written and Field Examinations is 75%.

  16. What language is the examination available in? ALL SPFA PCP exams are available only in English at the present time.

SPFA Professional Certification Program (PCP) Insulation

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To become certified under SPFA's new program, you must pass the exam and meet the criteria for any level of Certification you would like to achieve. It is a progressive program with each level based on the candidate passing the exam for the previous level. In other words, EVERYONE must begin with SPF Assistant criteria. If your ultimate goal is to be a Certified Project Manager, you must pass the written exams for Assistant, Installer, Master Installer, and Project Manager to become a Certified SPF Project Manager. You must also fulfill the pre-qualifications for the level of certification you wish to achieve. The pre-qualifications for each level are listed in the Certification Handbooks. 

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For full details on the SPFA Professional Certification for Insulation, click here.

To find upcoming testing dates, locations, or partner-offered exam prep courses, pleaes check the SPFA Events Calendar

ALL INDIVIDUALS MUST COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING STEPS TO BECOME CERTIFIED:

  1. Determine which certification you want to pursue - Roofing or Insulation.
  2. Successfully complete CPI On-line Health & Safety Course.
  3. Fill out and return SPFA Certification Program Registration Form with one-time fee. Insulation Certification Enrolment forms
  4. Sign and return the SPFA Professional Certification Program Certification Agreement.
  5. Fill out the Experience Declaration Project List (for Installer, Master Installer, and Project Management levels).
  6. Submit a digital color photo of yourself for your Certification ID card.

Choose the Level of Certification you wish to pursue (Assistant, Installer, Master Installer, or Project Manager) and click on the links below for details.

SPF Assistant: This certification is the first level for BOTH Insulation AND Roofing. Start here.
The SPF Assistant certification is specifically designed for individuals involved in the assistance of the installation of spray polyurethane foam in thermal insulation or roofing installations. SPF Assistants duties may include assisting in equipment and job set-up, substrate preparation, material handling and staging, moving of hoses/scaffolding/ladders, masking, trimming, clean-up and other non-spraying tasks. Download the Handbook for details.

SPF Installer:
This certification is specifically designed for individuals with limited experience in the installation of spray polyurethane foam. It is effectively similar to an apprentice level. The SPF Installer has some experience in spraying foam with the guidance of a more experienced Master Installer or Project Manager. The SPF Installer typically does not have the skills and abilities to install on his/her own. This person ideally needs to be supervised by a skilled Master Installer or Project Manager. The SPF Installers duties may include spraying SPF in different applications as well as equipment set-up/start-up/shut down. Download the Handbook for details.

SPF Master Installer (Advanced Level):
This certification is specifically designed for individuals experienced in the installation of SPF. The SPF Master Installer has extensive experience spraying SPF in various applications, and has demonstrated competence in SPF applications through a field examination. The SPF Master Installers duties may include all aspects of the installation of the SPF as well as equipment function/maintenance/repair, and an understanding of other systems as well as the proper installation of protective coatings. Download the Handbook for details.

SPF Project Manager:
This certification is specifically designed for individuals involved in all aspects of the installation and project management of SPF. The SPF Project Manager has extensive Knowledge and Skills in all aspects of SPF in various installations. The SPF Project Manager's duties may include managing all aspects of the project and installation of the SPF, as well as knowledge and skills in building science/design, material selection/estimating, and codes and standards compliance. Download the Handbook for details.

For more information or to register for PCP please contact SPFA PCP at admin@spfapcp.org or 1-866-222-5000.

SPFA Professional Certification Program (PCP)

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BREAKING NEWS:

SPF ASSISTANT EXAM PREP COURSE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!

CLICK ON STUDY GUIDE COVER FOR MORE DETAILS.

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SPFA PCP Mission Statement

SPFA PCP Vision Statement

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The SPFA Professional Certification Program (PCP) is the only one of its kind for the professional SPF industry.  It is international ISO-17024 standard compliant, an enormous accomplishment that brings rigorousness, credibility and comprehensiveness to the program.  It is industry consensus-developed, and the result of almost two years of preparation.  This professional certification replaces the SPFA Sprayfoam Accreditation program of old.  The PCP has a variety of categories and levels to accommodate the diversity of the SPF workplace.  The core of the program is focused upon the professional contractor and provides for two tracks – insulation and roofing.  Within both tracks are four levels: Assistant, Installer, Master Installer, and Project Manager.  Each level requires passage of an extensive written exam before the candidate can move on to a higher level of certification.  The Master Installer level also requires the candidate to pass a Field Exam, an over-the-shoulder practicum that emulates the SPF spraying experience from start-up to shut-down.  Additionally, each level has a variety of secondary but mandatory requirements that must be met to achieve certification for the level, such as the CPI online Health and Safety training for Assistants, OSHA 10 and 30 Hours cards for higher levels, declarations of experience and other elements.  The requirements for certification at each level are available in convenient checklist format within the Insulation and Roofing PCP handbooks available on this website..

The various committees that were tasked with developing the program approached it with the following core principles: 1. Make it comprehensive, demanding and thorough. 2. Make it accessible and affordable 3. Make it consistent with the best practices in industry, and 4. Make it compliant with demanding appropriate internationally recognized and independent standards.  Done.

As part of the ISO-17024 process, a complete Job Task Analysis (JTA) was performed to identify and correctly place each major task an SPF professional would conduct in the field.  From that, a Knowledge, Skill, and/or Ability (KSA) was established for each JTA, and from the KSAs appropriate Learning Objectives (LO) were established which were utilized to populate the exam preparatory curriculum and the test questions.  The curriculum and related materials were reviewed independently outside the organization, including by representatives of EPA and OSHA, adding to their completeness.  Why does SPFA think it matters enough to put this process information here?  Because there is no higher standard for a certification program to pursue, the commitment to compliance with the process resulted in a world-class program that the members and industry are very proud of, and the customer can have confidence in.

Contractors, manufacturers, distributors and systems houses within SPFA came together to assist in development and deployment of the PCP.  While each of these companies typically have their own training programs, the majority have incorporated SPFA PCP into their programs, making certain their training covers the Learning Objectives of the PCP.  With approval, any training program can utilize SPFA PCP materials with the intention of preparing the candidate - the professional contractor - for the PCP exams.  SPFA issues the exams upon request to an approved, recognized Written Examiner (Proctor), the tests are completed, sent back to SPFA, graded, and upon passage and completion of other level requirements, the candidate receives their certification along with a wallet card and certificate.  Each certification is valid for five years with annual renewal, and a recertification exam is required after five years to retain certification.

PCP exams are also available online, but certain requirements must be met for remote monitoring of the exam to assure identity of the tester, and to conform to ISO-17024 procedures.  The tests are available in Spanish from Assistant to Master Installer levels, in-person and also online.

Achieving SPFA PCP Certified status means that the contractor has demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and abilities established by industry and SPFA to be deemed proficient at the respective level.  A contractor will have had to embrace the process, requirements, testing and related obligations, as well as the cost of certification, to be called SPFA PCP Certified.  This demonstrates a commitment and dedication to the industry and their craft, and allows for the contractor to differentiate themselves and their services from uncertified competition.

There is much more to the program.  You are invited to visit the various pages and documents on this website to better inform yourself and understand PCP certification.

Individual Certifications

SPFA Professional Certification for Insulation

SPFA Professional Certification for Roofing

SPFA Professional Certification for Field Examiner

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For more information or to register for PCP please contact SPFA PCP at admin@spfapcp.org or 1-866-222-5000.

SPFA Professional Certification Program (PCP) Roofing

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To become certified under SPFA's new program, you must pass the exam and meet the criteria for any level of Certification you would like to achieve. It is a progressive program with each level based on the candidate passing the exam for the previous level. In other words, EVERYONE must begin with SPF Assistant criteria. If your ultimate goal is to be a Certified Project Manager, you must pass the written exams for Assistant, Installer, Master Installer, and Project Manager to become a Certified SPF Project Manager. You must also fulfill the pre-qualifications for the level of certification you wish to achieve. The pre-qualifications for each level are listed in the Certification Handbooks.

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For full details on the SPFA Professional Certification for Roofing, click here.

To find upcoming testing dates, locations, or partner-offered exam prep courses, pleaes check the SPFA Events Calendar

ALL INDIVIDUALS MUST COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING STEPS TO BECOME CERTIFIED:

  1. Determine which Certification you want to pursue - Roofing or Insulation.
  2. Successfully complete CPI On-line Health & Safety Course.
  3. Fill out and return SPFA Certification Program Registration Form with one-time fee. Roofing Certification Enrolment forms
  4. Sign and return the SPFA Professional Certification Program Certification Agreement.
  5. Fill out the Experience Declaration Project List (for Installer, Master Installer, and Project Management levels).
  6. Submit a digital color photo of yourself for your Certification ID card.

Choose the Level of Certification you wish to pursue (Assistant, Installer, Master Installer, or Project Manager) and click on the links below for details.

SPF Assistant: This certification is the first level for BOTH Insulation AND Roofing. Start here.
The SPF Assistant certification is specifically designed for individuals involved in the assistance of the installation of spray polyurethane foam in thermal insulation or roofing installations. SPF Assistants duties may include assisting in equipment and job set-up, substrate preparation, material handling and staging, moving of hoses/scaffolding/ladders, masking, trimming, clean-up and other non-spraying tasks. Download the Handbook for details.

SPF Installer:
This certification is specifically designed for individuals with limited experience in the installation of spray polyurethane foam. It is effectively similar to an apprentice level. The SPF Installer has some experience in spraying foam with the guidance of a more experienced Master Installer or Project Manager. The SPF Installer typically does not have the skills and abilities to install on his/her own. This person needs to be supervised by a skilled Master Installer or Project Manager. The SPF Installers duties may include spraying SPF in different applications as well as equipment set-up/start-up/shut down. Download the Handbook for details.

SPF Master Installer (Advanced Level):
This certification is specifically designed for individuals experienced in the installation of SPF. The SPF Master Installer has extensive experience spraying SPF in various applications, and has demonstrated competence in SPF applications through a field examination. The SPF Master Installers duties may include all aspects of the installation of the SPF as well as equipment function/maintenance/repair, and an understanding of other systems as well as the proper installation of protective coatings. Download the Handbook for details.

SPF Project Manager:
This certification is specifically designed for individuals involved in all aspects of the installation and project management of SPF. The SPF Project Manager has extensive Knowledge and Skills in all aspects of SPF in various installations. The SPF Project Manager's duties may include managing all aspects of the project and installation of the SPF, as well as knowledge and skills in building science/design, material selection/estimating, and codes and standards compliance. Download the Handbook for details.

For more information or to register for PCP please contact SPFA PCP at admin@spfapcp.org or 1-866-222-5000

SPFA believes that the path to a healthful, safe, high-quality and performing SPF installation travels through the hands of a knowledgeable, trained, experienced, and ideally PCP-certified professional contractor.