Our parent organization, RCI, Inc. (formerly known as the Roof Consultants Institute), was founded in 1983 and was initially one of two national professional associations for roof consultants. Though the development of a comprehensive technical curriculum and a recognized professional registration program, RCI has gradually emerged as the premier national resource for building science education and as the voice for building envelope professionals.
Centrally governed by its Board of Directors from its headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina, RCI had traditionally supported its membership and delivered both its education courses and seminars through quarterly meetings in each region of the US and Canada. By the mid-1990’s, RCI started reviewing requests and issuing Chapter Charters to groups of members from larger metropolitan areas. This option has allowed Chapters to develop programs that better suit their local climate’s requirements and their local clients’ needs.
CAC-RCI (The Chicago Area Chapter of RCI, Inc.) was formed, incorporated in Illinois, and chartered by RCI in 2003 by a group of RCI Consultant Members who had consulting practices in northeastern Illinois, northwestern Indiana, or southeastern Wisconsin. Our primary purpose both then and now focuses on providing in-service educational opportunities for our members and engendering positive working relations with local trade organizations, construction material manufacturers, and local product representatives. To that end, Chapter membership is open to the wide range of persons who are professionally affected by the roofing industry.
CAC-RCI members are also members of RCI. There are eight classifications of RCI membership:
- Consultant members are individuals who derive their primary income from the independent practice of roof consulting, architecture, or engineering;
- Industry members are individuals who represent construction material manufacturers, contractors, or product sales and distribution companies.
- Quality Assurance Observer members are individuals who are involved in the independent observation of roof or building envelope construction.
- Facility Management members are individuals who own or manage either public or private buildings or groups of buildings.
- In addition, there are Consultant Affiliate, Industry Affiliate, Associate and Student member classes.
About Professional Registration
RCI developed, established, and maintains a Registration Program for professionals involved in the fields of roof consulting (RRC, Registered Roof Consultant), waterproofing consulting (RWC, Registered Waterproofing Consultant), exterior wall consulting, (REWC, Registered Exterior Wall Consultant), quality assurance observations (RRO, Registered Roof Observer and REWO, Registered Exterior Wall Observer). These credentials reflect registrants’ breadth of experience in each field, their comprehensive knowledge of that field, and their commitment to staying up to date in building science developments.
Individuals who earn the RRC, RWC, REWC, RRO or REWO designation are highly regarded because their achievements represent the pinnacle of the building envelope consulting profession.
The Registered Building Envelope Consultant (RBEC) designation will be awarded to those who have earned the Registered Roof Consultant (RRC), Registered Waterproofing Consultant (RWC), and Registered Exterior Wall Consultant (REWC) registrations. The RBEC title will be listed in addition to the other three consultant titles.
About our Programs
CAC-RCI hosts four membership meeting based educational seminars each year in each of the other calendar quarters. The Chapter’s largest event is its Annual Meeting held in January. This full day program is scheduled during the same week as another major event, the Chicago Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA) Trade Show.
The Chapter also locally presents RCI’s formal Education Programs such as Roofing Technology and Science 1 & 2, Rooftop Quality Assurance, Waterproofing, Exterior Walls Technology and Science. For a current schedule of Chapter Education Programs and locally offered RCI Courses, click on the “Upcoming Events” tab. For RCI Course descriptions and for a national schedule and locations, go to www.rci-online.org.