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Registered Roof Observer (RRO) ®  

Those who desire to become Registered Roof Observers must fulfill certain requirements. These requirements include completion of an application, agreement to abide by the RCI Code of Ethics, and earning a satisfactory score on a written examination.


RRO Exam Schedule and Application Deadlines

Exam Date Location Application
Deadline w/late fee
3/21/2014 Anaheim, CA 12/20/2013 1/21/2014
Pensacola, FL 2/17/2014 3/17/2014
9/13/2014 Chicago, IL 6/13/2014 7/13/2014
9/27/2014 Toronto, ON 6/27/2014 7/27/2014
10/18/2014 Red Deer, AB 7/18/2014 8/18/2014


Application Fee Examination Fee Annual Renewal Fee
$150 - RCI member $100 - RCI member $75 - RCI member
$225 - Nonmember $150 - Nonmember $125 - Nonmember


RRO Application Process


An RRO Application must be received, along with the appropriate fee, by RCI Headquarters 90 days prior to an exam. The application fee is $150 for RCI members and $225 for nonmembers. Applications received between 60 and 89 days prior to an exam will be accepted with a late fee of $50 for members and $75 for non-members. Appropriate payment in full must be submitted with the RRO Application. Applications will not be accepted less than 60 days prior to the selected exam date.

After the completed application has been returned to RCI and approved, the applicant must submit a registration form for a specific location to take the exam (this form will be provided with application approval notification).  Registration for a specific exam should be received at RCI no later than three weeks prior to that exam.  The cost of the exam is $100 for RCI members and $150 for non-members and should be submitted with the registration form.  An authorization letter and exam site regulations will then be sent to the applicant shortly before the exam.

The approved applicant is responsible for all travel arrangements associated with the exam.  Approved applications are valid for two years and reapplication is required if the applicant does not earn the RRO title within that time period.

Finally, to qualify for the RRO registration, the candidate must complete the written exam and earn a satisfactory score.

For more information, consult the RRO Application. Download an RRO Application (.pdf).


RRO Exam


RRO exams are offered annually at the RCI International Convention and Trade Show and at other times throughout the year. Consult the Exam Schedule above or the RCI Events Calendar for the current schedule.

The exam is multiple-choice and tests knowledge of roof observation principles for the following types of roofing systems: built-up, single-ply, asphalt shingle, wood, sprayed polyurethane foam, tile, metal and slate.

Download an RRO Exam Study Guide (.pdf)

Note: RCI Educational Programs, in particular the Roofing Technology and Science programs, and the Rooftop Quality Assurance program may prove useful for anyone planning to pursue the RRO credential.

Annual Renewal


Annual renewal is required in order to maintain the RRO registration. The RRO must maintain activities as a quality assurance observer or perform job duties requiring the skills of a quality assurance observer.

Documented proof of 10 roofing related continuing educational hours must be submitted with the annual renewal fee of $75 for RCI Members and $125 for nonmembers. Accepted evidence of educational credit must include an official certificate or letter from the education provider featuring: the course name, date(s) of course, and number of hours awarded.

In the event the RRO discontinues employment in the construction industry or takes employment with a firm that provides services that cause a conflict of interest, the RRO registration will be forfeited. Registration granted by RCI shall remain its property.

For more information contact RCI.


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