The Fifth National Convention of RCI officially opened in Chicago on Sunday, March 18, 1990, with the Certified Roof Consultant (CRC) examination (now the Registered Roof Consultant or RRC). A roomful of hopefuls labored for six hours on the exam (see photo). And the next day, Credentials Committee Chair John Willers (pictured here) announced the exam would subsequently be expanded to eight hours. At that time, what is now the Registrations Committee was working on a Certified Roof Observer certification (now the Registered Roof Observer or RRO). By that July, President Jim Magowan reported the number of CRCs at 56. And in September, David J. Laks of Scarborough, ON, was the first Canadian to earn the CRC.
Newly elected region directors in 1990 were Tom White, Region 1; Art Sark, Region 2; and John Gimple, Region 5 (the regions were drawn differently from the present). Phil Dregger was later elected as Region 6 director to succeed Sam Huff, who was elected national treasurer at the convention. Curt Liscum was appointed director of Region 4 later that year.
In response to Hurricane Hugo, which had struck South Carolina and Puerto Rico the year before, RCI organized a Disaster Response Program to gather data on roof damage during wind events. Allan Kidd spearheaded the program.