How To Become A Roofer


The Job

If you have a head for heights and enjoy working outdoors in all weathers then roofing could be for you.

Roofers play an important role in the construction industry. The work includes installing and repairing roofing, guttering and fascias, checking roof timbers are sound and sealing roof joints to keep out the rain.

Roofers need to have a sensible attitude towards Health & Safety at work, understand materials and building plans and enjoy seeing that a job is finished on time to a high standard.

Annual Salary

Roofer Salary

Minimum Education Level

Level: Level - Entry

Minimum Qualifications

No formal qualifications are required, although it will help to have GCSEs (A*-C) in English and maths.

Recommended Qualifications

Ideally, you should complete a relevant Apprenticeship programme or take a college course in general construction, such as a Level 2/3 (NVQ) Diploma in Roof Slating & Tiling.

Other Qualifications Needed

The most common route into roofing is to start out as a labourer, which offers a good introduction to the construction industry.

Apprenticeships and college courses accredited by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) are another good option as you can be sure you are getting the right training in roofing techniques and Health & Safety.

Even with recognized qualifications, employers are likely to expect you to have on-site experience.

Average Working Hours Per Week = 40 Hours per week


Common Working Pattern

Common Working Pattern

Time Taken To Qualify

2 Years

What Next/Career Development

Qualified roofers can apply for membership of the Institute of Roofing (IOR), which has a programme of further training that can help you start your own company or develop your career.

Options for further training include accountancy and business procedures, surveying, Health & Safety legislation, construction-related legislation and management.

Facts And Figures

• In 2013 7% of the UK’s jobs were in the construction industry.

• The construction industry contributed £83 billion to the UK economy in 2012.

(Source: Office for National Statistics)

• 37% of the construction industry’s workforce is self-employed.

(Source: National Careers Service)