Roofers install roofs on structures in a variety of materials, including shingles, slate and tile, hot tar, rubber, plastics and composites.

What a roofer does

Roofers use a wide range of products and application techniques for applying hot asphalt, hot coal tar pitch, rubber (EPDM and Hypalon), thermo plastics systems, torch applied modified bitumen, and cold applied systems. In addition, they install insulation and gravel and work with slate, cement and clay tile, shingles and waterproofing foundations.

Working conditions

The roofer is often required to work in unpleasant weather conditions. Because the work is outdoors, working conditions are often hot in the summer and cold in the winter. He or she must be in good physical condition to perform the work of the trade, take pride in performance and have a commitment to safety in order to protect self and co-workers.

General qualifications

  • Age - Minimum age is 18.
  • Educations - High school graduate or equivalent transcripts.
  • Good physical condition - Must be able to perform the work of the trade.

Admission requirements

  • Valid driver's license.
  • Birth certificate.
  • Personal interview.
  • Drug and alcohol testing.

Terms of apprenticeship training

  • Length of program - 4 years.
  • Related training - Minimum of 152 hours of annual classroom instruction.
  • 1,430 hours on-the-job training per year.

Recommended high school courses

  • General mathematics.
  • Reading and writing skills.