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On completion of this apprenticeship, a roofer will have knowledge of:

  • The principles of health, safety and welfare, employment law, and how these are applied in the workplace
  • The different techniques and methods used to move, handle and store materials
  • How to interpret and use relevant product information and specifications
  • The standards and codes of practice that apply to roofing
  • How to calculate quantity, length, area and wastage of resources
  • The principles of condensation, the factors involved and standard methods of control in roofs
  • The principles of insulation and effects on heat loss in roofs
  • Basic drawings and how to calculate material quantities from given information
  • The principles relating to common defects, and the repair and maintenance of roofs
  • Why, when and how health and safety control equipment should be used when undertaking roofing work (e.g. personal protective equipment (PPE) and respiratory protective equipment (RPE)
  • How to use, maintain and store hand tools, power tools and associated equipment
  • How to work safely at height and use access equipment
  • The needs of other workers and how to work effectively with others
  • The characteristics, quality, uses, sustainability, limitations and defects associated with roofing products and components used in their own specialism and the wider roofing industry


On completion of this apprenticeship, roofers will be able to:

  • Work safely and be aware of key health, safety and welfare issues
  • Plan and carry out their work to commercial standards of quality and speed
  • Move, handle and store resources, complying with relevant legislation and guidance
  • Interpret and follow verbal and written work instructions from trade supervisors and site managers
  • Select the required materials and resources to carry out the work
  • Set up, check and operate plant and/or equipment
  • Install related materials and components to a given specification
  • Use, maintain and store hand tools, power tools and associated equipment
  • Access, interpret and use drawings and specifications to carry out work


Core behaviours expected to be displayed by all roofing apprentices Effective communication: oral, written, listening, body language, presentation

  • Team work: work effectively with others with limited supervision
  • Independent working: take responsibility for completing own work
  • Logical thinking: use clear and valid reasoning when making decisions
  • Working effectively: undertake the work in a reliable and productive manner
  • Time management: use own time effectively to complete the work on schedule
  • Adaptability: be able to adjust to changes to work instructions

Option 1: Roof Slater and Tiler Skill Requirements On completion of this apprenticeship, slaters and tilers will be able to:

  • Carry out a range of job tasks including measuring, marking out, fitting, finishing, positioning and securing
  • Install plain tiles, interlocking tiles, natural slates and fibre-cement slates
  • Install underlay, battens and related roofing components
  • Install pre-formed lead and/or proprietary flashings
  • Install dry and wet fixed products to verges, hips, ridge and valleys
  • Install insulation and ventilation products for warm and cold roof construction
  • Install roof windows and flashing kits

Option 1: Roof Slater and Tiler Knowledge Requirements On completion of this apprenticeship, slaters and tilers will have knowledge of:

  • The principles of slating and tiling and how they are applied in routine tasks, such as, setting out roofs, installing insulation, underlay and other background materials, installing main roof coverings, fixings, fittings and components, ventilation and dry fix systems, roof windows, mixing and applying mortar and installing pre-formed lead and/or proprietary flashings
  • How to use key dimensions relating to batten gauges and minimum and maximum head lap
  • How to strip and reclaim slates, tiles and fittings for re-use
  • How to check areas to be covered, including correct installation of cavity trays, fascia board height, barge boards, hip and valley construction, penetrations, and masonry
  • How to requisition slating and tiling materials, such as tiles, slates, underlay, battens, fixings and related materials, fittings and components.

This apprenticeship is delivered at Construction College Midlands in Birmingham. 

Qualifications are not mandatory for this standard, however, apprentices without Level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for level 2 English and maths prior to taking their end point assessment.

Be able to cope with working at height

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On Programme assessment of knowledge, skills, behaviours through:Training to develop the occupation standard’s knowledge, skills and behaviours


  • Employer is satisfied the apprentice is consistently working at, or above, the level of the occupational standard
  • Apprentice has achieved English and mathematics at Level 1 and taken the tests for level 2
  • A portfolio compiled by the apprentice on-programme of workplace evidence, to underpin the EPA interview

End point assessment

  • Assessment method 1: Knowledge test; graded fail, pass, distinction
  • Assessment method 2: Observation with questioning; graded fail, pass.
  • Assessment method 3: Interview, underpinned by portfolio of workplace evidence; graded fail, pass, distinction
  • Overall EPA and apprenticeship graded fail, pass, distinction

  • There is no cost to the apprentice.
  • If you are an employer with over 50 employees or, are employing an apprentice over the age of 19 (without a EHCP) you will be required to pay 5% contribution towards the cost of the apprenticeship Training.
  • If you are a levy paying company then you will pay for the training from your levy account.
  • Grants are available for eligible employers. For further information please visit the CITB website.

Course Information

Cost: No cost to the apprentice. An employer contribution may be required. Adults may be eligible for FREE tuition. (No VAT charged)

Duration: Typically 18 – 24 months

Mandatory Entry Requirements: See Mandatory Entry Requirements

Funding: See Grants and Funding

How to Apply

Call 01922 663600 for course dates.

Upcoming Start Dates

No future start dates:

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