Occupational profile - roofing

Information on apprenticeships in the construction crafts (roofing occupations) industry, including what’s involved; skills and knowledge needed and progression routes for apprentices

Roofing occupations

Roof slating and tiling involves carrying out skilled work, using roofing products on construction sites, or on existing buildings to create complete roof coverings. 

The typical roles and responsibilities for the occupation are:

  • removing or repairing broken tiles or slates (stripping)
  • checking roof timbers
  • fitting felt sheets to roofs
  • measuring and cutting materials
  • covering roofs with slates, tiles or cladding
  • cutting and fitting lead ‘flashings’ around chimney stacks and walls
  • sealing roof joints with mortar
  • adhering to industry best practise requirements and regulations

Knowledge and skills needed

On completion of this apprenticeship, level 3 roof slaters and tilers will have the same occupational knowledge and skills as a level 2 roof slater and tiler but will also be able to show they can use a range of advanced trade skills  to carry out complex roof work to highly skilled standards and tolerances.

Knowledge requirements

You must:

  • have knowledge of information, quantities and communicating with others
  • have knowledge of building methods and construction technology
  • know how to strip and reclaim pitched roof coverings, single-lap roof coverings to a fixed gauge, roofing backgrounds and components, regular sized natural slates to advanced roof details, random roof slates to diminishing margins, pre-formed weathering flashings to roofs, plain tile roof coverings, double-lap artificial roof slates
  • know how to carry out safe working practices in construction

Skills requirements

You  must have the skills to:

  • install single-lap roof coverings to a fixed gauge, roofing backgrounds and components, regular sized natural slates to advanced roof details, random roof slates to diminishing margins, pre-formed weathering flashings to roofs, plain tile roof coverings, double-lap artificial roof slates
  • understand and apply information, quantities and communicating with others
  • carry out safe working practices in construction, building methods and construction technology

Enhancements

The following enhancements are a mandatory part of this framework:

  • three-day training programme in lead burning
  • three-day training programme in circular work
  • identify materials and essential plant and equipment appropriate for completion of repairs
  • health and safety refresher training and achievement of the Level 3 registration scheme card

Progression

Progression from this level 3 apprenticeship is expected to be in an occupational work supervision role such as team leader, charge hand or higher.

National occupational standards (NOS)

Every framework must be underpinned by national occupational standards (NOS) which sets out the standards of performance individuals must achieve when carrying out functions in the workplace, together with specifications of the underpinning knowledge and understanding. Behaviours may be detailed within or alongside the NOS.

Core NOS

Unique registration number (URN) Title of the occupational standard

VR209

Confirm work activities and resources for the work

VR210

Develop and maintain good working relationships

VR211

Confirm the occupational method of work

VR641

Conform to general workplace health, safety and welfare

Available NOS

Unique registration number (URN) Title of the occupational standards

VR272

Install underlay, battens and roofing components

VR273

Install pre-formed weathering flashings to roofs

VR274

Install single-lap roof tiles to a variable gauge

VR275

Install plain tile roof coverings

VR277

Install double-lap artificial roof slates

VR278

Install natural roof slate to mitred and vertical roof details

VR279

Install random natural roof slates with diminishing margins

VR280

Strip and reclaim roof coverings

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