Overview of the role

Installing a range of roofing materials and products.

Details of standard

Typical Job Roles

Roof Slater and Tiler, Waterproof Membranes Installer, Roof Sheeter and Cladder


Typically 18 – 24 months



Occupational Profile

This occupation involves installing a range of roofing materials and products, at height.  It includes interpreting drawings, measuring and calculating the required amount of materials.  Roofing work can involve anything from repairing a single tile or slate on a domestic property, to re-roofing public buildings such as schools, working on new build housing projects, or installing the roof on large commercial buildings.  Roofers can be on site from a few hours to a few weeks so this occupation should suit those who like to move workplaces on a regular basis.  The work is varied and would suit individuals who prefer working outside.  This is a core and options apprenticeship, with three options:

Option 1: A Roof Slater and Tiler works on a building site, or in domestic or commercial premises, installing slate and tile roof coverings and related products to both new and existing buildings.

Option 2: A Waterproof Membranes Installer works on a building site, or in domestic or commercial premises, installing waterproofing systems and related products, to both new and existing buildings.  Waterproofing roofers apply protective membranes to flat roof structures to ensure they are watertight.

Option 3: A Roof Sheeter and Cladder works on commercial premises, installing metal sheet roof coverings and related products, to both new and existing buildings.  Roof sheeting and cladding operatives make buildings waterproof by covering the roof with sheeting, operatives may also clad walls.

Core Skills

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


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.  For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirements are Entry Level 3, and the British Sign Language qualification is an alternative to English qualifications for apprentices for whom this is their primary language.