Alternative titles for this job include Slater, flat roofer

Roofers re-slate and tile roofs, fit skylight windows and replace lead sheeting and cladding.

Average salary (a year)

£13,000 Starter


£32,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

evenings away from home

How to become a roofer

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role


You can take a college course like a Level 2 Diploma in Roofing Occupations or Level 2 Diploma in Roof Slating and Tiling.

These courses will teach you some of the skills needed to start in this job.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

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You can get into this job through an intermediate apprenticeship as a roofer.

This can take up to 2 years to complete. You'll do on-the-job training and spend time with a college or training provider.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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You could start as a roofing labourer and do further training while you work to get a roofing qualification.

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Career tips

You can do specialist training courses if you're interested in heritage and conservation skills in roof slating and tiling.

Professional and industry bodies

You can join the Institute of Roofing for training opportunities and to make industry contacts.

Further information

You'll find more details about careers in roofing from Go Construct.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • leadership skills
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

  • be able to cope with working at height
  • have a good level of fitness

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

On a typical day you may:

  • remove or repair broken tiles or slates (stripping)
  • check roof timbers
  • fit felt sheets to roofs
  • measure and cut materials
  • cover roofs with slates, tiles or cladding
  • cut and fit lead 'flashings' around chimney stacks and walls
  • seal roof joints with mortar

Working environment

You could work on a construction site, at a client's business or at a client's home.

Your working environment may be at height, dirty, outdoors in all weathers and physically demanding.

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

Career path and progression

You can improve your career options with a qualification like the Level 3 (NVQ) Diploma in Roofing Occupations. You can do specialist skills training in areas like heritage conservation, thatching or installing solar panels.

With experience, you could become a roofing surveyor, estimating costs, dealing with contracts and working with architects. You could also become a site manager or move into technical sales. Other options include training, setting up your own business or working as a roofing consultant.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Rydale Roofing & Cladding Apprenticeship Programme

  • Wage: £117.00 Weekly
  • Location: Newcastle

Apprentice Roofer

  • Wage: £136.50 Weekly
  • Location: Mexborough

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