Slater, flat roofer
Roofers re-slate and tile roofs, fit skylight windows and replace lead sheeting and cladding.
Salary Range: £13,000 to £32,000
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.
You’ll usually need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
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.
You’ll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You could start as a roofing labourer and do further training while you work to get a roofing qualification.
- you’ll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to train and work on a construction site
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.
You’ll find more details about careers in roofing from Go Construct.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- 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
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- 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
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.