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Become A Roofer Apprentice

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Working As A Roofer Apprentice

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Deal with People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $27,790

    Average Salary

What Does A Roofer Apprentice Do At Tradesmen International, Inc.

* Checking to ensure that completed roofs are watertight
* Sweeping and cleaning roofs to prepare them for the application of new roofing materials
* Locating worn or torn areas in roofs
* Covering roofs with layers of roofing felt or asphalt strips before installing tile, slate, or composition materials
* Removing old roofing materials
* Unloading materials and tools from work trucks, and unrolling roofing as directed
* Placing tiles, nailing them to roof boards, and covering nail heads with roofing cement

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How To Become A Roofer Apprentice

Construction laborers and helpers learn their trade through on-the-job training (OJT). The length of training depends on the employer and the specialization. Formal education is not typically required.


Although formal education is not typically required, high school classes in mathematics, blueprint reading, welding, and other vocational subjects can be helpful.

To receive further education, some workers attend a trade school or community college.


Construction laborers and helpers learn through OJT after being hired by a construction contractor. Workers typically gain experience by performing tasks under the guidance of experienced workers.

Although the majority of construction laborers and helpers learn by assisting experienced workers, some construction laborers opt for apprenticeship programs. Programs generally include 2 to 4 years of technical instruction and OJT. The Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) requires a minimum of 4,000 hours of OJT, accompanied by 300 hours of related instruction in such areas as signaling, blueprint reading, using proper tools and equipment, and following health and safety procedures. The remainder of the curriculum consists of specialized training in one of these eight areas:

  • Building construction
  • Demolition and deconstruction
  • Environmental remediation
  • Road and utility construction
  • Tunneling
  • Masonry
  • Landscaping
  • Pipeline construction

Several groups, including unions and contractor associations, sponsor apprenticeship programs, which usually have only a basic age qualification—age 18 or older—for entrance. Apprentices must obtain a high school diploma or equivalent before completing their apprenticeship. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Laborers who remove hazardous materials (hazmat) must meet the federal and state requirements for hazardous materials removal workers.

Depending on the work they do, laborers may need specific certifications, which may be attained through LIUNA. Rigging and scaffold building are commonly attained certifications. Certification can help workers prove that they have the knowledge to perform more complex tasks.


Through experience and training, construction laborers and helpers can advance into positions that involve more complex tasks. For example, laborers may earn certifications in welding, erecting scaffolding, or finishing concrete, and then spend more time performing those activities. Similarly, helpers sometimes move into construction craft occupations after gaining experience in the field. For example, experience as an electrician’s helper may lead to becoming an apprentice electrician.

Important Qualities

Color vision. Construction laborers and helpers may need to be able to distinguish colors to do their job. For example, an electrician’s helper must be able to distinguish different colors of wire to help the lead electrician.

Math skills. Construction laborers and some helpers need to perform basic math calculations while measuring on jobsites or assisting a surveying crew.

Mechanical skills. Construction laborers are frequently required to operate and maintain equipment, such as jackhammers.

Physical stamina. Construction laborers and helpers must have the endurance to perform strenuous tasks throughout the day. Highway laborers, for example, spend hours on their feet—often in hot temperatures—with few breaks.

Physical strength. Construction laborers and helpers must often lift heavy materials or equipment. For example, cement mason helpers must move cinder blocks, which typically weigh more than 40 pounds each.

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Roofer Apprentice Demographics


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  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish


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Real Roofer Apprentice Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Industrial Roofing Apprentice Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc. Wheeling, WV Apr 01, 2016 $28,550
Roofer Apprentice TCC Contractors, Inc. DBA TCC Roofing Contractors CO Apr 01, 2012 $23,082
Roofer Apprentice Jay Parker Any Length Construction AL Apr 01, 2012 $22,080
Roofer Apprentice Etheridge Roofing, Inc. NC Mar 01, 2012 $18,136
Roofing Apprentice Navarro Roofing Corp. Carson, CA Apr 11, 2015 $17,722
Roofer Apprentice Haeber Roofing Company TX Apr 01, 2012 $17,635

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Top Skills for A Roofer Apprentice


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Top Roofer Apprentice Skills

  1. Safety Equipment
  2. New Roof
  3. Clean Job Site
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Preform tasks for new roofing construction and repairs to current locations for metal panels, shingles and rubber roofs
  • help keep a clean job site.
  • Repaired roofs (whitecap, TPO roofs, and metal) also did tear offs and re roofed.
  • Performed duties such as tearing off old roofs, patching over existing, repairing sub roofing, putting on new roofs.
  • Assist Journeyman Roofers in the tear off, removal, and application of commercial grade roofs.

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