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Duration: 36 weeks. Click here for specific start dates.
Faculty: Construction, Trades and Mining
Certification: Diploma of Vocational Education
Entrance Requirements: Please click here

Program Description

The Roofer program provides students with a wide range of skills that are needed to work in the residential, commercial, institutional and industrial roofing sectors. Roofers install, repair and replace flat and sloped roofs. They work with membrane roofing systems that consist of a variety of materials with different application methods. They also install, replace and repair shingles, slate, shakes, roofing tiles, sheet metal and other preformed sheeting on sloped roofs.

Roofers may inspect existing roof systems and determine the extent and procedure for repair of the substrate or removal and replacement of roofing materials. Some roofers may be involved in the estimating of material and installation costs.

As part of the job preparation, roofers may set up scaffolding to provide safe access to the work area and may install fall protection systems. They also weatherproof, waterproof and damp-proof roofing surfaces, foundation walls, floor slabs and bridge decks. They may install roofing accessories such as sheet metal flashings, roof vent flashings, anchor bolt flashings, drain inserts and clamps.

Source: Roofer-National Occupational Analysis (NOA)-NOC 7291

Employer Testimonial

“Being part of a multi-national commercial roofing company, we are aware that a shortage of skilled manpower in the roofer profession is one of the challenges that will need to be overcome. We can see the need increasing in the future as demand increases and the current roofer workforce continues to age. These workers will need to be replaced and a well structured trades program being offered by Academy Canada is a key component of our local strategy” .

Flynn Canada Ltd., St. John’s, NL Branch


  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Standard First Aid
  • Fall Protection Certification
  • Safety
  • Introduction to Lifting, Rigging and Hoisting
  • Documentation and Reference Materials
  • Worksite Preparation
  • Roof Replacement Preparation
  • Low Slope Roofing Components
  • Steep Slope Roofing Practices
  • Steep Slope Roofing Installation
  • Maintain and Repair Low Slope Roofing
  • Math Essentials
  • Workplace Essentials
  • Computer Essentials
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Drawings and Blueprints
  • Worksite Assessment
  • Communication
  • Deck Preparation for Roof Installation
  • Low Slope Roofing Membranes
  • Waterproofing and Damp-Proofing
  • Roof Assessment: Repair and Maintenance
  • Maintain and Repair Steep Slope Roofing
  • Soft Tissue Injury: Back Injury Prevention

Employment Opportunities

Roofers may be employed by roofing companies, general contractors or they may be self-employed. They may work on all types of roofs or may specialize in low slope roofs of commercial and industrial buildings or on the steep sloped roofs found in most residential buildings.

Source: Roofer-National Occupational Analysis (NOA)-NOC 7291

Entrance Requirements

High School Graduates or Equivalent

High School Graduates or equivalent are eligible for admission into the Roofer program. Students must complete an application form and provide a copy of High School, Adult Basic Education or G.E.D. results. Under certain circumstances students who do not complete the formal High School requirements may be accepted upon the recommendation of a High School Principal or Guidance Counselor. Please contact an Admissions Officer for further details.

Mature Students
Mature Students are eligible for admission into the Roofer Program. Those students must be 19 years of age or older, complete an application form, provide a copy of their most recent marks and write a Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) arranged by Academy Canada.

For further information, please contact an Admissions Officer at 1-800-561-8000.
Program start dates are subject to sufficient enrollment.
Academy Canada reserves the right to modify any programs, courses, topics, objectives, etc.

* – Pending Government Approval

NOTE: Academy Canada would like to acknowledge and advise that the Roofing program is not a designated trade’s program that falls under the jurisdiction of the Newfoundland and Labrador Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division (ATCD). Therefore, students will not receive educational credit from ATCD toward a Roofer apprenticeship should they choose to pursue one. However, graduates may apply for certification as a Trade Qualifier in accordance with work experience requirements set by the ATCD to obtain their red seal certification as a journeyperson Roofer. Please refer to

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