Roofers are tradespeople who enjoy working with their hands in a unique environment. They don’t shy away from heights or hard work, and they take great satisfaction in doing precise and important work

As a Roofer, you’ll install, repair and replace flat roofs and shingles, shakes and other roofing tiles on all types of buildings.  

You’ll demonstrate your hands-on and precise work method as you prepare roofs and conduct repairs and installation. Whether working with a team or independently, you’ll use your skills to plan site layouts and see your efforts unfold in a finished product. 

What You'll Learn

  • How to install and repair single-ply roofing systems, shingles, shakes and other roofing tiles 
  • How to install sheet metal flashings  
  • How to install, repair or replace roofing systems 
  • How to apply waterproof coatings to concrete or other masonry surfaces 
  • How to set up scaffolding 
  • How to estimate materials required and quote costs 

Key Job Skills

  • Dexterity 
  • Specialized tool use 
  • Materials estimating and ordering 
  • Roofing replacement preparation 
  • Roofing system installation  

Technical Training

To get certified, you will need to sign up for technical training at an approved training provider in addition to on-the-job training.

Visit Trades Training BC and EducationPlannerBC for a comprehensive list of what programs are available in your trade at public and non-public schools. To view specific designation details for non-public approved training providers, visit this page

Technical Training 15 weeks over 3 years
Work-Based Training
4950 HOURS
Salary Range Hourly
$20.00 — $35.00

Program Updates

  • October 2022: For information regarding transition, please see the Program Update and Transition Plan

  • August 2022: The competency migration chart is now available and is attached to OPSN 2022 012. Please see the Program Update for details.

  • July 2022: A new Program Outline and Program Profile will be implemented September 1, 2022. Please see OPSN 2022 012 for details.

Harmonized Program Information 

and REsources

In effect starting September 1, 2022



Exam Information

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March 2023: Program Update (IP Exams aligned to 2020 Red Seal Occupational Standards (RSOS)) A Comparative Analysis detailing changes between the 2012 National Occupational Analysis (NOA) and 2020 RSOS can be found here.


Challenge the


If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification. Learn more about How to Challenge a Skilled Trade.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.