OFO No: 642101

Other names for Roofer:

  • Covers Roof Using Natural Thatch
  • Metal Roofer
  • Roof Shingler
  • Roof Slater
  • Roofer
  • Roofing Contractor
  • Roofing Installer


Youtube clip – So you want to become a Roofer?

For training options in South Africa – scroll down


What is a Roofer?

A Roofer is a person who specialises in the construction of a roof. Their job is to build the rafters, beams and trusses which will form the skeleton for the roof. Roofers also specialise in waterproofing, guttering and flashing.

A Roofer will need to have a good knowledge of the materials used and be able to choose the right ones specific for each roof.

What does  Roofer do?

  • reads building plans
  • meets with the project manager/construction manager
  • sets out and construction of various trusses
  • erects roofs
  • clads the structures
  • fits gutters and downpipes
  • works closely with other construction workers like carpenters, bricklayers etc

Are you … ?

  • interested in construction?
  • afraid of heights?  If YES, this is not a good career choice for you!
  • a person with good balance?
  • a team player?
  • 16 years or older?
  • physically strong?
  • practical?
  • a person with good eye-hand co-ordination?
  • able to work on scaffolding?
  • able to read and understand building plans?
  • responsible?

How do I become a Roofer? 


  • Often employers train their own staff to their set of requirements. 


  • FET / TVET – Training Certificate NQF Level 2 or Grade 10
  • Learnership – Construction (Carpenter NCCA) NQF Level 3


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 



Offers a variety of short courses.  These courses can range from 1 Day – to 12 weeks and is determined by the schedule of the employer/client.  The completion of these courses with the appropriate prescribed minimum work experience enables a trainee to be trade tested and certificated by the CETA.


Offers a course:  Building Skills: Carpentry – Finishing/Roofing


Offers Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Roofing courses


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Carpenter … or … Furniture Designer

Is becoming a Roofer the right career choice for me?