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The Work
Workers install new roofs and repair and remove old roofs using a variety of materials. They cover roofs with wood shingles, composition, shingles, asphalt and gravel, slate, tiles and single-ply materials. The work is conducted on both commercial and residential buildings.

Working Conditions
Roofers usually work outside on top of structures, but sometimes work inside or below ground level. The work is physically demanding and requires heavy lifting, climbing, bending and squatting, with a significant risk of injury from falls. The work is performed in all weather conditions. It is often very hot. There may be periods of unemployment between jobs, with jobs lasting only nine to ten months a year.

The Apprenticeship
This program requires 3,000 4,900 hours of on-the-job training, and 144 hours per year of supplemental classroom instruction.

Apprenticeship Entry Requirements

  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Be physically able to perform the work of the trade.

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