If you’re interested in becoming a roofer, it’s essential to get the right training. Here are the steps that you need to take to become a roofer:
On The Job Training:
If you know someone who works in the business, it may be possible to receive on the job training from them. However, there also are formal roofing apprenticeships available. These apprenticeships generally combine classes with paid training.
However, you’ll have to remain committed to learning new skills after the roofing apprenticeship or informal on the job training. This will ensure that you’re able to maintain the credentials necessary to work in the field.
Get Your License:
If you go through a formal apprenticeship program, you’ll likely receive the licensing necessary for your area during the program. If you don’t go through a formal apprenticeship, you will likely have to take the licensing test on your own. The specific licensing requirements vary between region. You can visit the Prometric website to determine what the licensing requirements are in your area and how to take the test to get licensed.
Join An Organization Of Roofers:
There are both local and national organizations of roofers. Being a member of these organizations after you get your license can help you to get more jobs. In addition, many of them offer continued training. Here are some examples of roofers’ organizations:
- National Roofing Contractors Association
- Western States Roofing Contractors Association
- Indiana State Council Of Roofers
- Colorado Roofing Association
- Roofers Union
Determine If You Wish To Be Self Employed Or Work For Someone Else And Seek Employment:
Roofers who work for a larger company are often guaranteed steady work, but they work in a very different environment than self employed roofers. Often, roofers who work for someone else’s business have a supervisor on the job site. If you choose to work for someone else, research the roofing companies in your area and begin the process of applying to job openings with them.
Roofers who are self employed have to build their business from the ground up, and it can take a while to get the business launched. If you aren’t familiar with the basics of running a business, it may be advantageous to take a course in marketing. Furthermore, it’s essential to develop plenty of connections within your community.