Curious about what roofers do?

A career in the roofing industry is a great move.  This page looks at the sorts of jobs you’ll be doing, where your career could go, and what kinds of skills will help you in the trade.

Why become a roofer?

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Start your career with no student loan

Earn a wage from day one, and finish your apprenticeship without a massive loan hanging over your head!

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Work that suits your lifestyle

Work outdoors instead of being stuck in the same office all day. As your career grows, you'll have more freedom and flexibility in your schedule to fit in more time for the things that matter, such as family, hobbies, and interests.

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A variety of experiences

No two days are the same! You'll get the chance to work on a wide range of jobs throughout your career.

What do roofers do?

Roofers repair or install roofs using materials such as metal, membrane, tiles, and shingles. You'll be working with other tradies, such as builders - there's lots of teamwork involved!

A day in the life of a roofer is never boring. You get to work outdoors with your hands, facing a range of challenges. One day you might be working on a major construction project, and the next doing a smaller job on a residential property.

On any given day you could be:

  • Installing a roof from scratch

  • Cutting roofing materials to size and fixing roofing and cladding to buildings

  • Removing old or damaged metal, tiles, and other materials from roofs

  • Doing minor repairs to roof structures

  • Installing spouting and guttering on roofs

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Where can I go?

Once you complete your apprenticeship, you'll be able to work independently as a roofer anywhere in New Zealand.

As you become more experienced, you'll be able to progress to higher-level roles, such as project manager or supervisor.

Many roofers go on to start their own business, increasing both their freedom and income. Others choose to go into consulting, training, or other roles.

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Is it for me?

Roofers need a special set of skills. You'll learn all the technical bits in your apprenticeship, but for starters, you'll need to be:

responsibleResponsible and well-organised 

weatherHappy working outdoors in any weather

strongPhysically fit (you'll move around a lot and do some heavy lifting) 

professionalAble to present yourself professionally (you'll be representing your employer and interacting with clients and other people, like members of the public)

communicateGood at communicating with others 

timeFlexible with working hours, as evening, weekend and on call is sometimes required

heightsComfortable working at heights for long periods of time

balanceHave good balance and hand-eye coordination

Want to get started?

Find out more about how your apprenticeship is structured, how long it will take, and how much it will cost 

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