Roofers play a key role in New Zealand’s construction industry, making sure our buildings are well protected from the elements. If you have a head for heights and enjoy working as part of a skilled team, a career in roofing may be just for you.
You’ll start your roofing career as an apprentice. If you knuckle down and work hard through your training, it won’t be long before you’re a qualified roofer who can work unsupervised. You can then move onto higher roles, such as a supervisor – or even start your own roofing business!
Roofing is a constantly evolving industry, presenting new challenges and opportunities for you to grow a fulfilling career.
Roofers repair or install roofs using materials such as roofing iron, tiles, and shingles. You'll be working with other tradies, such as electricians and plumbers – 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 may be working on a major construction project, and the next on a smaller job on a residential property.
On any given day, you could be:
A roofing apprenticeship usually takes two years to complete. Once you finish, you’ll gain your New Zealand Certificate in Roofing (Installation) (Level 4). This qualification allows you to work independently as a roofer anywhere in New Zealand.
If you want to expand your career options for the future, the next step is to become a Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP), which legally allows you to do a wider range of work. In fact, it’s necessary to apply to be an LBP in some circumstances – for example, if it’s a requirement of the particular roofing sector you work in.
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.
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:
As an apprentice, you’ll be working, learning, and earning money at the same time. You’ll work closely with experienced people at your company to learn everything you need to become a qualified roofer.
During your 2-year apprenticeship, you'll learn the skills you need to become a roofer in two ways:
A supervisor at your company will work with you throughout the apprenticeship to check you are working correctly and safely.
The nationwide construction boom means there is a high demand for skilled roofers.
Tradies are busy people! Your employer will appreciate having another tradie on board to help out with their list of jobs.
A fresh pair of eyes can really help any business. Your unique attitudes and skills will help expand your employer’s ways of thinking and working.
As your employer trains you up, they’ll stay on top of the latest standards, keeping their business up-to-date with a changing industry.
You’re part of the “next generation” of tradies, making sure New Zealand continues to have a highly skilled trades workforce, well into the future.
Like any job, there are some basic skills that are very handy to have before you start as a roofer. These include:
Showing you already have these skills can make a good first impression on potential employers and help you get the job.
But don’t worry if you haven’t mastered all of these yet – most employers will be happy to train you up on any gaps you have.
Your CV is probably the most important document in your search for an employer and a job. Make sure you write a CV that showcases your best skills and grabs the employer’s attention. Here are some tips for a winning CV:
Right, you’ve got your CV sorted – now it’s time to find an employer who will offer you a job.
If you think about it, there are heaps of places you can look. Here are some suggestions:
If an employer has said they’re interested in talking to you – well done! Now’s your real chance to impress.
Remember that even the most casual, laid-back trades company is still a business. That means you have to act professional and make a strong first impression if you want the job.
If you have limited experience talking to business owners and managers, here are some quick tips to impress them: