Roofing Apprenticeships

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Want to know more about how apprenticeships work?

On this page we’ll be looking at the structure of your apprenticeship and how much it will cost you.

It’s quicker than you think to become fully qualified

Your apprenticeship will take approximately three years to complete. Regularly working through your study and attending the block courses will help you finish on time.

Learning on the job

There are three main components to your training as an apprentice:

On-job learning

This is the practical learning side of your apprenticeship where you will do different roofing tasks at work. A supervisor will teach you how to do things and make sure you learn how to do them correctly. You’ll submit on-job assessment booklets and evidence (e.g. photos and drawing plans) that prove you can do these tasks.

Block courses

This is the classroom learning aspect of the apprenticeship. You’ll attend some four-day classes at a training provider and learn the theory behind what you’re learning on the job.

Online learning

Online learning consists of live interactive webinars where industry experts cover the theory that supports your practical learning. You’ll also be able to access online forums to ask any questions you may have.


There are five different types of roofing that you can learn. You can choose to do one type and specialise in that type alone, or you can choose to learn other types after your apprenticeship is finished.

The different types of roofing you can choose from are:

  • Concrete or Clay Tile Roof
  • Profiled Metal Roof and Wall Cladding
  • Metal Tile Roof
  • Roof Membrane Systems
  • Shingle or Slate Roof

What does it cost?

One of the best things about being an apprentice is that you’re earning while you’re learning. That means you don’t need to fork out for large student loans or work multiple jobs.

Even more good news: Since the New Zealand government is right behind getting people into trades, they help subsidise your training.

This apprenticeship doesn’t have a fixed cost because it’s based around competency. You’ll pay a weekly amount until you complete your apprenticeship.

The current price is as follows:
All roofing strands: $42.00 per week (includes GST)

This fee will now be covered by the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) and will be paid by TEC until 31 December 2022. For more information on TTAF, click here.

Please note: Skills makes every effort to ensure that the information provided on this website is accurate and up-to-date. However, the information given, including fees information and the availability and structure of courses, are regularly reviewed and no warranty or representation is given about the ongoing accuracy of such information. All fees may change without notice. Skills does not accept liability for any losses or damage that happen directly or indirectly from you relying on the information on this website.

Height safety contracted providers

As a part of your training you may be required to do a recognised height safety course. Skills has a number of contracted providers, who can assist you with this height safety training.