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Roofer

Roofers prepare and apply protective coverings to flat and sloped roof surfaces in accordance with construction plans and specifications.

  • Avg. Salary $68,576.00
  • Avg. Wage $32.60
  • Minimum Education Apprenticeship
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 3,500
  • In Demand High
Also Known As

Shingle Installer

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Roofers (7291.1) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Roofers and Shinglers (H141) 
  • 2011 NOC: Roofers and shinglers (7291) 
  • 2016 NOC: Roofers and shinglers (7291) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

89%
89%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Interest Codes
The Roofer is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Roofers
METHODICAL

Interest in copying information to apply waterproof coatings to concrete and other masonry surfaces above, and below, ground level

OBJECTIVE

Interest in operating hand and power tools to install and repair metal roofs

innovative

Interest in repairing roofing systems, and in installing, repairing and replacing shingles, shakes and other roofing tiles on sloped roofs

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Most flat roofs can be covered by a:

  • Conventional roof system (hot applied asphalt)
  • Elastomeric roof membrane system (rubber-like properties)
  • Thermo plastic roof membrane system
  • Modified bitumen roof membrane system (asphalt and plastic)

On the flat roofs of commercial and industrial buildings under construction, roofers:

  • Put a layer of vapour/air barrier or insulation on the roof deck
  • Spread hot bitumen (a tar-like substance) over and under layers of roofing felt (fabric soaked in bitumen) or apply single-ply membranes of waterproof rubber or thermoplastic compounds to make the surface watertight
  • Install metal or membrane flashing (strips) to protect the edges of roofing materials

Most sloped residential roofs are covered with shingles made of asphalt, fibreglass, tile, rubber, slate, wood shakes or metal. Roofers working on sloped roofs:

  • Apply membranes, fibreglass or felt over parts of the surface before applying shingles
  • Nail shingles in overlapping rows
  • Cement or nail flashing over the joints around vent pipes or chimneys
  • Cover exposed nailheads with cement to prevent rust and water leakage

Roofers also may:

  • Inspect problem roofs to determine the best procedures for repairing them
  • Estimate material requirements and quote costs
  • Repair older roofs
  • Waterproof roofs, basements, foundations, plaza decks or parkades
  • Install green (vegetated) roof components
  • Incorporate new future roofing technology, such as conventional and non-conventional solar roofing technology
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Roofers work outdoors on roofs of varying heights. When the weather is good and building activity is high, roofers may work a considerable amount of overtime. There is risk of injury from falls and from working with hazardous, hot materials.

Roofers may be required to lift items that weigh over 25 kilograms. The heat can be intense for those working with hot bitumen in the summer.

  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Roofers need:

  • To be sure-footed and able to work at heights
  • Strength and stamina
  • Interest in working outdoors
  • The ability to work as a team

They should enjoy physical exercise and working with their hands.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020

To work in Alberta, a roofer must be ONE of the following:

  • A registered apprentice
  • A certified journeyperson
  • Someone who holds a recognized related trade certificate
  • Someone who works for an employer who is satisfied that the worker has the skills and knowledge expected of certified journeyperson
  • Self-employed

To register with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training, apprentices must find a suitable employer who is willing to hire and train an apprentice. Most employers prefer to hire high school graduates.

The term of apprenticeship is 4 years (four 12-month periods) that include a minimum of:

  • 1,420 hours of on-the-job training and 6 weeks of technical training in each of the first 3 years
  • 1,600 hours of on-the-job training in the fourth year

High school students can earn credits toward apprenticeship training and a high school diploma at the same time through the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP).

Applicants who have related training or work experience may be eligible for admission, credit, or certification. Credits may reduce the period of apprenticeship.

Roofer apprentices may take the interprovincial exam in the final period of their apprenticeship training to earn a Red Seal (certification recognized in most parts of Canada).

Technical training is arranged by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. For more information, see the Apprenticeship Training Catalogue.


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Apprenticeship Trades

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Roofer

Roofers prepare and apply protective coverings to flat and sloped roof surfaces in accordance with construction plans and specifications. For more information, see the Trades and Occupations section of Alberta’s Tradesecrets website.

Legislation

Under Alberta’s Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act [pdf] and Roofer Trade Regulation [pdf], you do not have to be certified if you are self-employed or work for an employer who is satisfied that you have the skills and knowledge expected of a journeyperson certified by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. To learn the trade, you must become a registered apprentice.

What You Need

The term of apprenticeship in Alberta is 4 years (four 12-month periods) that include a minimum of:

  • 1,420 hours of on-the-job training and 6 weeks of technical training in each of the first 3 years
  • 1,600 hours of on-the-job training in the fourth yea

Apprentices must find suitable employers who are willing to hire and train apprentices, and successfully complete technical training examinations.

Working in Alberta

Roofers trained in other provinces and territories can work in Alberta if they hold a certificate or license recognized by the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board or have the skills and knowledge expected of a journeyperson certified in Alberta. For more information, see the Recognized Trade Certificates page of the Tradesecrets website.

Contact Details

Any of the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Service Offices located throughout Alberta. For a list of office locations and telephone numbers, click on “Contact Us” on the home page of the Tradesecrets website (tradesecrets.alberta.ca).

Additional Information

Certified tradespeople who want to build their business skills may obtain an Achievement in Business Competencies (Blue Seal) Certificate from Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Most roofers are employed by roofing contractors on construction or repair jobs. Some roofers are members of unions and work from union halls. With experience, there are opportunities for roofers in education and technical marketing, as well as inspection and supervisory roles. Roofers may also become self-employed.

This occupation is less sensitive to economic changes than some construction trades because there is steady demand for repair work even if construction is slow. Roof systems require replacement every 15 to 30 years depending on the system used.

Roofers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 7291: Roofers and shinglers. In Alberta, 98% of people employed in this classification work in the Construction [pdf] industry.

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • Trends and events affecting overall employment, especially in the Construction industry
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation

In Alberta, the H141: Roofers and Shinglers occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0.1% from 2016 to 2020. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 4 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Journeyperson roofers wage rates vary between $28 and $40 per hour, plus benefits (2019 estimates), depending on the location of the job and the type of roofing system being installed. Apprentices earn at least 65% of the journeyperson wage rate in the first year, 75% in the second, 85% in the third year, and 95% in the fourth.

Roofers and shinglers

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
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Hourly Wage
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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $18.00 $28.56 $21.87 $21.00
Overall $26.00 $43.94 $32.60 $33.50
Top $30.00 $50.69 $40.46 $41.00

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

C: Lower Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Lower Reliability, represents a CV of between 15.01% and 33.00% and/or if fewer than 20 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 33% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
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Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

89%
89%)

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

57%
57%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

39%
39%

Vacancy Rate

6%
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website: tradesecrets.alberta.ca

BuildForce Canada website: www.buildforce.ca

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Updated Mar 31, 2020. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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