To work as a roofer, you typically need to:
- complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.
Education after high school
Roofer jobs tend to be entry-level jobs that require little or no previous work experience. However, many employers prefer that you have a high school diploma or equivalent.
Many roofers receive informal, on-the-job training from an experienced worker. During training, you begin as a helper and load and carry equipment. As you gain more skills, you learn to measure, cut, and install roofing materials. Training may last up to one year.
It may be easier to learn skills if you've worked as a construction helper first.
Some branches of the military train people to be construction specialists. Training lasts five to eight weeks, depending on your specialty. Further training occurs on the job.
If you receive this type of training in the military, you may earn credit for previous work experience when you enter a civilian apprenticeship program.