Facebook tracking pixel

Built-up felt roofing apprenticeship course

Duration: 2 years
Structure: 23 weeks training, may vary in Scotland, plus on-the-job experience
Location: NCC Birmingham and Scotland and your workplace
: See How to apply below
Funding: See Funding below

This apprenticeship course is for people who want to gain an academic qualification in built-up felt roofing, while gaining professional experience.

You'll learn how to work with bitumen, roofing felts, surfacing and insulation materials.

The training will cover all the practical and theoretical knowledge you need to achieve the Built-up Felt Roofing framework and excel in this specialist trade.

Course content

The course includes practical training in:

  • Carrying out safe working practices in construction 
  • Information, quantities and communicating with others
  • Building methods and construction technology
  • Applying built-up bituminous roofing
  • Preparing decking for built-up bituminous roofing
  • Repairing and maintaining built-up bituminous roofing
  • Preparing background surfaces
  • Preparing materials and components
  • Storing resources ready for use
  • Providing setting out for applied waterproof membranes
  • Repairing surface defects
  • Applying materials to the structural fabric
  • Roll and pour techniques
  • Torch-on techniques
  • Establishing the suitability of the work area and access equipment
  • Contributing to efficient working practices
  • Abrasive wheels.

You’ll also gain competence in:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Communication
  • Employment responsibilities and rights
  • Health and safety
  • Drug and alcohol awareness
  • Safe use of ladders
  • Manual handling.

Teaching and assessment

Year 1:

  • Nine weeks in training blocks throughout the year (although training blocks may vary in Scotland).

Year 2:

  • Nine weeks in training blocks throughout the year (training blocks may vary in Scotland).

You'll learn through a mix of classroom-based theory and practical training.You’ll spend periods between college training on site with your employer, developing work-based skills and knowledge.

Assessment will take place via:

  • Written and practical assessments (mapped to Diploma and NVQ Diploma competence levels)
  • A site visit to assess you for the NVQ level 2 in Built-up Felt Roofing
  • A synoptic practical challenge
  • An assessment
  • On-line multiple-choice assessment test.

Qualifications you gain

  • Level 2 NVQ Construction Diploma in Built-up Felt Roofing
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Applied Waterproof Membranes (Built-up Felt Roofing)
  • Level 1 Functional Skills
  • Employment Responsibilities and Rights
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.You may also gain value-added qualifications in first aid and health and safety, along with other industry-specific subjects.

Entry requirements


No formal requirements, but it’s useful to have GCSE grades A*-C in English, maths and technology.


  • Good communication skills
  • Physical fitness
  • A head for heights
  • Technical competence.


You will be paid while you learn.


The following CITB grants are available for employers to fund their apprentices on this course:

If you applied for your apprenticeship through the Education and Skills Funding Agency, only applicants aged between 16 and 18 who have not been placed on a training scheme before are guaranteed full funding.

How to apply

Call 0300 456 5037 or email customer.engagement@citb.co.uk for course dates and how to apply. 

After this course

You can be assessed for higher NVQs at the National Construction College. We provide details to all trainees.