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Roof slating and tiling apprenticeship course

Duration: 2 years
Structure: 20 weeks training plus on-the-job experience 
Location: NCC Birmingham and Essex 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 roof slating and tiling, while gaining professional experience.

You’ll learn how to use plain and interlocking tiles, natural slates and other materials to cover valleys, hips and general areas.

You’ll also learn the practical techniques and theoretical knowledge you need to achieve the roof slating and tiling framework.

Course content

The course includes practical training in the following:

  • Safe use of ladders
  • Manual handling
  • Carrying out safe working practices in construction
  • Information, quantities and communicating with others
  • Building methods and construction technology
  • Installing single-lap roof coverings to a variable gauge
  • Installing plain tile roof coverings
  • Installing regular-sized natural roof slates to standard details
  • Stripping and reclaiming pitched roof coverings
  • Installing roofing backgrounds and components
  • Installing pre-formed weathering flashings to roofs.

You’ll also gain competence in:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Communication
  • Employment responsibilities and rights
  • Health and safety
  • Drug and alcohol awareness.

Teaching and assessment

Two years (total training: 20 weeks at college over the two year period).

You’ll spend periods between college training on site with your employer, developing work-based skills and knowledge.

A combination of classroom-based theory and workshop-based practicals, individual tutorials and progress reviews. Assessment will take place via:

  • Written and practical assessments (mapped to Diploma and NVQ Diploma competence levels)
  • A site visit
  • A synoptic practical challenge
  • An assessment
  • On-line multiple-choice assessment test.  


Qualifications you gain

  • Level 2 NVQ Construction Diploma in Roof Slating and Tiling
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Roofing Operations
  • 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 numeracy skills are important as the job involves calculating areas and quantities of materials
  • You’ll need an aptitude for reading and interpreting plans, instructions and drawings.


  • Hands-on
  • Physical fitness
  • A head for heights
  • Enjoy working outdoors in all weathers.


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.