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Roofers install, maintain, repair, and replace roofs using a variety of materials and methods. As part of their job, roofers will also inspect existing roofs for repair area, weatherproof, waterproof, and damp-proof roofing surfaces, foundation surfaces, floor slabs and bridge decks. They may also install various types of flashings, drain inserts and clamps.

You have good physical stamina.

You are comfortable working at heights.

Good problem-solving and math skills.


  • Read and interpret blueprints.
  • Install, maintain, repair and replace roofing systems.
  • They work with a variety of materials including shingles, slates, shakes, roofing tiles, sheet metal, etc.
  • Weatherproofing, waterproofing, and damp-proofing various surfaces.
  • Work in industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential environments.

Key Skills & Attributes

  • Reading and math.
  • Communication.
  • Planning and problem-solving.
  • Comfortable working at heights and confined spaces as well as in all types of weather.
  • Good coordination, manual dexterity and physical stamina.

Entering the Trade

  • Is there a training pathway for this trade?: Yes
  • Number of Levels: 3
  • Total Required Apprenticeship Hours: 5,400
  • Total Hours Required to Challenge Exam as a Trade Qualifier: 8,100

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Hourly Pay

$28 – $34/hr

*Based on 2023 collective agreement Journeyperson hourly rate

Projected Construction Worker Retirements

~6,500 by 2032*

*BuildForce Canada 10-Year Workforce Outlook for NB

Did You Know?

Roofing is physically demanding work and requires considerable effort in lifting, climbing, bending, kneeling and balancing on high, sloped and sometimes slippery surfaces.