Accreditation scheme developed for roofers

The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) has developed the RoofCERT accreditation programme to give roofers of badge of competency and professionalism.

The first of nine roofing disciplines that will be accredited under the national scheme is the technical competency test for slating and tiling. Others will follow on.

The idea is that the scheme will help combat the cowboys, chancers and rogue traders operating in the roofing trade.

RoofCERT’s accreditation and standards activity group – which is made up of the NFRC, the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), contractors, suppliers, and training providers – have spent the past few months devising a bank of questions that best demonstrate the technical ability of slaters and tilers.

The 40-minute multiple-choice test consists of 35 questions, which are based on the BS 5534 code of practice and cover the tasks involved in slating and tiling, such as batten gauges for natural slate and fire-stops.

In addition to passing the technical competency test, installers are also expected to complete short courses on working at height, asbestos awareness, abrasive wheels, manual handling, fire safety and emergency first aid.

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There is a new qualification for roofing contractors who want to demonstrate their competence.