North West News and Events

  • Awards Lunch Rescheduled to October 2nd 2020

    by | Mar 19, 2020

    In response to the rapidly changing impact of Coronavirus, and in anticipation of expected Government announcements in respect of large events; NFRC are postponing the Awards Lunch to Friday 2 October. The venue remains the same, and any tickets already purchased will remain valid for the new date.

    NFRC roofing awards postponed 2 Oct 

    Shortlisted Companies

    We will be announcing the shortlisted companies for each of the categories over the coming months. Keep an eye on social media and follow the hashtags #RA2020 and #RoofingAwards2020.

    Do you know a Local Hero?
    The Local Hero Award, which is sponsored by SIG Roofing, is your chance to nominate a roofer for the good things they do, either at work or in their own time. Nominate a Local Hero now!
    Recognise the hard work of your young roofers
    This year, the UK Roofing Awards again includes the Young Roofer of the Year category, sponsored by BMI. If you know a young roofer that shows passion and commitment to their chosen trade, then what better way to recognise their efforts, than nominating them for an Award at the industry’s annual celebration? We’ll be announcing how to nominate someone soon.
  • NFRC publishes the latest edition of the ‘Blue Book’

    by | Feb 04, 2020

    The Fifth Edition of Profiled sheet roofing and cladding – The NFRC guide to design and best practice, otherwise known as the ‘Blue Book’, has been updated with the latest technical information and industry guidance.

    The Blue Book provides readers with both an accessible and practical guide to the application, design and installation of profiled sheeting for roofs and wall cladding. Broken down into standard industry sub-categories, each section reviewed by industry experts, provides the most up-to-date advice that reflects existing standards and regulations.

    Aimed at designers, estimators and installers, this latest edition includes 52 detailed drawings plus working calculations and has been revised by the NFRC’s technical team, with the help of contributing members of the NFRC Sheeting & Cladding Technical Committee and other stakeholders.

    Bob Richardson, NFRC Head of Technical, said: “This comprehensive guide reflects the mission of the NFRC, which is to provide standards and guidance to our members that raises confidence among businesses and householders, and promotes roofing and cladding as a skilled sector within the wider construction industry. The result of the NFRC working with members of its Sheeting & Cladding and Health & Safety Technical Committees, and other experts, is a book that continues to be the standard reference point for the industry.”

    This edition is available as a fully interactive PDF, with links and bookmarks between sections for easier navigation, which means that it can be downloaded as a complete book.

    The new design and functionality would not have been possible without the support of EJOT UK, which as NFRC Industry Technical Partner has sponsored the Fifth Edition for the benefit of NFRC members and the wider industry.

    Robert Hardstaff, EJOT UK Managing Director said: “EJOT UK shares the NFRC’s philosophy of quality and excellence within the construction industry. We are therefore delighted that as NFRC Industry Technical Partner, our sponsorship will help to support this industry-wide platform for best practice.”


  • The NFRC launches new strategy

    by | Jan 09, 2020

    The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) has published its new strategy and policy document The Way Ahead, which has been developed alongside a review of its existing membership benefits and follows a period of change as the Federation seeks to become the voice of the sector.

    The UK’s largest trade federation continues its focus on providing value to its members and ensuring that benefits and services are relevant. However, it also recognises that playing a more active role in engaging with clients and the wider industry, will not only help to raise the profile of roofing, but help to promote the excellence of its members.

    The strategy has the following eight key focus areas:

    1. Policy & Advocacy. Developing macro-policies, such as transparent and fair payment, which affect roofing and the wider construction industry.
    2. Health, Safety and Environment. Working with partners to create safety guidance, support mental health awareness and play greater part in reducing the environmental impact of roofing.
    3. Standards. Create best-practice installation guidance that meet the needs of an ever-changing market and improve competency in roofing through CompetentRoofer and RoofCERT schemes, as well as continuing its tri-annual inspection of members.
    4. Membership Retention. The establishment of a commercial subsidiary to invest in technical and membership resources, promote the NFRC and engage in external activities, so that membership subscriptions remain affordable.
    5. Social Responsibility. Assisting members that have fallen on hard times and encouraging people from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter the industry will be the focus of the NFRC’s educational and charity fund.
    6. Careers. Promote roofing as a career to new talent through RoofCERT, the UK’s only accreditation scheme for individual roofers.
    7. Innovation. Be at the forefront of innovation, with a focus how it can improve health, safety, efficiency and quality.
    8. International links. Play an active role in the IFD and develop collaborative agreements with individual national associations that provide opportunities for members to offer products and services abroad.
    Download The Way Ahead
  • General Election 2019 Statement

    by | Dec 13, 2019

    The National Federation of Roofing Contractors, the UK’s largest roofing trade body, congratulates the new government and looks forward to it fulfilling its commitment to investing in construction, which has been neglected for too long. We hope that a majority government will help to put an end to the political uncertainty that has stalled investment decisions, and it is now essential that the UK puts construction at the forefront of any new trade deals, in order to encourage the much-needed finance of new projects. 

    With increasing public scrutiny of the quality and safety of buildings, now is the time for government to also back the industry’s drive to improve competency, which includes the development of the RoofCERT accreditation scheme, by stipulating that only qualified specialist installers are used on all government and public construction projects. 

    We also urge that it ends cash retentions by 2023, following the Construction Leadership Council’s endorsement of the industry’s Zero Retentions Roadmap, which will be critical to creating a more sustainable business model for the whole construction supply chain.

    The NFRC’s commitment to improving standards and pay conditions within the roofing industry are among the key issues contained within eight key focus areas of its new strategy and policy document ‘The Way Ahead’, with others including innovation, sustainability and attracting new talent.
  • Young people flock to first ever NFRC Roofing Hub

    by | Dec 03, 2019


    School children attending the SkillBuild final get involved in a range of activities at the NFRC Roofing Hub, designed to attract the next generation of roofers.

    The first ever NFRC Roofing Hub at the SkillBuild finals, which took place at the Birmingham NEC on 21-23 November, attracted 300 young people who took part in took part activities, ranging from ‘have-a-go’ challenges, through to virtual reality tours and clay carving. 

    Developed by the NFRC and partners as a culmination of its roofing roadshow at colleges, which coincided with the SkillBuild regional heats, the Roofing Hub was partly as a response to the lack roofing information at last year’s Construction Hub.

    With the support of BMI, CUPA PIZARRAS, Hambleside Danelaw, Marley, SPV Group and Wienerberger, who supplied materials and attended the Roofing Hub throughout the event, the NFRC therefore decided to take up the reigns to promote roofing. 

    Simon Dixon, NFRC’s Training Officer, said: “We took the line that if no one else will shout about it, then we will have to and so working with our partners in industry we created a space where young people could learn about roofing and get involved in practical challenges.”

    And that is exactly what the young visitors did, taking part in five practical roofing tasks, including fixing slates and tiles to training rigs. Pupils also got the chance to do clay carving as well as go on a virtual reality tour of a building site. Visitors also had the opportunity to enter a prize draw for Amazon vouchers and an Echo Dock.

    Analytics from the National Finals tells us that the largest percentage of visitors are 14-15-year olds, which is the perfect age to promote roofing as a lifelong career. That was clearly the case at the NFRC Roofing Hub, where the majority of visitors were 14 years old, with a great mix of both boys and girls asking about careers in construction.

    A total of 300 students from 100 schools visited the NFRC Roofing Hub, with teachers and Roof Training Groups enquiring about using the specially created ‘Career in Roofing’ flyer at their schools and training centres.

     Bob Richardson, NFRC Head of Technical, said:

    “The fact that 82% of young visitors completed all five tasks is testament to how well-engaged they were with the NFRC Roofing Hub and goes to show that there is a real appetite young people for getting involved in practical careers like roofing. The event also showed the passion and commitment that the NFRC and its partners have for attracting the next generation of talent.”

     Stuart Black, Sales Manager at CUPA PIZARRAS said:

    “It was an absolute pleasure for CUPA PIZARRAS support the NFRC Roof Hub and Skillbuild. The three days really gave me a great feeling for the future of UK Industry and especially the future of the Roofing sector. I was massively impressed by the attendees both from the wider roofing industry and the visiting children, who showed real interest and excitement in roofing as a career.”

     Kate Whatley, Commercial Director at SPV Group, said 

    “It was a fantastic event and the NFRC and its partners should be incredibly proud. It brought the industry together fantastically and I am confident we inspired a lot of new possible entrants to the industry.”

  • Langley launches first Roofing Trailblazer course

    by | Dec 03, 2019


    On Thursday 20 November, Langley Waterproofing, which was awarded CITB Approved Training Organisation (ATO) status in September, launched the Waterproof Membrane Installer course at the Technical Engineering and Construction Centre (TECC) in Leyton.

    Over 18-24 months, apprentices will learn how to interpret drawings, measure and calculate materials and how to install vapour control layers for RBM, Liquid and Single Ply roofing systems.

    The NFRC has supported the development of this new training standard for apprentices entering the flat roofing industry, and fully supports the commitment shown by Langley. Apprentices that complete the Waterproof Membrane Installer course will leave college with a more rounded knowledge which will benefit those employers who have invested in apprenticeships.

  • J Wright Roofing supports local students to become roofers

    by | Nov 15, 2019

    Jason Wright, owner of J Wright Roofing Ltd based in Nottingham has been working with The Bulwell Academy since 2008 to encourage students to take up a career in roofing.

    The process begins with Jason giving an initial presentation to Year 9 students about a career in constructions, including the benefits and earning potential. Jason currently has an ex-pupil working as an apprentice to provide additional inspiration at presentations.


    J Wright Roofing Ltd then attends the school 2.5 days per week to help to deliver the construction course for year 10 and 11 students, providing all the materials. The school governors funded the outside building area with a canopy, allowing students to work outside on rigs with pitched roofs.


    The BTEC Diploma covers brickwork, joinery and roofing. It also encourages the young people to use their mathematical and English skills. By the end of Year 11, J Wright Roofing Ltd selects four candidates to undertake an apprenticeship with the company.

    In the 11 years of working with the school, the company had 44 apprentices, with a success rate of over 96%. Jason is currently working with CITB to have the model replicated across the country.

  • The Midlands Region raises funds for St Richard's Hospice

    by | Nov 15, 2019


    Regional Manager Melvyn Evans and previous Regional Chairman Melvyn Rowberry presented a cheque to St Richard's Hospice, with the funds raised from the Chairman's auction at the AGM held at Wolverhampton Racecourse. The successful bidder, current Chairman Jason Wright was also in attendance at the cheque presentation.

  • Get business advice at the North West's largest expo

    by | Nov 15, 2019

    The North West Expo is one of the largest SME Business Events within the region and attracts each year on average 130 exhibitors and over 1,500 visitors.

    Packed full of business advice and insights for entrepreneurs, start-ups and SME’s the North West Expo is all about bringing companies and communities together to learn and grow their business.

    Register for free
  • New Headline Sponsor: Radmat Building Products

    by | Oct 17, 2019

     Radmat Building Products

    Radmat Building Products are delighted to become Headline Sponsors of the Roofing Awards, an event that provides our industry with the opportunity to recognise best practice and excellence in all forms of roofing.

    Since the Grenfell Tragedy and subsequent Hackitt report most sectors of the roofing market have and will be impacted by a number of factors, the changes in Building Regulations, far greater scrutiny by building control officers of proposed systems and the demand of insurers and clients to demonstrate compliance for each system through documentation and testing.  Never before has our industry for both suppliers and installers seen a faster changing market. 

    Radmat Building Products welcome this long overdue review and reform. Increasing standards and awareness of the performance of materials herald a new chapter in the industry and the reverberations will be felt for many years to come and those companies not looking to innovate and adapt will struggle to compete.

    The Roofing Awards provide us with the opportunity to celebrate and welcome innovation, and never has the flat roof been asked to work so hard or meet so many design challenges.  Not only do all roofing systems have to meet the minimum legal requirements of the Building Regulations they are required to do so whilst providing ever greater thermal efficiency without impacting on other construction elements such as door thresholds and upstand heights.

    The past decade has also seen increasing demand for all types of roofs to be used in the fight against our reliance on traditional forms of energy generation by utilizing the vast unencumbered space on the rooftops of the UK and either retrofit or incorporate into new developments photovoltaic panels. And with the cost reducing and performance increasing these will become commonplace on all schemes in the future.

    During this time the London Plan has helped drive the increased share of green roofs, either for environmental, aesthetic or amenity benefit.  Today over 40% of all UK green roofs are installed in London, with the City of London having 5.82m2 of green roof per person.  With the establishment of new Mayor Offices around the UK, all of which are looking at the achievements of the London Plan, we can expect increased demand for Green Roof’s across the length and breadth of the UK in the years to come.

    The latest need is for roofing systems to help manage the issues that climate change, increasing populations and hard landscaping have on rainwater management and subsequent flood risk.  Correctly designed and installed Blue Roof’s provide a sustainable drainage solution that significantly contributes to the management of rainwater, particularly in cities where land is at a premium.

    Radmat Building Products are at the forefront of all of these innovations in roofing, and during 2020 and beyond will be supplying many of these roofing systems on projects for household names such as Amazon, Facebook and Google.

    Radmat Building Products brands include:

    • ProTherm Quantum; the world’s thinnest certified inverted roof insulation
    • MedO; biodiverse, sedum and inverted roof solutions
    • Geocell; rooftop rainwater attenuation system
    • PermaQuik; hot melt monolithic waterproofing
    • EshaFlex; Reinforced Bitumen Membranes
    • ParaFlex FD; cold applied liquid waterproofing
    • EshaPlan; PVC single ply membrane

  • Get Brexit Ready with Greater Manchester Chamber

    by | Oct 15, 2019

    With less than a month remaining until the deadline for Brexit, companies in the North West should prepare for the possibility of a no-deal exit from the EU.

    Businesses who export or import goods or services need to understand the likely changes to how they trade following Brexit. ​The dedicated International Trade team at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce understands the issues and will help guide businesses through the changes to exporting and importing that Brexit will bring.

    With funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Chamber's new digital hub provides information for importers and exporters across the North West.

    Using the site you can:

    • Some businesses have taken steps to prepare for a no-deal Brexit, but recent research indicates that 41% of respondents to our International Trade Survey have yet to carry out a Brexit Risk Assessment.
    • A no-deal is very likely to lead to more paperwork and costs for businesses. UK companies that send goods to EU customers or receive goods from EU suppliers will have to start doing customs declarations and EU importers may be required to pay import duty and taxes for UK products if trade takes place under WTO terms.

    For more information on Brexit, please visit, book on ​to its next free Brexit Event on the 25th October, and get in touch with our International Trade team via or 0161 393 4850/55/68 for advice and support.

  • Stockport & Tameside Construction Club

    by | Oct 08, 2019

    This event has been developed and will be led by private sector companies with support from Greater Manchester Chamber, Stockport and Tameside Councils to help businesses in the region benefit from construction opportunities in their area.

    By working with the public sector, the aim is to help businesses in all areas understand what opportunities are available and how the tendering process works. Each event will focus on the development and construction opportunities in both Boroughs and will feature presentations on specific projects.


    • Date: 12/11/2019
    • Time: 08:00 - 10:00
    • Borough: Tameside
    • Register: (0161 393 4343)
    • Registration deadline: 11/11/2019


    • Non-members: £30.00 exl. VAT
    • Members: £15.00 exl. VAT
  • Come to Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Property Breakfast

    by | Oct 08, 2019

    The next Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Property breakfast on 7 November is your chance is to gain an insight into commercial property investment market in the North West, with views from a panel of active investors. This event will also take place days after a potential Brexit so will include a piece from Greater Manchester Chamber around the economic impact of what has or hasn’t happened on 31 October.

    The morning seminar will be chaired by award-winning journalist Chris Maguire, founder of iMeg Partnership and the Executive Editor of BusinessCloud. Chris has hosted more than 400 events during his career and has a special interest in all things property. A former editor of North West Business Insider, he has a reputation for his painstaking level of preparation and sense of humour.

    Confirmed panellists include:

    • Tom McWilliams, Property Alliance Group
    • Karen Hirst, Maple Grove Developments
    • Kenny Orpin, CBRE
    • Dan Crossley, Avison Young


    • Date: 7/11/2019
    • Time: 08:00-10:30
    • Location: Elliot Suite, Greater Manchester Chamber, Elliot House, 151 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WD
    • Register: (0161 393 4340)
  • UK Roofing Director Elected as President of International Roofing Federation

    by | Oct 07, 2019
    Graeme Miller has been elected as the President of the International Federation of Roofing Trades (IFD).
    Elected unanimously by the IFD board, Graeme Millar will now take over the three-year term presidency from Walter Bisig. He is only the third British presidency holder in the organisation’s history.
    Graeme Millar has previously served as the IFD board member responsible for technical – heading up five separate commissions of metal roofing, pitched roofing, flat roofing, facades and health, safety and wellbeing.
    Taking over the presidency at the 67th World Roofing Congress in Edinburgh, hosted by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) last week, Graeme commented:
    “I’m very pleased and honoured to become the IFD President and look forward to helping make the world a better place for roofers.
    “I want to increase networking with the UK to help improve roofing and, through the NFRC, promote best practice as well as the percentage of people who possess a qualification.
    James Talman, CEO of the NFRC said, “The NFRC is proud and delighted that Graeme Millar has been appointed President of the IFD, particularly at this time when the world is faced with the major problem of climate change. As a group of nations, we all need to consider the contribution our roofing industry can provide to tackling the impact of this very serious challenge to our future.”
  • Second training provider gains NFRC Centre of Excellence status

    by | Aug 13, 2019

    NFRC’s prestigious training award presented to Centre of Roofing Excellence Hereford (CORE Hereford) at a special ceremony on 15 July

    The NFRC’s Centre of Excellence (COE) scheme, which was launched in February 2019, recognises training providers and colleges that are committed to excellence in the delivery of roofing-specific courses.

    CORE Hereford now joins Leeds College of Building as the UK’s only COE training provider, an accolade that can only be achieved after passing a rigorous audit process undertaken by the NFRC Technical Department. The COE audit reviews both the training facility as well as the qualifications and competency of the instructors to provide trainees with the highest quality of training possible.

    The training centre, which is based in the heart of Hereford, was founded by Andy Rowlands, who can boast over four decades of experience in roofing and a string of accolades to his name.  Rowlands Roofing won the Roof of the Year Award at the UK Roofing Awards 2017 and the Heritage Roofing category last year. He also won the Pitched Roofing Award.

    Andy Rowlands, who in his own right is a Roof Master for heritage and conservation work, has also shown years of passionate commitment to improving skills among the existing workforce and training the next generation of roofers, delivering NVQ 2 Slating and Tiling, SAP Heritage Roofing and leadwork.

    CORE Hereford will also play a key role in helping roofing installers to become RoofCERT accredited by delivering the required mandatory short duration courses and assessing their skills.

    Andy Rowlands said:

    “I believe that the Centre of Excellence scheme is critical in helping to ensure the quality of roofing-specific training is consistent. On behalf of Hereford CORE, I am therefore honoured to receive Centre of Excellence status in recognition of our dedication to raising standards.

    “Hereford CORE is committed to providing roofers throughout the region with the necessary skills to consistently deliver excellent outcomes for customers and in doing so, to build their careers and businesses.” 

    Bob Richardson, NFRC Head of Technical, said:

    “The NFRC is delighted to be awarding Hereford CORE Centre of Excellence status. Under the leadership of Andy, who is a passionate advocate of roofing excellence, I am confident it will provide a level of training that will raise the bar further within this region and further afield.

    “The Centre of Excellence scheme is about recognising those who consistently provide training that gives installers the skills to deliver the best roofs for their customers. We also hope that this recognition will help to improve quality and provision of training for roofers, wherever they are based in the UK.”

  • Reverse Charge VAT: What you need to do

    by Casey Davoren | Jul 29, 2019

    Dear Member,

    From 1 October 2019, reverse charge VAT rules will come into effect. This new tax regime will mean that a customer receiving services will have to pay any VAT due directly to HMRC instead of paying it through the supplier’s invoice. Under the current system, the supplier would pay the VAT to the HMRC at a later date.

    • It will apply to you if you work for a Main Contractor or anyone that sells on your work as part of the larger contract for construction services
    • It will also apply to you if you pay VAT-registered subcontractors, who will have to ‘reverse charge’ you, rather than you paying them VAT

    The switch over date is 1 October 2019. Invoices dated up till 30 September 2019 will request VAT and can be paid with VAT. Invoices dated on 1 October 2019 and after will not show VAT in the amount payable columns.

    Liz Bridge, Secretary to the Joint Taxation Committee has produced detailed advice and guidance, including a letter template that you can send to sub-ccontractors.

     You can also find out about reverse charge VAT and what you need to do next, in this short video:

    Further government guidance can be found here:

  • Construction Opportunities in Turkey - Webinar | July 2019

    by Casey Davoren | Jun 20, 2019


    Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the British Chamber of Commerce in Turkey, is organising a “Construction Opportunities in Turkey" webinar on 2nd July 2019.

    What construction opportunities are there in Turkey?

    • Over the last decade, the construction sector has transformed the skyline of Istanbul and other cities, renewed and extended Turkey’s transport infrastructure, and built new communities and facilities from the Aegean to the Caucasus. Construction employs tens of thousands directly and has also established a range of related industries— such as construction machinery, building materials, engineering and architecture.

    What will I gain from attending the webinar?

    • The British Chamber of Commerce in Turkey can give an overview of the sector in Turkey and the potential opportunities for British firms and companies in the construction sector. Companies who attend the webinar will be able to connect with the Britsh Chamber in Turkey directly, and as a result any business opportunities that are flagged up in the course of the webinar. The webinar wil also be a great opportunity to gain some general knowledge of the sector and routes to market.

    How do I register? 

    • Register your interest in attending the event via this eventbrite page. A member of the team will then be in touch to confirm your attendance and provide any aditonal details. The link to the webinar will be emailed before the day of the webinar.

    For further information, please click here. 

  • Business Impact of Cyber Risks and Threats

    by Casey Davoren | Jun 19, 2019

    In 2018, 67% of businesses had experienced some form of cybersecurity attack, and 58% were hit by a data breach.

    The risks facing businesses in 2019 are only set to rise, with more attacks of increasing efficiency.  Leaders of businesses, large and small, must appreciate this very real threat to their organisation. 

    The first line of defence is knowledge, which is why the Chamber is hosting a free event to help the business community understand the real-world threats they face.

    Topics they will cover:

    • The cyber threats you will face in 2019.

    • The consequences of a breach and how they have affected businesses.

    • How to identify the key threat areas in your business?

    • How do you protect yourselves considering these threats?

    • What solutions can be put in place to reduce your risk?

    Technology Patron, IT Lab, will be guest speakers at the event, sharing their knowledge and experience of helping businesses stay safe and mitigate this modern-day threat. 

    Date: 25/06/2019
    Time: 10am - 2pm
    Borough: Manchester
    Contact Name: Lewis Crowe
    Contact Email:
    Contact Telephone: 0161 3934343
    For further information on how to attend, Please go to the GM Chamber website

  • Latest Tendering Opportunities

    by Laura | Apr 11, 2019

    Latest tendering opportunities

    • Bolton Council: Town centre refurbishment programmes and commercial development opportunities
    • Bury Council: £2m school roofing project (Five schools)
    • Bury Council: £100,000 Roofing maintenance and repair package
    • Lancaster City Council: Re-roofing package
    • Liverpool Council: Roofing packages (schools)
    • Wigan Council: Commercial, Industrial and Residential projects

    For further details, please open the link below:

  • RoofCERT reveals tests for slating and tiling

    by | Feb 12, 2019

    The RoofCERT programme to develop roofing’s accreditation standard, has unveiled the Technical Competency Test for slating and tiling, the first of nine roofing disciplines that will be accredited under the national scheme.

    Members of RoofCERT’s Accreditation and Standards Activity Group, which is made up of the NFRC, 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 entire range of tasks involved in slating and tiling, such as batten gauges for natural slate and fire-stops. SPRA, LRWA, MAC and FTRMC are leading on the development of Technical Competency Tests for liquid roofing, single ply, mastic asphalting, lead and hard metals, whilst the NFRC will continue to develop the content for roof sheeting & cladding and RBM.

    Following a pilot period over the coming months, the online Technical Competency Test will be carried out at test centres across the UK and will become the lynchpin of the RoofCERT National Roofing Accreditation. It will be open to roofing installers in all disciplines with or without vocational qualifications. Installers with National or Scottish Vocational Qualification wishing to become Accredited Roofers, must have at least three years’ practical experience in the discipline they want to be accredited for and also have passed their CITB HS&E test. Installers that do not hold vocational qualifications but have five years practical experience can submit evidence of their skills and experience and have one-to-one interviews with dedicated Skills Evaluators. 

    In addition to passing the Technical Competency Test, installers are also expected to complete or have completed short duration mandatory courses on working at height, asbestos awareness, abrasive wheels, manual handling, fire safety, emergency first aid and non-technical. These courses currently exist and are already available through training colleges and providers. Roofing-specific courses are also being developed by the NFRC in partnership external providers.

    The accreditation process has been developed with flexibility in mind so that individuals can complete it at their own pace. It is therefore expected that the entire process can take around 30 hours to complete over a maximum of nine months, depending on their experience and qualifications. Accreditation lasts for three years, at which point it will need to be renewed with key development (CPD) introduced. There is CITB funding to accredit 5,000 roofers between now and 2021, when the scheme will become self-funding.

    Richard Miller NFRC’s Head of Qualification and Standards, said:

    “The development of the Technical Competency Test for Slating & Tiling is a significant milestone in the delivery of the RoofCERT accreditation scheme, which could be a game-changer for our industry. Working with our partners, we have developed a robust test that demonstrates the technical ability according to the latest standards and best practice for all those that pass it.”

    “The Technical Competency Test is a crucial component of the RoofCERT National Roofing Accreditation scheme, which will provide individual roofers with visible proof of their roofing skills so that they stand out from those rogue traders that give us a bad name.”

    A new website is currently in development, which will enable installers to register on to the RoofCERT National Roofing Accreditation scheme and upload their supporting evidence such as NVQ Level 2 training certificates and evidence of roofing work. The website will be launched in the spring of 2019.

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