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How Do I Become a Roofing Contractor?

The road to becoming a roofing contractor varies from state to state, but typically you'll need a certain amount of on-the-job experience or to undergo an apprenticeship.
A roofing contractor is responsible for repairing and replacing roofs on homes and commercial buildings.
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  • Written By: N. Madison
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  • Last Modified Date: 20 August 2014
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The required path for becoming a roofing contractor may vary somewhat from place to place. Many jurisdictions, however, share some basic requirements for training and licensing. In most places, you will have to seek training to become a roofing contractor and then obtain licensing in the jurisdiction. Usually, the licensing process involves completing an application and paying a fee before taking the jurisdiction-approved contractor exam. If you pass your exam and meet the other eligibility requirements, you will be granted a license to work as a roofing contractor.

The first step in becoming a roofing contractor is typically checking the laws in your jurisdiction. These laws usually govern the amount of training you need to secure a license as well as how you can secure the required contractor licensing. You may obtain this information by contacting your jurisdiction’s department of licensing and inspections or a similar agency. You may also find the information you need on your jurisdiction’s official website.

In most cases, you will need to seek training to become a roofing contractor. Most jurisdictions require aspiring roofing contractors to gain hands-on experience in this field. You can likely secure this training by working with a licensed roofer as a trainee. In some jurisdictions, you may need lengthy experience to prepare for licensing. In such a case, you may continue working with a licensed roofer after the training is over to secure the level of experience you will need to set out on your own.

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During your training to become a roofing contractor, it is important to learn more than the technical aspects of repairing and replacing roofs. Once you become a roofing contractor, you will essentially have your own business, so paying attention to the business and financial aspects of roofing will likely prove helpful. Additionally, you may do well to hone your communication skills, as you will eventually have to communicate well with clients, suppliers, and people you hire.

Once you have reached the level of training that is required for becoming a roofing contractor in your jurisdiction, you will typically have to submit a completed application and required fee to the appropriate licensing agency. In many cases, you will also have to follow the jurisdiction’s requirements for proving your training and experience. You may also have to submit to a background and criminal record check. Finally, you will likely have to pass an exam to earn the license.

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chuckchipner
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Thank you so much for sharing this information. I just graduated from high school, and I am wanting to become a roofing contractor in the next few years. I was wondering if you had any tips for someone who is fresh out of high school? Any tips would be so helpful.

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