Fifty roofers, from ten different roofing companies, have become the first operatives to be officially ‘accredited’ by RoofCERT, the UK’s only accreditation scheme for roofing operatives.
RoofCERT is professionalising the roofing industry by helping roofing operatives demonstrate their competency and for roofing contractors to upskill their teams.
To achieve accreditation, roofers must pass a knowledge test, undertake six health and safety awareness courses, and demonstrate their roofing competence via practical assessment.
The operatives will need to renew their accreditation again in three years, to ensure they keep to up to date with changing standards and regulations.
While there are many companies with operatives who are close to accreditation, the following companies were the first ten to get their operatives ‘over the line’:
Commenting on the accreditations, Head of Qualifications and Standards at RoofCERT, Richard Miller said: “These 50 roofers should be incredibly proud of themselves. They have demonstrated their technical knowledge, their understanding of six core areas of health and safety as well as their ability and competency in their particular disciplines.
“They are now proven to be masters of their craft, and this should stand them in good stead for their future career. I would like to thank all the companies who have supported RoofCERT by putting these operatives through the process.
“There are almost 2000 funded places currently available for other operatives to do the same, and they should do so before the places go. We have made many changes to ensure we can still accredit roofers through the Covid-19 pandemic via methods such as e-learning awareness courses and online tests.
“We have seen a surge in demand for the scheme recently, and places are starting to go. So, if you are a roofing contractor thinking about putting your team through the process, or an operative who wants to prove their competency, I would urge you to join these first ten companies and 50 roofers and sign up now.
“The construction industry is only going in one direction, and that is towards a greater focus on competency and professionalism. We know that there are going to be new regulations around building safety and greater expectations around competency down the line, and these roofers are now future-proofed for the changes to come.”