Want to be a roofer? Doesn’t matter if you went to a four-year college, are fresh out of high school, or are changing careers, you can be a roofer with the right training. What does a roofer do exactly? And, how do you become a roofer?
To be a roofer, you need your Florida roofing contractor’s license.
According to the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulations, a roofing contractor is defined as a contractor whose “services are unlimited in the roofing trade and who has the experience, knowledge, and skill to install, maintain, repair, alter, extend, or design, if not prohibited by law, and use materials and items used in the installation, maintenance, extension, and alteration of all kinds of roofing, waterproofing, and coating, except when coating is not represented to protect, repair, waterproof, stop leaks, or extend the life of the roof. The scope of work of a roofing contractor also includes skylights and any related work, required roof-deck attachments, and any repair or replacement of wood roof sheathing or fascia as needed during roof repair or replacement and any related work.”
As a roofer, you do not need formal education credentials, but on-the-job training or an apprenticeship will allow for a you to gain the skills needed for this position.
Here are specific requirements to get your roofing contractor’s license:
- 4 years of experience under a licensed roofing contractor. This can be reduced by up to 3 years with college credits and/or military service.
- At least one year out of the four years of experience must have been as a foreman
- Show experience from this employment period that demonstrates substantial compliance with statutory experience requirements in all of the following areas:
- Built-up Roofing Systems
- Built-up Roofing
- Roll Roofing
- Modified Bitumen
- Cold Process
- Single-ply Systems
- Architectural Metal Roofing
- Concrete and Tile Roofing
- Shingles & Shakes
- Gutters and Downspouts
In 2015, the average pay for a roofer was $36,720. In 2014, 123,400 people held jobs as roofers, and there is predicted to be an increase in the number of jobs available in this field by 13 percent by 2024.
Roofers have a physically demanding job; they do a lot of heavy lifting, climbing, bending, kneeling, grabbing, carrying, and more. Sometimes, roofers have to work in bad weather like really hot temperatures, because summertime is a popular time people get work done on their roofs.
If there are roofs on buildings, roofers will always exist! Looking to get your Florida roofing contractor license? We can help. The contractor licensing process can be complex and confusing, so we are here to help you get through the licensed process. To get your Florida contractor license, call 239-777-1028.