Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.
The roofing apprenticeship term is 4 years (four 12-month periods), including a minimum of 1,420 hours of on-the-job training and 6 weeks of technical training each year in periods 1 to 3, and a minimum of 1,600 hours of on-the-job training in period 4.
Once training has been completed, the apprentice writes provincial examinations set by the Government of Alberta and becomes certified as a journeyperson.
The first period of technical training is 6 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in introductory theory for low and steep slope, shop work in field seams and steep roofing, basic trade mathematics, blueprint reading for orthographic drawings and first aid for roofers.
The second period of technical training is 6 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in intermediate theory for low slope membranes, shop work in detail work and steep roofing, introductory geometry trade mathematics and interpreting blueprints.
The third period of technical training is 6 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in advanced theory and metal roofing, shop work in metal roofing and flashing, advanced geometry and material take-offs, and blueprint reading and estimating.
There is no technical training component in period 4.