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The educational branch of NAIT that offers this program. Each school is uniquely equipped with facilities, equipment, and curriculum designed to benefit the needs of their students.


The type of certification (degree, diploma, certificate) you will earn after completing your program.

  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Blended - A combination of online and in-class components.
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times


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.

Most apprenticeship programs are 3-4 periods in length, with an average of 8 weeks for each training period. In addition, there are specific allotments of on-the-job training hours associated with each period, so most apprentices complete 1 period per calendar year.

You want to be a roofer. You want to learn how to prepare and apply protective coverings to flat and sloped roof surfaces on all types of buildings.

You already know how to follow construction plans and specifications, and you’re familiar with most types of roofing, including steep and flat roofing. But you want to learn more, like how to apply a variety of substances and systems such as elastomeric or thermos plastic roof membranes. You may also need more experience using different building materials, like asphalt and wood shingles, concrete tiles or PVC membranes.

At NAIT, where we have been offering the Roofer apprenticeship program since the mid-1970s, we’re here to teach you everything you need to know.

  • theoretical foundation for roofing
  • trade mathematics
  • correct use and interpretation of shop drawings, blueprints and building codes

Hands-on, industry-relevant training 

If you enjoy physical activity, working with your hands, being outdoors and aren’t afraid of heights, then you will enjoy working as a roofer.

Roofers also have the security of steady employment as there is always a demand for repair work, even when construction activity slows. During nice weather, roofers can be asked to work considerable overtime.

Training at NAIT

The Roofer apprenticeship term is:

  • 4 years (four 12-month periods)
  • minimum 1420 hours on-the-job training in period 1, 2 and 3
  • 6 weeks of technical training each year for period 1, 2 and 3
  • minimum 1600 hours on-the-job training in period 4 (there is no technical training component)


Enter the workforce with confidence 

As a roofer, you will most often be employed by roofing contractors on construction or repair jobs. Some roofers are members of unions. Employment is steady and roofers are always in demand, as most roof systems require regular replacement every 15-30 years.

Roofers who are knowledgeable about different roof systems may find opportunities in education, technical marketing, inspection and supervisory roles. Some roofers become contractors themselves.



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Email: Construction@nait.ca


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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.

Once your training has been completed, you’ll be able to write provincial examinations set by the Government of Alberta and become a certified journeyperson.

Period 1

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.

Period 2

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.

Period 3

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.

Period 4

There is no technical training component in period 4.

Period 1

  • Tuition: $588.00
  • Books & Supplies: $30.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $118.88
  • Athletic Fee: $28.20

Period 2

  • Tuition: $588.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $118.88
  • Athletic Fee: $28.20

Period 3

  • Tuition: $588.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $118.88
  • Athletic Fee: $28.20

Period 4

There is no technical training component in period 4.

Complete an apprenticeship application & contract form

Effective November 1, 2014, you must fillout the application located on the MyTradesecrets website for Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board staff to determine if you are eligible for status as an indentured apprentice.

Dates & Deadlines

Once you are an indentured apprentice, you can review the availability and start and end dates of the program you are interested in. Log into your MyTradesecrets profile and do a search under the Class Registration section. Then you can determine the schedule that best fits your needs.

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Apply to Program

Apply to the program with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application process. Please note, processing time may vary for applicants, so we recommend starting early.

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Scholarships & Awards

NAIT supports over 4,000 students with over $6 million in scholarships and bursaries each year. Many are available for students across a wide range of programs.

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Red Seal

The Interprovincial Red Seal Program was developed to provide journeypersons with the ability to work anywhere in Canada.

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Blue Seal

If you are a certified Blue Seal journeyperson in Alberta, you've proven that you meet Alberta's high industry standards and possess the skills to succeed in your trade.

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Explore your options

There are many different ways to experience a NAIT education, from full-time diploma programs and apprenticeships to part-time degrees. Let us help you choose what's right for you.

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Begin the application process through MyTradesecrets.

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