What Kind of Training Does a Roofer Get
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What Kind of Training Does a Roofer Get?

If you need roof work done, you don’t want to just hire someone with a ladder and a can-do attitude. You want a highly skilled, experienced professional who knows what they’re doing and who can get the job done with exceptional safety and efficacy. At Interstate Roofing, we take our skills seriously. Our team receives frequent roofer training, both in-house and on the job, in order to ensure they stay sharp and keep up-to-date with new developments and advancements in the roofing field.

When you work with us, you’ll be working with a group of professionals who take pride in their handiwork. Here are just a few ways we prepare our employees to help with your roofing needs.

In House Mockups

The first step in perfecting any skill is having some hands-on practice. With roofer training, that can be a risky proposition. No matter how excited someone is about learning the craft, we would never just send them up and wish them luck. That’s why we provide our employees with a wide variety of training in a controlled warehouse environment. There, we’re able to simulate the job experience without endangering our trainee—or anyone’s roof.

These mockup exercises provide valuable experience to our employees, giving them the opportunity to take what they’ve learned and apply it practically. Additionally, the warehouse setting gives our instructors the time to fully unpack the skills that they’re teaching. On an actual job, the client is priority number one. That means that you might not always have the opportunity to fully discuss what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. In the warehouse, there is plenty of time to not only practice a skill, but also talk about what went well and what could be improved after the fact. With the experience under their belts, the roofers are able to go on to help clients with enhanced confidence and knowledge.

On-the-Job Education

In addition to our controlled training exercises, we provide ample opportunities for our employees to gain on-the-job roofer training. The vast majority of people starting off in roofing will learn the craft through apprenticeship programs that combine classroom-style learning with on-the-job training, helping contextualize the abstract concepts they learn in a real work environment.

We are firm believers in this practice and are proud to foster an environment where our employees can continue to hone their skills with the help of more experienced roofers. Through this training, new employees are able to work toward various certifications. It’s like the old saying goes: experience is the best teacher. We see on-the-job training as a chance for us to invest in our own workforce, putting time and resources into ensuring all our employees are the best in the field.

Manufacturer Sourced Training

Any professional with a craft should see themselves as a lifelong student. Roofing, like countless other fields, is always changing and growing. A roofer worth their salt should be able to change and grow along with it. At Interstate Roofing, we’re serious about staying up-to-date with developments in the roofing field and meeting the highest of industry standards. That’s why we diligently pursue any new roofer training offered by the manufacturers we are partnered with.

Through this due diligence, we have been able to qualify for and maintain the highest level of certifications with the three largest manufacturers in our area. It’s not about just having a few seals or stars to display on our website either. By working with our manufacturers, we get guidance and techniques straight from the source. This allows us to not only offer a current and wide variety of products and services, but also maintain the technical skills needed to work with them with maximum efficiency.

Safety and Security

There is nothing more important to us as a company than the safety of both our clients and our employees. As such, we ensure that our staff is well trained in a wide variety of safety skills and protocols. While it isn’t the kind of roofer training that directly relates to our handiwork, it is nonetheless something that informs everything we do when we’re on a job.

An effective roofer is a safe roofer, and there’s no room for danger on a professional job. Each member of our production crew receives fall protection training, helping them minimize the risk of working up on a roof in the first place. A large number of workplace injuries can be prevented by proper fall hazard competency, making it vital to the safety of our staff.

We also ensure our employees are trained to administer first aid and CPR, giving them the tools they need to jump into action should anyone on-site need immediate medical attention. Our safety training may start with us, but it extends to homeowners as well. Working in roofing, we’re handling potentially harmful tools and materials all day long. Beyond ensuring our own safety, we also take care to keep home environments safe for everyone who lives there. Our crew is trained in skills such as lead safety and proper pesticide application, giving us the awareness needed to work with hazardous materials without endangering our clients.

We’re also able to help our staff gain safety training and certifications with more specialized tools or services. For example, if a roofer is working with torches, they can receive CERTA training to learn how to safely apply polymer-modified roofing products. This broader education allows us to utilize more tools without compromising our safety standards.

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A roofer’s training is much more involved than it might seem from the outside. All of these skills and certifications add up to something incredibly valuable, though: a highly experienced and dependable roofer who you can trust with any job you might have for them. So don’t delay. Give us a call, and we’ll see how we can meet your roofing needs today.

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