How to Become a Roofing Contractor

roofing contractorIf you want to be successful as a roofing contractor, you need to be certified in your state. Not only will you attract more clients, but you will also be protecting yourself legally. No matter how long you have been doing roofing work, you can always learn something new through additional training that comes with obtaining your certification. It is worth your time to invest in getting your certification, so don’t put it off if you’re thinking about it. Each State has their own rules, but it isn’t drastically different, here are the general steps to getting your certification as a roofing contractor.


Hands-on experience is important, and if you’ve only worked on a roof a few times, you might not know if you’re really ready to become a roofer in a professional capacity yet. It’s best to do work for a company or contractor first, to gain as much knowledge about the job first, because there are somethings you can’t learn by any other way other than through failure. Having someone with years of experience teaching you the proper methods and protocol from their past mistakes is invaluable.


Begin by looking up the laws for your state. If you are doing work at the time, it should be easy to get advice on how to get your certification, but if not, you can just search “your state” + “roofer’s license” online and get the official documentation on taking the exam. From there, you can find study guides online that give specific examples of the questions you’ll be seeing on the exam. Whatever you do, don’t rush the exam, you’ll waste a lot of time and money if you just expect to get your certification because you know what you’re doing at work. Some of the questions can be more about reading them carefully than knowing how to answer them. Double check all your answers and you should be able to pass with flying colors.


After you pass the license exam, you’ll need to make sure you have all the paperwork together that the state needs you process your license. Typically, all you need to have is your forms of identification, education and work history, your exams test results, a criminal background check, and the fee for the license. You don’t get certified just from passing the exam, you need to have proof that you have enough on-the-job experience for obvious safety and liability reasons. You may need to have your roofing certification renewed every ten years or less, usually when legislation is introduced that requires additional training or if there is a change in technique. It’s also not a bad idea to look towards getting certified for solar panel installation, if you really love your job as a roofer and wish to expand into more opportunity and better pay. Even if your state doesn’t have a big market for it yet, it is a worthwhile investment.