NWRTG Counts Past Year’s Activities and Gets Industry Update

NWRTG updates meeting

AT ITS annual general meeting on 23 November the North West Roof Training Group (NWRTG) invited several industry representatives to update members on new developments.

Before the industry update, Training Officer, Sue Wharton summarised the Group’s activities during 2020-2021. Over half of the Group’s 76 members undertook training in the previous 12 months. The Group facilitated over 600 training courses, including the mandatory courses for RoofCERT accreditation. Sue said it was critical that more roof training infrastructure was developed nationwide to ensure both training and geographical availability.

RoofCERT Update

NWRTG has been given a target by CITB to register 47 roofing operatives for the NFRC’s RoofCERT scheme by March 2022.

Matt Dawson, RoofCERT Commercial Manager gave a presentation to update NWRTG members on the scheme, explaining its costs and potential benefits for those individuals who gain accreditation. There are currently just under 150 RoofCERT accredited roofers and almost 1,000 have registered their interest. The first 2,000 roofers can gain CITB funding for the costs of becoming RoofCERT accredited.

Retentions Removed

Matt said that RoofCERT provides a defined career path for roofers, proves competence and helps to raise the standard and positive image of roofing. He said NFRC is working on main contractors removing retentions for those contractors with a RoofCERT workforce. Members voiced concerns about the costs of RoofCERT once CITB funding expires, whether there is a need for a second ‘badge’ for those who are already NFRC members, the degree of demand for RoofCERT operatives, and the scheme’s impact on standards.

Other presentations included a brief guide to adjudication by Ian Parkinson from HKA with advice on common disputes, such as payment timings and how they can be resolved through dispute resolution.


In her presentation, Elizabeth Eccles of Complete Roofing Systems advised that firms should consider contacting companies requiring PQQ to ask if their current accreditations would be acceptable. This would avoid additional costs, as those provided by CHAS, Achilles and Constructionline often duplicate the same requirements. Although the Common Assessment Standard was introduced this year, some NWRTG members said many PQQs were not yet asking for or accepting it as a substitute.

Alison Kirk, Senior HR Consultant at Spectra discussed employment legislation, including apprentices’ right to an employment contract, advice on IR35 and employment definitions, parental and other leave entitlements and other proposed employment law changes.

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