THERE ARE NO PLANS to end RoofCert, the accreditation scheme for roofers, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) has confirmed.
Rumours have been circulating in the industry that plans were being made to close the RoofCert scheme in March 2022. However, James Talman, CEO of NFRC, which operates the scheme, has confirmed that the rumours are untrue.
RoofCert Rumours Denied
James Talman said, “RoofCert is continuing. Period. I can’t be more clear than that.
“The requirements for such a scheme have never been more self-evident with the market needing to demonstrate competency and continuous development. The roofing industry should be proud that it is leading the way, with other sectors at the beginning of the process.
“If I am being asked, is the scheme continuing beyond the end of March, yes, it is.”
The NFRC flagship scheme is Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) backed. CITB is funding the first 2,000 roofers to go through the certification process. Currently, there are approximately 200 RoofCert accredited roofers with around 1,000 more registering their interest in the scheme.
Roofing operatives can gain RoofCert accreditation in Slating & Tiling, Sheeting and Cladding, Built Up Felt and Single Ply disciplines. Each operative has to pass six mandatory courses and sit a knowledge test. They need to demonstrate competence through an a NVQ or Experienced Roofer test. RoofCert roofing operatives also have to sign up to continuing professional development (CPD) and a re-validation process every three years.
The RoofCert scheme was first launched in 2016 to address research findings that showed the roofing industry suffered from a poor image, was less qualified than other construction trades, had difficulty recruiting sufficient new people into the industry and that consumers commonly had little trust in the trade.