UK’s First Slate Training Centre Launched by Cupa Pizarras

CUPA PIZARRAS has launched its first slate training course in Livingston, Scotland.

Combining hands on training with a RIBA accredited CPD, the course aims to provide attendees with both the theoretical knowledge and practical experience required to correctly and confidently specify slate.

Working with Burton Roofing Merchants’ West Lothian branch, the training days are run by Cupa Pizarras’ Specification and Commercial Manager, Allan Liddell.

Understanding the hard work that goes into slating a roof
On the 29th April 2019 a number of employees from building surveyor, Surveying Solutions Ltd, received training at the centre on selecting and grading, measuring the roof pitch, checking the headlap and fixing the slates onto a training rig.

During the day, Surveying Solutions Ltd worked with Cupa Pizarras’ bestselling slate in Scotland, HEAVY 3, which is 7-8mm thick. The extra thickness and weight give it the strength to withstand the high wind speeds and driving rain that is common throughout Scotland.

Highly recommended by all attendees
All attendees agreed that the training day was excellent and that a lot was learnt. The majority also didn’t realise just how much hard work goes into slate roofing!

Adam Monteith, Director of Surveying Solution Ltd

Adam Monteith, Director of Surveying Solution Ltd, commented: “I can speak for everyone at Surveying Solutions in saying that we really enjoyed the slate training. As building surveyors, it is very easy for us to sit at our desk writing roofing specifications or visit a site and comment on a slater’s workmanship without fully understanding the challenges and complexities of physically installing a slated roof. So, it was fascinating and a real eye-opener to be able to have a go at it ourselves, to varying levels of success!

“I definitely have a new found respect for the skill and speed of a trained slater!  The CPD day was just the right mix of practice and theory, and the staff of both Cupa Pizarras and Burton Roofing could not have been more accommodating. Thanks again to everyone involved in making the day happen and I would thoroughly recommend it to other construction professionals.”

To book onto a Cupa Pizarras slate training and CPD day in Scotland, please email: or



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