How to become a Roofing Plumber

Roofing plumbers install downpipes, gutters, tanks and flashing in buildings and dwellings.

Personal requirements of a Roofing Plumber

  • Management and leadership skills
  • Good planning and organisational skills
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Deadline-orientated

Education & Training for a Roofing Plumber

To become a roof plumber you usually have to complete an apprenticeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For further details, visit

Additional Information

When working at heights, industry standards require roofing plumbers to complete a Work Safely at Heights short course provided by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). All those who work in the construction industry must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (CIC).

Duties & Tasks of a Roofing Plumber

Roofing Plumbers:

  • install roof drainage systems
  • conduct repairs and maintenance on flashings and rainwater products
  • analyse and interpret technical drawings
  • install roof sheeting and wall cladding

Working conditions for a Roofing Plumber

Roofing plumbers work outdoors and on roofs which can vary in height. They generally begin work early in the morning and may travel often between job sites.

Employment Opportunities for a Roofing Plumber

Many roofing plumbers are self-employed or work for small companies that supply and fix roofs. They are usually subcontracted to roofing manufacturers on a semi-permanent basis. Roofing plumbers are also directly employed by manufacturing companies and by state, territory or local government bodies concerned with public works.

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