Roof Construction Course




5 days




The Builder Training Centre (The BTC) offers high quality structured Roof Construction Courses, which can be attended as a 5 day course during the week (Monday to Friday).

Our instructors are qualified, highly experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic Tradespersons, so students can take advantage of all the tips of the trade, personal experiences and advice they offer.

This short course is intensive, but the atmosphere is relaxed and enjoyable which creates a good learning environment. If you have a particular project in mind, or some building plans you wish to gain advice on, our instructors will be more than happy to discuss these with you.

This basic 5 day practical hands-on course will introduce you to the fundamentals of roof construction. With our expert instructor you will be building a complete roof from the plate level up with a hip, gable end, dormer and velux window. You will learn how to construct the plate level and how to calculate the pitch of a roof along with learning how to use gauges to measure and cut roof timbers accurately to suit the required pitch.

You will learn about the tools, gauges and fixing techniques associated with roof construction, along with tips of the trade.

Although some carpentry skills may benefit you on this course, it is not a necessity.

Course Content

Tasks include:

  • How to set out the site
  • How to calculate and measure rafter lengths
  • Cutting and pitching a roof
  • Cutting birdsmouth and top cuts of common rafters
  • Measuring your span in relation to your roof and calculating run of rafters
  • Calculating and cutting valley rafters
  • Calculating and cutting valley jack rafters
  • Cutting the angles of hip jacks
  • King /crown rafters and hips
  • Fixing purlins
  • Purlin struts and respective birdsmouth cuts, and other roof member cuts
  • How to make templates of roof members
  • Constructing and incorporating a dormer into the roof, doubling the rafter and undertaking the required trimming to enable fitment of a velux window
  • Gaining an understanding of different roof types

Training Facilities

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Please click the button below to proceed with our online Application Form. You will be given details on the Application Form about how to make the minimum deposit payment of £150.00, or the full amount of £495.00, to secure a place on your chosen date.

Alternatively, give us a call on 020 8649 9340 to get booked in over the phone.

Have you considered adding Roof Construction to a multi-course package?
e.g. Roof Construction, Roof Tiling, Carpentry, Bricklaying
Total £1,830.00 (inc VAT)
A saving of £80.00!


Steel toe-capped safety footwear is a health and safety requirement for all our courses. We stock steel-toe capped boots from size 3 to 13 (with some half sizes), which can be purchased on the first morning of your course for just £20.00.

You should wear comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting dirty. This course will take place outside, so you should dress accordingly to the weather.

We provide all relevant tools and materials that are required for the duration of your course.

Changing facilities for men and women are available on-site. For a £5.00 deposit you can get a padlock to a locker for any small valuables you may wish to bring along.

You are welcome to bring your own food to eat in our canteen. Alternatively, we sell a small selection of hot and cold drinks and snacks, or you could purchase food from one of the local supermarkets/shops/cafes/restaurants within just a few minutes’ walk.

Provided you are aged at least 18 years and deemed fit and healthy to complete physical work, this course is suitable for you. Whether your background is already in a trade or something completely different, these skills can be learnt and applied directly after the course.

Over the years, we have had students attend the course for many reasons, the most popular of which would be to expand their current professional services, start a whole new career or to just pick up a new skill for DIY. These are not just skills for one project, these are skills for life!

You will be awarded a Builder Training Centres Limited Certificate of Continuous Professional Development after full completion of the course. The Certificate will include your name, the dates you attended, and on the reverse we list all the areas you have covered throughout your course.

Course notes will be provided during your course. These will summarise most of the topics covered with some diagrams and pictures also included, however, you may choose to bring along a notepad and pen to take additional notes.

As we are located within Waddon Train Station Buildings, we do not have any parking on-site. That said, there are plenty of residential roads in the surrounding area that have free unrestricted parking, within just a few minutes’ walk. If attending on Sunday, you can park in the marked red boxes in Epsom Road where our Centre at Waddon Station is situated and in Stafford Road where our Electrical Centre is situated (a minute’s walk away) all day free of charge.

Please email if you would like any further information or instructions.


Our training facility is located at the following address:
Waddon Station Buildings, 160 Epsom Road, Croydon, CR0 4UP

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"I was very pleased with the course. I think the printouts were very handy, the well ventilated sheltered outdoor area was nice, John was very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The price was good and comparable to many one week Carpentry courses despite the roofing wood being more valuable. I was also pleased with the structure being concise, hands on, and including all the vital information."
Joshua Sutton
(West Midlands)
"The delivery of the course is exceptional. I have managed to learn and understand the principles of roofing. I will now be able to undertake my project in France with confidence. Thank you John."
David Chan
"I was impressed by easy location of the centre close to the train station and overall health and safety awareness the intense training covered. I must confess this is one of the best training centres I have been to."
Oluwasegun Adenuga