Weekday Roof Construction Courses

Our 5 day Foundation Roof Construction Courses at the Builder Training Centre are very practical and ‘hands-on’ courses, and are ideal for beginners looking to learn roof construction for DIY or handyman skills, experienced people looking to extend their trade skills or perfect their skills, or those looking for a new career in roofing.

“Good working environment, a helpful and friendly tutor and having smaller classes definitely increases the learning potential”    

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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. 

You will be learning how to construct a roof from day one and you will be amazed at what you can learn within a short period of time.  Please take time to view a selection of our testimonials from students that have attended the Roof Construction Course by clicking here

You will get dirty so you should bring working clothes. We have changing room facilities for men and women!  You will find our prices are competitive, and include the use of tools and materials for your Roof Construction Course whilst you are here, but for health and safety reasons you are required to have steel toe capped footwear to wear throughout the course.  These can be purchased from reception on your first morning for £20 if required.

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.

Tasks will 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


Fact sheets will be supplied on our Roof Construction Course, so there is no need for too many notes!


After completing the Roof Construction Training Course you will receive a Builder Training Centre Certificate of Continuous Professional Development. 

Day Deposit Total Price Course Times
Mon-Fri £150 £495 9.00am - 4.00pm
Roof Construction and Roof Tiling Combined £300 (£150 for each course) £960 (for the two courses)  

Full payment or a deposit of £150 is required to book a Foundation Roof Construction Course.  Any remaining balance can then be paid at any time before the start of the course, including the first morning.

Book the Roof Tiling Course at the same time as the Roof Construction Course and receive a discount of £30.00 – total £960.00

Add Roof Construction to a multi course package 

(Roof Construction, Roof Tiling, Carpentry, Bricklaying) 

Total £1,830.00 (inc VAT). A saving of £80.00! 

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For information on our other Roofing Courses please click on the relevant links below:

 For 4 day Roof Tiling Courses click here

For 1 day GRP / Fibreglass Roofing Courses click here

You are welcome to visit The Builder Training Centre at any time during opening hours (8.00 am until 5.30 pm) either during the week or at weekends to see our facilities first hand. No appointment is required and you will be made very welcome.  Why not come and meet our roofing instructors and speak to our roofing students and see for yourself what you can achieve from each course?


We are confident that you will like what you see and will want to learn how to construct a roof with The Builder Training Centre.

Why not give Matt, Sally or Andy a call, who will be more than happy to assist, on 0208 649 9340

Or send an enquiry  by clicking here

To apply for a course by sending an on-line application form click here

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We are a totally independent company trading as Builder Training Centres Ltd

All our roof construction courses are held at our training centre in Surrey, Greater London