Roofer Examination

The examination is 3 hours long. It contains 61 questions and each question is worth 1 point. The required passing grade is 60%. The materials for your use during the examination are provided to you. They are: a pencil, a paper sheet, a calculator and an eraser. No other material or reference document is allowed during the examination.

Skill Content on Which Questions May Be Based

Section 1 - Organize the Work (22%)

  • Planning the work
    • Interpreting a roof plan
    • Distinguishing the characteristics of different systems and membranes
    • Calculating the amount of material required for a given task
    • Worksite safety
  • Preparing materials
    • Organizing moving materials to the roof
    • Using the appropriate equipment correctly and safely
  • Preparing the roof
    • Preparing the deck and upstand

Section 2 - Install Single-Ply, Two-Ply, Multi-Ply and Liquid (Hydrotech©) Roofing Membranes (70%)

  • Installing membranes on insulated, inverted, and ventilated roofs
    • Installing vapour barriers
    • Installling insulation
    • Installing support panels
    • Installing single-ply membranes (PO, PVC, EPDM)
    • Installing elastomeric (two-ply) membranes
    • Installing multi-ply membranes (asphalt and gravel)
    • Installing liquid membranes (Hydrotech©)
    • Sealing roofs (drains, projections)
  • Repairing membranes on insulated, inverted, and ventilated roofs
    • Analyzing existing roofing
    • Repairing roofing 

Section 3 - Installing asphalt shingle roofs (8%)

  • Preparing to install shingles
    • Marking reference points
    • Installing drip edges and membrane
    • Installing flashing and projections
  • Installing asphalt shingles on the roof surface
  • Repairing asphalt shingle roofs 

Samples of questions for provincial qualification examination.

Suggested documentation

The suggested documents are an important tool to help you prepare for the examination. However, your best asset to write the exam successfully are the quality and diversity of the skills you have acquired during your apprenticeship.

THE CANADIAN ROOFING CONTRACTOR’S ASSOCIATION. Canadian Roofing Reference Manual, CRCA, 1999, 678 p.
The website also contains many technical bulletins.

ASSOCIATION DES MAÎTRES COUVREURS DU QUÉBEC. Devis techniques présentant les principales techniques d’installation de toitures. (in French only).

IKO. Technical Data Sheets on installing different types of membranes and shingles. 

BUILDING PRODUCTS OF CANADA CORP. Technical data sheets on installing different types of membranes and shingles.

SOPREMA. Roofer’s guide, 2014, 101 p.
The website also contains many technical bulletins.