Roofers and Waterproofers apply a variety of materials to roofs and other surfaces. These materials include hot and cold applied built-up roofing and waterproofing, asphalt shingles, tile, and single ply materials such as EPDM, PVC, Hypalon, and modified bitumen.

Roofers and waterproofers work with manual and thermostatically controlled kettles, power hoists and lifts, compressors, and spray equipment, and with hand tools such as hammers, hatchets, and knives.

Teamwork is important, as roofers and waterproofers work in crews. Work is usually in the open and at heights, on roofs or scaffolds. The work is strenuous, with prolonged standing, climbing, bending, and squatting. Risks of injury may come from falls and burns from hot asphalt. During the rainy season roofers are sometimes unemployed.


The Roofer and Waterproofer Apprentice program involves:

  • 4200 hours of on-the-job training
  • Apprentices must also attend related training classes at a training center.
  • Program is 42 months in length

Requirements for application:

  • Proof of age (must be at least 18).
  • No specific educational requirements, but must be able to read and speak English within 12 months of indenture.
  • Able to work at extreme heights, on sloping surfaces, and in all types of weather and to lift heavy materials and equipment.
  • An applicant must be in good health and physically able to perform all phases of the work.
  • There is no written examination for this apprenticeship program, but all applicants are required to participate in an orientation class on safety.

Applications are given out Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. at:

Roofers Local 40

150 Executive Park Boulevard, Suite 3625

San Francisco, CA 94134

(415) 508-0261


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