Level 2 Waterproof Membranes Apprenticeship (standard)

This course is designed for learners aged between 16-24 .  More mature students are welcome to apply. This course can take up to 24 months to deliver. Candidates will attend day release off the job training at the college/ training center once a week.

*Please note*

Student must be employed to be enrolled for an apprenticeship.



Our Next Cohort Is Starting SEPTEMBER 2024: Places are Limited

Contact Aaron on 01473744412 or alternatively email at apprenticeships@eastern.rooftraining.co.uk

How it Works:

  • Apprentice attends college 1 day a week and works with employer the other 4 days on ‘on the job training’
  • Apprentice studies towards a Level 2 Site Waterproof Membranes
  • Mixture of theory and practical sessions

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for learners aged between 16-24 that want to pursue a career as a flat roofer.

Course Overview:

Level 2 NOCN Awards waterproof membranes.

A Waterproof Membranes Installer works on a building site, or in domestic or commercial premises, installing waterproofing systems and related products, to both new and existing buildings.  Waterproofing roofers apply protective membranes to flat roof structures to ensure they are watertight.

On completion of this apprenticeship, waterproof membrane installer will be able to:

  • Carry out a range of job tasks including measuring, marking out, fitting, finishing, positioning and securing
  • Clean, dry and prepare surfaces for specified system
  • Install vapour control layers to prevent vapour coming through the building to protect insulation
  • Install mechanically fixed and/or adhered insulation as required by the given specification
  • Install reinforced bitumen, single-ply and liquid applied waterproofing systems
  • Terminate waterproofing systems at the perimeter upstands and/or open edges to the given specification
  • Maintain and repair flat and/or pitched roofs (in excess of 10 degrees)
  • Install perimeter details (edge trims, counter flashings termination bars)
  • Work around outlets, pipes, soil and vent fittings, safety systems and roof lights


On completion of this apprenticeship, waterproof membranes installers will have knowledge of:

  • The principles of membrane waterproofing systems and how they are applied in routine tasks, such as, preparing surfaces, installing insulation, installing background materials, installing main roof coverings to include bitumen membranes, single ply and liquid applied systems, fixings, fittings and components, roof windows and lights
  • How to requisition membrane waterproofing materials, such as bitumen membranes, single-ply, liquid applied systems and related materials, fittings and components
  • The differences between and the characteristics of warm, cold and inverted (waterproofing layer as the base) roofs


Core Skills

On completion of this apprenticeship, roofers will be able to:

  • Work safely and be aware of key health, safety and welfare issues
  • Plan and carry out their work to commercial standards of quality and speed
  • Move, handle and store resources, complying with relevant legislation and guidance
  • Interpret and follow verbal and written work instructions from trade supervisors and site managers
  • Select the required materials and resources to carry out the work
  • Set up, check and operate plant and/or equipment
  • Install related materials and components to a given specification
  • Use, maintain and store hand tools, power tools and associated equipment
  • Access, interpret and use drawings and specifications to carry out work


Core Knowledge

On completion of this apprenticeship, a roofer will have knowledge of:

  • The principles of health, safety and welfare, employment law, and how these are applied in the workplace
  • The different techniques and methods used to move, handle and store materials
  • How to interpret and use relevant product information and specifications
  • The standards and codes of practice that apply to roofing
  • How to calculate quantity, length, area and wastage of resources
  • The principles of condensation, the factors involved and standard methods of control in roofs
  • The principles of insulation and effects on heat loss in roofs
  • Basic drawings and how to calculate material quantities from given information
  • The principles relating to common defects, and the repair and maintenance of roofs
  • Why, when and how health and safety control equipment should be used when undertaking roofing work (e.g. personal protective equipment (PPE) and respiratory protective equipment (RPE)
  • How to use, maintain and store hand tools, power tools and associated equipment
  • How to work safely at height and use access equipment
  • The needs of other workers and how to work effectively with others
  • The characteristics, quality, uses, sustainability, limitations and defects associated with roofing products and components used in their own specialism and the wider roofing industry


This course covers a two-year period. Candidates will attend day release off the job training at the roofing college/ roof training Centre once a week. The remainder of the time is spent with the employer on site, gaining experience necessary for the end point assessment.

At the end of the 12 – 18 month period, the apprentice passes a ‘gateway’ and then is independently assessed by an End Point Assessment Organisation.


Grant payments are available for Construction Industry Training Board members (CITB) subject to terms and conditions of approximately £5000-£6000 Per Apprentice.

All funding for apprenticeships now goes through the Digital Apprenticeship Service. https://accounts.manage-apprenticeships.service.gov.uk/service/index?

If you are are in Suffolk or Norfolk, we will help to arrange a levy transfer for you which will go through the DAS above. This is where a bigger company gives excess funding to a smaller company.

The government pays up to £11,000 per learner. There can be a co-investment of 5% from an employer depending on your apprentice and circumstances. It is possible to request direct funding from the government through the DAS.

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