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Information sources and fixing specifications

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The purpose of this standard is to provide the candidate with the knowledge and skills to locate, interpret, and write specifications for a slated and/or tiled new roof.

CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry


Minimum 1 day of 6 learning hours

Purpose / scope

The purpose of this standard is to provide the candidate with the knowledge and skills to locate, interpret, and write specifications for a slated and/or tiled new roof.

The scope of this standard covers:

  • tile and slate roofing systems including attachments (gutters, solar panels, rooflights, etc), and accessories (cowlings, vents, etc)
  • calculations for scale, elevation, pitch, constant change, rafter length, and roof size.
  • lifecycle of a roofing system
  • quality control methods
  • manufacturers’ design and installation drawings
  • survey an existing roof for specification information
  • typical compilation of a roofing specification (sections and headings)
  • design factors of roofing systems
  • performance factors of roofing systems
  • structures and materials for supporting roofs
  • sources of information such as O&M manuals, manufacturers, brochures, etc.
  • types of information such as print, web, CAD, PDF, etc.
  • warranties, guarantees, and contracts
  • compliance with building regulations
  • legislation for design, installation, suppliers, and installers
  • main legislation, codes of practice, and standards for roofing systems.

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard is relevant to the following occupational group(s):

  • operative and craft.

Candidate prerequisites

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard. However, a basic knowledge of slate and/or tiling roofing terminology and techniques would be beneficial.

Instruction / supervision

As a minimum, course instructors must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:

  • A train the trainer or instructional techniques course certificate
  • Successfully completed training to this standard 
  • At least 2 years relevant industrial experience
  • A verifiable CV.


The following method(s) may be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • classroom
  • e-learning
  • a blend of classroom and e-learning

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for candidates to achieve learning outcomes, and must comply with relevant legislation.

The class size and candidate/instructor ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes.

This standard is considered to contain 51 per cent or more theoretical learning.


For the successful completion of training, candidates must complete an end of course practical assessment or knowledge test that measures the learning outcomes and has a pass or fail criteria.

Quality assurance

Quality assurance against this standard will require initial approval of the training organisation and their content mapped to the standard. 

CITB will also conduct an approval intervention, either desk-based or centre visit, to ensure the training organisation can meet the requirements of the Training Standard. 

Approved training organisations (ATOs) will be required to present information on records of training and assessment upon request to CITB for desk-based analysis. They will also be visited annually by the CITB quality assurance team.


There are no mandatory renewal or recommended refreshment requirements for this standard.

Approval date

November 2018

Review cycle

Either on request or in 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes
The candidate will be able to Additional guidance to support learning outcome

Describe slate and tile roofing systems types including:

  • bonnet, box gable, butterfly, clerestory, combination, cross gabled, cross hipped, curved, dome, dormer, Dutch gable, flat, front gable, gambrel, half hipped, hip and valley, mansard, m-shaped, open gable, parapet, pyramid hip, saltbox, skillion, simple hip, and lean-to

Examples of:

  • brochures
  • specifications
  • installation information
  • roofing drawings
  • requirements/specifications
  • architect’s drawings
  • material and quantity lists


  • calculators
  • online roofing calculators
  • app roofing calculators


  • completed estimates
  • scenario blank estimates with information and photos to practice calculations

Describe slate and tile roof terminology including:

  • tiles, fasteners, fixings, ridge tiles, hip tiles, verge tiles, vented tiles, fittings, abutments, valleys, and flashings
  • attachments: gutters, solar panels, rooflights, etc.
  • accessories: cowlings, vents, etc.

Perform calculations for:

  • scale
  • elevation
  • pitch
  • constant change
  • rafter length
  • roof size

Describe the lifecycle of a roofing system from design to disposal

Describe quality control methods

Interpret manufacturers’ design and installation drawings

Survey an existing roof for specification information

Describe design factors of roofing systems

Compile a roofing specification

Describe performance factors of roofing systems

Describe structures and materials for supporting roofs

List types of information

Describe how and where to access types of information

Describe main points of:

  • warranties, guarantees, and contracts

Describe compliance with building regulations

List legislation for:

  • design, installation, suppliers, and installers

Describe the main legislation, codes of practice, and standards for roofing systems

Additional information about this standard

Building regulations

  • Building and Buildings, England and Wales: The Building Regulations 2010.
  • The Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004
  • Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland

British standards

View all available British Standards at the BSI website.

  • BS 6100-6: 2008 Building and civil engineering – Vocabulary – Part 6 Construction parts (roofs)
  • BS 5534: 2014+A2: 2018. Slating & tiling for pitched roofs and vertical cladding. Code of practice.
  • BS 743:1970. Specification for materials for damp-proof courses.
  • BS 8000-6: 2013. Workmanship on building sites. Code of practice for slating & tiling of roofs and claddings. Replaced By BS 8000-0:2014. Workmanship on construction sites. Intro and principles
  • BS 8612: 2018. Dry fixed ridge, hip, and verge systems for slating and tiling. Specification.
  • BS EN 1024: 2012. Clay roofing tiles for discontinuous laying. Geometric characteristics.
  • BS EN 12326-1: 2014. Slate & stone for discontinuous roofing & external cladding. Specs for slate
  • BS EN 1304: 2013. Clay roofing tiles and fittings. Product definitions and specifications.
  • BS EN 13748-2: 2004. Terrazzo tiles. Terrazzo tiles for external use
  • BS EN 490: 2011+A1: 2017. Concrete roof tiles & fittings for roof & wall cladding. Product specs.
  • BS EN 492: 2012+A2:2018. Fibre-cement slates and fittings. Product spec and test methods.
  • BS 5250: 2011+A1: 2016. Code of practice for control of condensation in buildings.
  • BS 8437: 2005 Code of practice for selection, use and maintenance of personal protection systems

National Building Specification (NBS)

  • A multi-volume subscription library of clauses covering most elements of building construction.

Building information modelling (BIM)