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Roof Plumber

Summary of occupation

Roof plumbers install gutters, downpipes, flashings and rainwater tanks on residential, commercial and industrial buildings throughout Australia. They work with roofing structures that are made from metal, polycarbonate, fibreglass or glass, or have waterproof membranes.

They may also install roof sheeting and wall cladding.

Roof plumbers interpret technical drawings to install roof drainage systems for roofs of various angles on residential projects. They also calculate the correct pitch and size of roofs to ensure water tanks capture the maximum amount of rainwater.

ANZSCO description:

Installs, maintains and repairs flashings, metallic roof and wall claddings and rainwater products such as gutters and downpipes. Registration or licensing is required.

Alternative names:

Metal roof plumber, Steel roof plumber, Steel roofer

Job Prospects:


Common Industrial Instrument (award)

MA0000020 Construction Industry Award

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

A roof plumber needs:

  • to enjoy practical, manual work
  • to have a careful, methodical and accurate approach to work
  • good problem solving skills
  • to be physically fit
  • to be able to work at heights
  • to work well as part of a team.

Working Conditions

Roof plumbers work outdoors on roofs of varying heights. They work in a variety of weather conditions and particular care must be taken in wet and hot weather. They wear protective clothing and follow strict safety procedures to minimise any associated risks.

Roof plumbers usually start work early in the morning, and may be required to work on weekends. They may be required to travel between worksites.

Qualified Salary Details

On average, roof plumbers, classified under plumbers, can earn between $1 000 and $1 249 per week ($52 000 and $64 999 per year), depending on the type of organisation they work for, and their level of experience.

Many roof plumbers are self-employed and/or work as part of a team as an individual sub- contractor. Earnings for sub-contractors or small business operators will depend on their level of skill and experience, the level of demand for their services, as well as the amount of work completed.

Tools and Technologies

Roof plumbers cut, bend and join pipes using tools such as hacksaws, tin snips, copper tube cutters and pipe benders. They use power tools to join sheet metal and secure downpipes.

They also install equipment such as heating and cooling systems, water tanks and solar water heating systems.

Education and Training/Entrance Requirements

To become a roof plumber you need to complete an apprenticeship. The roof plumber apprenticeship usually takes 36 months to complete and is available as a school-based apprenticeship.

Workers in the construction industry must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (commonly known as a “white card”).

Related Apprenticeships

  • J485 – Certificate II – Metal Roofing and Cladding

Recognition of Prior Learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.