Metal roofing profiling

The purpose of this standard is to provide the candidate with knowledge and skills to make standing seam metal roofing trays using a machine.

CITB have developed this training 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 knowledge and skills to make standing seam metal roofing trays using a machine.

The scope of this standard covers:

  • Parallel and tapered standing seam metal trays
  • On-site mobile profiling machinery
  • How to read manufacturers’ profile setting drawings
  • How to store, handle, and hoist roofing materials
  • How to transport, load/unload, and install/uninstall the machine
  • How to set up the machine
  • How to maintain the machine
  • How to troubleshoot the machine
  • How to adjust the machine
  • How to operate the machine.

Occupational relevance

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

  • Operative and craft
  • Technical
  • Supervision.

Candidate pre-requisites

For this training, candidates must hold a valid Working at Height certificate, in order to perform working at height tasks such as measuring and installing the sheet(s). It would be beneficial if candidates had a basic knowledge of metal fabrication terminology, tools, and techniques; and also the ability to read manufacturer’s installation drawings.

Before candidates perform the work on a construction site, candidates must have successfully completed roofing-specific training for working safely at height.

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 methods may be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • Practical training in an off the job simulated environment, using low height roofing rigs
  • Theory training: classroom, e-learning, or a blend.

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.

Learning should include at least 50% of learning activities to suit scenario examples.


For the successful completion of training, the trainer will be required to make a declaration of the learner’s contribution during the course and that they are confident the learner has understood the content of the course. 

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 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

17th November 2017

Review cycle

Either on request or in 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes 

The candidate will be able to:

  • Read manufacturers’ profile setting drawings
  • Store, handle, and hoist roofing materials (large sizes/weights may require a certified rigger).
  • Transport, load/unload, and install/uninstall the machine.
  • Set up the machine.
  • Maintain the machine.
  • Troubleshoot the machine.
  • Adjust the machine.
  • Operate the machine.

Additional information about this standard

Metal Cladding & Roofing Manufacturers Association (MCRMA)

Guidance documents 

Technical design guides (archive) 

Safety guidance documents

Health & Safety Executive (HSE)

Safe working at height resources from HSE

Useful web links on working at height from HSE

HSE publication: HSG33 ‘Health and safety in roof work’

HSE publication ‘Working on roofs’

Government regulations

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 

British Standard for the design of metal roofing and cladding roofs

BS EN 14782:2006. Self-supporting metal sheet for roofing, external cladding and internal lining.

BS 5427:2016. Code of practice for the use of profiled sheet for roof and wall cladding on buildings.Related standards