COURSES

Course availability will be expanding over time.

We have 2 courses and 4 seminars available.

We develop courses independently, but also in concert with the Slate Roofing Contractors Association of North America Inc. The SRCA is a non-profit 501c6 international trade association, and course creation requires committee development, peer review, and board approval, all of which is very time consuming. As new courses are made available, we will list them here.

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Hooks Ladders and Roof Scaffolds

Slate roofs tend to be high and steep and require special access equipment.

Chimney Flashings

Chimneys are common components of slate roof architecture.

Training on Mockups

We use roof mockups for training purposes.

Valley Installation and Replacement

Most slate roofs require a variety of flashings, including valleys.

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Installation, Repair, Flashing

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Courses Currently Available:

 

 

Basic Slate Roof Installation

 

Level 1

 

NEXT COURSE: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2020

This class if filled.

Course Delivery Type: Live; 8 LUs (AIA Learning Units); Level: Introductory; Language: English; Duration: Approximately 8 hours

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This course combines approximately 3 hours of classroom instruction with approximately 5 hours of hands-on training on a roof mockup, and covers the basic installation standards, information, and procedures for correctly and successfully installing natural slate on roofs. You will be cutting, punching, and trimming slates using a variety of tools specific to the trade. You will be nailing roofing slates to a wood deck with copper nails and integrating the slates with various flashings, including step flashings, valley flashings, apron flashings, and ridge copper.

The course is limited to 4 students on a double-sided mockup (two on each side). Students who successfully complete the course can opt for a "Certificate of Completion" from the SRCA if they so choose.

Prerequisite Knowledge:

Basic construction and roofing knowledge is beneficial, but not necessary.

Learning Objectives:

Learn how to successfully install a natural quarried slate roof that will function for up to a century or two. Learn about common mistakes made by inexperienced installers and how to avoid them. Learn how to cut, punch, shape, and work with natural stone roofing using standard tools of the trade. Learn how basic flashing systems work with slate roofing and the various ways they can be installed. Learn about all the different types of slate that may be found on the North American market today. Learn about different installation styles, fasteners, substrates, underlayment, roof staging, headlap, starter courses, and many other details relating to slate roofing.

Course Handouts:

Slate Roof Bible, 3rd Edition (374 pages), Slate Roofs 1926 (130 pages), SRCA Slate Roof Installation Training Manual (161 pages).

Cost:

$600.00/student (1/3 of which is the SRCA license fee).

Schedule:

Class enrollment is limited to 4 participants. Company owners can sit in as observers at no charge but cannot participate in the class. If you sign up and the class is already full, we will schedule another class and you will be in line acording to first come, first served. We will contact you to arrange a schedule. Courses are generally scheduled according to demand. Call Joe at 814-786-9085.

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Slate Roof Repair and Restoration

 

Level 1

 

NEXT COURSE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2020

This class is filled.

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About this 8-Hour Course

This hands-on course is provided by an approved SRCA instructor and includes approximately four hours of classroom time and four hours of work on a roof mockup. It covers the repair of slate roofs, restoration work on slate, and slate roof maintenance, including temporary and emergency repairs. An SRCA "Certificate of Completion" will also be available, upon request, to those students who complete the course.

Course Handouts:

Slate Roof Bible, 3rd Edition (374 pages), Slate Roofs 1926 (130 pages), SRCA Slate Roof Repair Training Manual (146 pages).


Tools

We provide the tools needed during the course (slate hammer, slate ripper, slate cutter, aviation snips, sheet metal tongs, chalk line, chalk). You should bring a tool belt, tape measure, carpenter's pencil, and standard pliers.


Cost:

$600.00/student (1/3 of which is the SRCA license fee).


Schedule:

Class enrollment is limited to 4 participants. Company owners can sit in as observers at no charge but cannot participate in the class. If you sign up and the class is already full, we will schedule another class and you will be in line acording to first come, first served. We will contact you to arrange a schedule. Courses are generally scheduled according to demand. Call Joe at 814-786-9085.

RESERVE A CLASS HERE

 


We have 4 Seminars:

Seminars provide an alternative for larger groups. Seminars do not require a roof mockup and can accommodate many more people. Seminar duration ranges from 1 to 1.5 hours,and provides AIA Learning Units. Cost is negotiable depending on the instructor, time and expenses involved, scheduling, location, etc. Call Joe at 814-786-9085.


1) Natural Quarried Roofing Slate: Basic Installation


About this 1.5 Hour Seminar (1.5 AIA LUs)

The installation of natural quarried roofing slates is different from the installation of other roofing materials. The devil is in the details. This PowerPoint presentation provides the basic information one would need to be informed about correct slate roof installation practices. Call Joe at 814-786-9085.


2) Basic Slate Roof Repair, Restoration, and Maintenance


About this 1.5 Hour Seminar (1.5 AIA LUs)

Natural quarried slate roofs can last upwards of 200 years if properly maintained, depending on the type of slate. Even the worst looking older slate roofs may be highly restorable with decades of remaining life. This seminar explains how to repair and restore slate roofs and how to keep them maintained and water-tight in emergency conditions when needed. Call Joe at 814-786-9085.


3) Why Choose Natural Slate Roofing?


About This 1 Hour Seminar (1 AIA LU)

Natural roofing slates have many benefits over artificial alternatives, including beauty, durability, and architectural integrity. Slate is an ecologically-friendly, recyclable natural stone containing no plastic, petroleum, or asbestos. It is available throughout the world in many shapes, thicknesses, and colors. Many installation styles and methods allow slate roofing to become a form of art. Durability can last into the centuries and installation is not rocket science. Fake look-alike materials can fail prematurely and become an architectural blight. This presentation covers these issues and more. Call Joe at 814-786-9085.


4) How to Avoid Installation Errors When Installing Slate Roofs


About This 1 Hour Seminar

There are only a few reasons why new slate roof installations fail. All of the reasons are easily avoidable. This seminar reviews the most common problems occurring with slate roof installations, their causes, and their remedies. Call Joe at 814-786-9085.


Reserve a Class at our Facility

Email us . Or call us at 814-786-9085. Leave a message if no one answers and we will call you back. We set our schedule based on demand.


Request a Remote Training

Remote trainings may be available under certain circumstances. For example, you would have to construct one roof mockup per four students, according to SRCA specifications (we will email you the schematics and parts list), provide your own tools, etc. Cost is negotiable. Contact us about training at your site.


Need Tools?

This is the basic 3-piece professional tool set we recommend.

 

 

 

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