Joseph Jenkins Inc.

143 Forest Ln, Grove City, PA 16127

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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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Slate Roof Installation: Level 1


This is our first course!

Course Delivery Type: Live

This course is 8 LUs (AIA Learning Units).

Course Level: Introductory

Language: English

Original AIA Course Approval: 01/24/2020

AIA Course Expiration: 01/24/2023

Our basic Slate Roof Installation training class consists of the Slate Roofing Contractors Association's Installation of Natural Quarried Roofing Slates: Level 1 training course.

This course combines approximately 3 hours of classroom time, mostly PowerPoint, with approximately 5 hours of hands-on training on a roof mockup. Based largely on the SRCA's "Installation Guidelines for Natural Quarried Roofing Slate," the course covers the basic installation standards, information, and procedures for correctly and successfully installing natural slate on roofs. You will be cutting, punching, and trimming natural 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. The courses are administered by instructors who are independent contractors registered with the SRCA.


Current fee is $600.00/student, 1/3 of which is the SRCA license fee. The course fee is subject to change at any time, although this price will be honored for anyone on the waiting list). Students who successfully complete the course can opt for a "Certificate of Completion" from the SRCA if they so choose, for an additional fee of $50.

Included Course Materials:

SRCA "Natural Quarried Roofing Slates Level 1 Training Manual" (161 pages), Slate Roof Bible, 3rd Edition (374 pages), Slate Roofs 1926 (130 pages). These have a combined value of over $100.00.

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, and their sources. Learn about different installation styles, fasteners, substrates, underlayment, roof staging, headlap, starter courses, and many other details relating to slate roofing.

Reserve a Class at our Facility

Email us to get on the waiting list. We have not set our schedule for 2020 yet, but if you're on the list, you will be among the first to be notified when classes are available.

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 a site visit training.

Need Tools?

This is the basic 3-piece professional tool set we recommend. Let us know in the "customer comment" section at checkout that you're buying it for a class and we'll knock off $50 and exclude the Slate Roof Bible from the order if you don't want to have an extra copy of the book (however, it makes a great gift, especially for co-workers and clients, so you may want to keep it). You will be provided with a list of needed tools that you should bring to the class (tool belt, for example).


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