Course behavior

Training doesn’t have to stop just because the course does.

SIG Design Technology’s philosophy on vocational training in roofing skills goes way beyond a one or two day course. They prefer to champion an integrated approach where quality of installation is an essential element of an eight step process. This links correct roof design and specification through to the issue of a SIG-backed roof warranty.

For contractors the process makes perfect commercial sense; by investing in the training and following the eight steps they demonstrate their competence and so are a more attractive option to customers. Opposite is a brief outline of their eight steps to the perfect roof, with more detail available on the website However, it’s important to note that the relationship doesn’t end once the course itself is over.

At a personal level installers are supported throughout their professional journey as a roofer. In this way SIG Design Technology not only tackle the skills shortage by training new recruits, the company helps retain their expertise and enthusiasm for the trade in the future.

Specific training for SIG Design Technology Accredited Contractors (DATACs) forms a key part of the national construction training programme. DATAC installers can choose to train in a wide range of flat roofing systems or in zinc and copper roofing and cladding.

As a DATAC contractor you get very specific training in using the products you need. And, as only specially trained SIG Design Technology contractors can install products on site, you join a preferred supplier database of those able to do the work with these products, giving you a clear advantage over your competitors. As part of the programme roofers go to the centre at Shepshed for dedicated training in a range of products, including:

  • Hydrostop AH-25 Liquid Waterproofing
  • IKO’s Armourplan PVC Single Ply
  • FDT’s Rhepanol PIB and Rhenofol PVC Membranes

There are also courses on:

  • IKO Spectraplan TPE
  • IKO PermaTEC Hot Melt
  • NedZink Zinc and Copper

All of SIG Design Technology membrane courses now qualify under the national Basic Competency Programme and act as a stepping stone towards an NVQ Level 2 in Single Ply Roofing and the five year Blue Skilled Worker CSCS card. Their courses meet approved criteria laid down by SPRA and NFRC, and with manufacturers’ recommendations. They also recognise FTMRC members’ hard metal training.

SIG Design Technology have a team of professional staff to support installers at every step. That means once trained, you’re not on your own. A nationwide team of experienced field and office-based technicians are available to give you excellent site support, carry out inspections and advise on workmanship, detailing and interfaces.

A dedicated team at Shepshed is also on hand to provide a full technical service at no charge; this includes wind uplift, thermal and interstitial condensation calculations, so you can get that all important DATAC warranty at the end of the job.

Another way in which SIG Design Technology supports contractors is their SIG RoofWise newsletter, which specifically addresses issues DATAC companies and installers face on a regular basis. The first issue was in May when technical manager Steve Cleminson set the scene for quality workmanship by offering ‘Five Top Tips’ on how to get flat roofing right first time and avoid future problems.

The roof of any building is key to its performance, and not just to keep the rain out. Roofing needs to provide suitable insulation, deal with acoustic issues, even capture carbon and generate electricity. And all within the regulations, on time and on budget, and with a long, predictable lifespan.
Designing a perfect roof has never been more challenging, however SIG Design Technology have put together an 8 step guide to identify the challenges and ensure designs meet clients’ requirements.
Whether you’re designing a new roof or dealing with an existing one, the same principles apply, and they can help you on your journey.

  1. Choose the right roofing products for the right job
  2. Get reliable design expertise from one source
  3. Ensure you meet all the statutory requirements
  4. Be confident in reliability of your supply chain
  5. Use reliable, experienced roofing contractors
  6. Monitor the roofing installation on site
  7. Ensure each roof is fully guaranteed
  8. Implement appropriate planned maintenance