About the Leadworker Register
About the Leadworker Skill Levels
Roll to abutment
Flat roof with roll on roll abutments
Flat roof with staggered roll abutments
Flat roof hip roll
Bay window tops
Concave bay window roof
Lead covering to cropped roof
Flat roof with ventilators
Lead flat roof with central gutter
Flat roof with box gutter
Dormer window cheeks
Flat roof roll and drip intersections
Welted mansard slope with dormers
Fully projecting dormers
Roll and drip intersections
The list of individuals involved in the installing of lead sheet is provided to confirm the training / qualifications / assessment level that each has achieved.
Entry is available to anyone that meets the required criteria and those listed pay a small annual subscription to have their names included in the register. However registration only takes place if their details – including training courses attended, qualifications received and assessments they have been subjected to – have been independently verified.
If a person wishes to be included in the Register of Leadworkers but is unable to provide evidence of any qualification achieved or other testimony to their level of skill, they can apply to be assessed by the training staff at the Lead Sheet Association at their National Roof Training Centre in Kent, or through one of the registered satellite centres around the country.
To join the Leadworker Register download a form here or contact the Lead Sheet Association direct for further details (01622 872432 or email; firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Leadworker Register is provided to assist prospective employers wishing to verify the credentials of a potential employee, main contractors wishing to confirm the credentials of a leadworker before allowing site access, or even of a householder considering their own small building project involving lead that they wish to be installed by a person who has been trained to the appropriate level.
The list has been compiled and is provided by L&HMRTG based solely on the information and evidence provided by each individual and it should be noted that such evidence may not necessarily be current.
It should be noted that the Lead Contractors Association vet their members on a regular basis to ensure ongoing compliance with current working practices, with each member required to work in accordance with BS6915, the British Standard Code of Practice – Design and Construction of Fully Supported Lead Sheet Roof and Wall Coverings. Details of LCA members can be found on their web site www.leadcontractors.co.uk
Every effort has been made to accurately portray the level of leadwork each individual should be able to undertake, based upon the evidence provided and by providing details and illustrations of different details in lead sheet. Those referring to the list should note the ascending skill levels that can be obtained and the increasing complexity of work that may be addressed by the more skilled and experienced operative.
Those considering the engagement of persons that appear on this list should pay particular attention to the skill level achieved by each individual and assess this against the detailing and complexity of the work for which they may be engaged, in order to satisfy themselves that the appropriate level of competence is indicated.
The Leadworker Register is provided by way of information only and the L&HMRTG take no implied or specific responsibility and will accept no liability for the actual current level of knowledge, practical skills or performance of any of the individuals contained in this register.
Parapets & projections
Cornices & ledges
Cornices with welts
Cornices and parapets
Cornices and parapets
Box gutter to flat roof
Flat roof with central gutter
Hip roll end
Leadworker Level 2 - Secondary skills
Those leadworkers that have been working in the sector for more than a year will likely have progressed to this level through experience and on site development of their skills, in addition to formal training and assessment.
They would have the practical skills to be able to address more complex details when installing and have a wider knowledge of sizing and fixing requirements, as well as an awareness of some basic design issues.
Leadworkers at this level would still need some supervision and guidance, but less so than at Level 1
They should also be able to provide either directly, or through their employer, evidence of regular blood lead testing in compliance with the Control of Lead At Work (CLAW) regulations
In addition to the Level 1 skills above the Level 2 Leadworker will have the following additional skills
• Step and Cover Flashings and Secret Gutters
• Pitched Valleys
• Ridges and Hips
• Mitred Hip and Valley Soakers
• Parapet and Tapered Gutters
• Drips and Rolls for Gutters
The above skills would be gained through the training provided for the City & Guilds 6055 Certificate, Modules 1-4
Ornamental tile flashing
Roof abutment flashing
Window sill flashing
Valley and hip detail
Leadworker Level 1 - Basic skills
Likely to include those new to the industry who have undertaken induction and training in the basic levels of leadwork design and installation.
It is likely that leadworkers at this level would continue to need close supervision and guidance in design, setting out and detailing aspects of working with lead sheet.
It is unlikely a competent leadworker would remain at this level for a period longer than three years (unless there are extenuating circumstances) as during this period they should have received sufficient experience and further training to enable them to move to a higher skill level.
Therefore unless there are extenuating circumstances it is likely that an individual will be removed from the register if they remain at Level 1 for more than three years.
The Level 1 Leadworker will have the following basic skills
• Fixing of Lead Sheet Flashings
• Fixings to Abutment Walls
• Soakers and Step Flashings
• Cover Flashings
* Apron Flashings
• Chimney Flashings
The above skills can be achieved by successfully completing the Combined Basic Bossing and Welding course
Bossed and lead welded drips
Lead sheet cladding
Lead covered mouldings
Ledges and narrow projections
Welted curved projections
Curved projections and mouldings
Domes, turrets and spires
Lead rolled roof slope & curved dormers
Mansard screen with rolls
Rolled lead mansard screen
Eaves to wall abutments
Outlets with overflows
Leadworker Level 3 - High skills
To achieve level 3 status within the Register, a leadworker would likely have been regularly working in the sector for at least three years in order to have gained sufficient practical skill and design knowledge to be able to work almost entirely without supervision or require technical guidance, except on the most complex detailing.
It is also likely that they are fully aware of the health and safety aspects of working with lead and should be able to provide either directly, or through their employer, evidence of regular blood lead testing in compliance with the Control of Lead At Work (CLAW) regulations
Persons at this level would likely be conversant with recommendations for leadwork design and installation, as set out in the “Lead Sheet Manual”, published by the Lead Sheet Association and based upon the British Standard Code of Practice BS6915.
It is likely persons at this level would be able to take responsibility for more complex detailing (both design and installation) and would potentially be able to supervise the leadwork of others
In addition to the Skill Levels 1 and 2 above the Level 3 Leadworker will have the following additional skills
• Chute Outlets for Gutters
• Pipe Outlets for Gutters
• Roll Joints
• Roll and Drip Joints
• Joints and Fixings at Rolls and Drips
• Joints and Fixings at Laps
• Flat Roof Roll and Drip Intersections
The above skills would be evidenced by :
QCF Metal Roofing qualification at Level 2 in leadwork
Lead Contractors Association Advanced Leadwork Course (Silver Level)
Leadworker Level 4 - Advanced skills
At this level a leadworker should be widely experienced and competent at all aspects of detailing and installing lead sheet for roofing and cladding.
They should be able to work completely unsupervised and should be able to supervise and provide guidance to others, even for complex or non routine applications.
Those that appear on the Register at Level 4 should have an appreciation of heritage work and the options available when required to carry out hot works under restricted circumstances.
In addition to the Skill Levels 1, 2 and 3 above the Level 4 Leadworker will have the additional following skills
• Pitched Roof Joints and Fixings
• Pitched Roof Intersection with Valley
• Vertical Cladding - Joints and Fixings
• Vertical Cladding - Head Finishes
• Dormer Windows - Jambs and Cill
• Dormer Windows - Tops, Jambs, Soffit and Side Cheeks
• Bay Windows and Door Hoods
• Ventilation Details
• Decorative leadwork
• Curved work, domes and spires
• Heritage Applications
The above skills would be evidenced by:
QCF Metal Roofing qualification at Level 3 in leadwork
Advanced City & Guilds Leadwork Certificate 6055 – Module 5
Heritage Experienced Leadworker – Practical Assessment (HELPA) Certificate
CSCS Specialist Leadworker (Gold) Heritage Skills Card
Lead Contractors Association Advanced Leadwork Course (Gold Level)