RCAT Licensed Roofing Contractor Program Information

The "License" referenced below is provided through and fully managed by the Roofing Contractors Association of Texas.

INTRODUCTION: The Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation does NOT currently administer licensure for roofing contractors. Anyone can call themselves a roofer in Texas and they are not required to be knowledgeable, insured, licensed, or even registered with the state. Roofing is a highly skilled trade and the roof is structurally the most important component protecting the contents and integrity of the home or business! Texas residents deserve a higher standard so the RCAT Licensed Roofing Contractor program was developed to increase consumer protection and secure public confidence in the roofing industry by elevating the roofing contractor’s knowledge and professionalism through voluntary self-regulation.

WHO IS TO BE LICENSED: Individuals are to be licensed, not companies, however the license holder must own, operate or manage a qualifying roofing company to participate in the program. That company may then market themselves as "licensed." Licensing is available for both Residential and Commercial Roofing Contractors; a Contractor can choose to apply for licensing in one or both categories. Licensing is open to all Roofing Contractors in Texas who meet the qualifications required on the application.


  1. MUST be a principal in a roofing company domiciled in the State of Texas for at least three continuous years immediately prior to the date of application. The roofing company must have a fixed address with a physical location. A principal is defined as one who is actively engaged in the day to day management of the business, and is also in one of the following categories:
    • Sole Proprietor – Owner
    • Partnership – Managing partner, general partner, or partner with at least 25% ownership interest.
    • Corporate – Executive officer or majority owner of voting stock.
  1. Must meet all requirements on the application form.
  2. Must submit completed, signed and notarized application with appropriate fees.
  3. Must submit satisfactory evidence of the roofing company's financial responsibility as required in the application, consisting of:

-For a commercial contractor applicants: $500,000 combined single limit general liability insurance or
evidence that your firm can obtain a $100,000 surety bond, property bond or irrevocable letter of credit you may send a copy of a previous bond that meets the amount stated.

-For residential contractor applicants: $300,000 combined single limit general liability insurance or
evidence that your firm can obtain a $100,000 surety bond, property bond or irrevocable letter of credit you may send a copy of a previous bond that meets the amount stated.

-Worker’s compensation or other insurance plan providing approximately equivalent benefits and in compliance with Texas laws governing such coverage which is acceptable to the Licensing Committee OR proof of current year filing with the State of Texas form *DWC Form-005, Employer Notice of No Coverage or Termination of Coverage as required by law.

Texas Department of Insurance (TDI): Information for Workers' Compensation Non-subscribers:    

*DWC Form-005

  1. Must pass a basic business and safety knowledge exam plus residential and/or commercial roofing exam with a score of 70% or better on each exam.

Once one or more principal for the roofing company qualifies for Licensing, per all of the terms above, other company managers (non-proprietors) are then qualified to apply for licensing (special terms apply so the application for managers is available upon request to the RCAT office). Managers also are required to pass the exams per number five above.

EXAMINATIONS: To qualify for the roofing license, each individual must pass a basic business and safety knowledge exam plus the residential and/or commercial roofing exam(s) with a score of 70% or better on each exam. The exams are to be administered and taken on-line using a secure web portal. Once an applicant has been approved, information needed to take the exams will be provided. See the “RCAT Examination Information & Rules” in the document library for more information. YOU MUST PASS THE EXAMINATIONS WITHIN 1 YEAR OF APPROVAL DATE OR THE APPLICATION WILL BE VOIDED AND FEES ARE NOT REFUNDABLE.


RCAT Members*:                           Non-Members:

Commercial License                           $550.00*                                          $850.00

Residential License                             $550.00*                                          $850.00

Both Exams                                             $750.00*                                          $1050.00

*For member rate your RCAT membership dues must be current.

Fees include application processing, examinations, recording, licensing and re-exam if not passing the first time.  The application and fee are valid for one year from the date of submission. If for some reason you are not approved for the Program a $25 application fee will be retained by RCAT and the balance of the fees paid will be refunded. REFUNDS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED FOR FAILING TO TAKE OR PASS THE REQUIRED EXAMINATIONS WITHIN 1 YEAR.

RENEWAL:  The Licensing period is for one year following date of inception.  A license can be renewed by:

  1. Meeting the same application qualifications outlined here (you do not need to take the exams more than one time as long as the license remains active).
  2. Providing evidence of having taken 8 Continuing Education Units (CEU Hours) at approved workshops or seminars during that 12 month period. A list of approved workshops/seminars will be provided.  If you attend a workshop/seminar that is not on the approved list you will need to contact the RCAT office in advance to seek approval of credits.
  3. Returning the signed renewal form.
  4. Paying the annual renewal fee.

RENEWAL FEE:  $250 Annually

TERMINATION:  License may be terminated for any individual by the Licensing Advisory Board for any one of the following reasons:

  1. Failure to meet the program requirements at the time of renewal.
  2. Failure to meet the requirements of approved temporary "Inactive Status."
  3. Disciplinary action as deemed by the Board.

Once a License is terminated it can not be re-instated. A new application and re-examination and the full fee will be required for the individual to become licensed again. All program requirements in effect at the time of the new application must also be met.