Tiler

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Wall tiler, floor tiler, ceramic tiler

Tilers tile walls and floors in kitchens, bathrooms, shops, hotels and restaurants.

Salary Range: £17,000 to £38,000

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How to become a tiler

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
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College

You could take a college course to learn some of the skills needed to do this job. Courses include:

  • Level 1 Certificate in Wall and Floor Tiling
  • Level 2 Diploma in Wall and Floor Tiling
  • Level 2 Certificate in Wall and Floor Tiling for Property Maintenance

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course
  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

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Apprenticeship

You can get into this career through a wall and floor tiling intermediate apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Work

You may be able to start as a site labourer and do further training on the job to qualify as a tiler.

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Registration

Further information

You’ll find more details about tiling careers and training from Go Construct and The Tile Association.

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work on your own
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • marking out an area to estimate the amount of tiles and adhesive needed (known as setting out)
  • cutting tiles to size and shape with hand-cutters or bench-mounted tools
  • preparing surfaces by levelling off with plaster, sand or cement
  • fixing the tiles and applying grout before finishing off
  • repairing or removing the previous surface before the setting out stage
  • working with various building materials

Working environment

You could work at a client’s home, at a client’s business or on a construction site.

Your working environment may be dusty, at height, noisy and physically demanding.

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

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Career path and progression

With experience and extra training, you could become a site supervisor, clerk of works or contract manager.

You could also work as a trainer and assessor on tiling courses or set up your own business.