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Ceiling fixer

Alternative titles for this job include

Ceiling fixers fit suspended ceilings in buildings to cover up pipework, wiring, and heating and air conditioning systems.

Average salary (a year)

£16,000 Starter


£33,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends

How to become a ceiling fixer

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You could take a college course, which may help you to get a trainee job. Courses include:

  • Level 1 Certificate in Construction Skills
  • Level 2 Certificate in Construction Operations

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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You could complete an interior systems installer 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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Direct Application

You could apply directly to work as a ceiling fixer. Employers may ask for GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English, maths and design and technology. Experience as a labourer or tradesperson is useful but not essential.

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Further information

You can find out more about careers and training in construction from Go Construct.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of maths
  • the ability to organise your time and workload
  • physical fitness and endurance
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

  • have a good level of fitness

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • using hand and power tools and working from access platforms, ladders or scaffolding
  • setting out, cutting and fixing aluminium frameworks
  • checking frameworks are horizontal, using spirit, laser or water levels
  • fitting ceiling panels to frameworks
  • cutting and shaping panels to fit around lights and other fixtures
  • fitting insulation materials into ceiling spaces before installing panels
  • fitting partitioning, dry lining, or raised access flooring

Working environment

You could work at a client's home or on a construction site.

Your working environment may be cramped and at height.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into supervisory or site management. 

You could set up your own business.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Interior Systems Installer level 2 Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £10,000.00 Annually
  • Location:

Drylining Apprentice

  • Wage: £156.00 Weekly
  • Location: Plymouth

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