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Ceiling fixer

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

Average salary (a year)

£17,000 Starter


£34,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends

How to become

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How to become 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
  • Level 2 Diploma in Interior Systems
  • Level 2 Diploma in Dry Lining

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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You could complete an interior systems installer intermediate apprenticeship.

This typically takes 24 months to complete as a mix of learning in the workplace and off-the-job study.

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 construction labourer or tradesperson will be helpful.

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Further information

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

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • knowledge of maths
  • physical fitness and endurance
  • the ability to organise your time and workload
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • 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

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this job, you could:

  • read technical drawings to plan the tasks on a job
  • work from access platforms, ladders or scaffolding
  • measure, set out and cut aluminium frameworks that hold ceiling panels
  • fit insulation materials into ceiling spaces
  • use hand and power tools to install panels
  • trim panels to fit around fixtures like lights
  • create gaps for tradespeople, like electricians, to get access
  • fit partitioning, dry lining or raised access flooring
  • check the quality of work

Working environment

You could work at a client's business, 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

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could:

  • move into site supervision
  • get a manager position
  • set up your own business

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Drylining Installer (Ref ASH-0002-24)

  • Wage: £13,312 a year Annually
  • Location: St. Leonards-On-Sea

Interior Systems Apprentice

  • Wage: £13,312 a year Annually
  • Location: Plymouth

Courses In England

Award in Construction Skills

  • Provider: Mary Hare School
  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: Newbury

Certificate in Construction Skills

  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: London

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