Alternative titles for this job include Drylining fixer

Dryliners use plasterboard and panels to build internal walls, suspended ceilings and raised flooring in houses, offices and shops.

Average salary (a year)

£22,000 Starter


£43,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 44 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays

How to become

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How to become Dryliner

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly


You could take a college course to get some of the skills you need in this job. Courses include:

  • drylining
  • construction skills - drylining

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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You could apply to do an Interior Systems Installer Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship.

This typically takes 2 years to complete and is a mix of training in the workplace and off-site study.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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You could join a company as a dryliner's labourer or 'mate'. Your employer may be willing to put you through training while you work to become a qualified dryliner.

Direct Application

You can apply directly for jobs if you've got on-site construction experience in joinery, plastering or ceiling fixing.

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Further information

You can get more details about drylining as a career from Go Construct and House Building Careers.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

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

Restrictions and Requirements

You may need a driving licence for some jobs.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a dryliner, you'll:

  • measure and cut plasterboard to the right size, following plans
  • fix panels to timber and metal frames, or to ceiling joists, using studs
  • cut panels to fit around doorways and create openings for windows
  • seal joints using tape, filler or adhesive
  • apply a thin layer of plaster over panels and joints, known as skimming
  • sand down work areas ready for painting and decorating
  • dispose of any building waste safely

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 physically demanding and at height.

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

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience and further training, you could move into:

  • site management
  • estimating
  • plastering
  • drylining quantity surveying

You could also train apprentices in further education or 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

CGLI L2 Dip in Drylining

  • Provider: NCG
  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Dry Lining

  • Start date: 04 September 2024
  • Location: Cinderford

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