Dry liner

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

Average salary (a year)

£17,000 Starter


£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays

How to become

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How to become a dry liner

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 needed in this job. Courses include:

  • Level 1 Certificate in Construction Skills
  • Level 2 Diploma in Dry Lining

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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You could get into this job through 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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You could join a company as a dry liner's labourer or 'mate'. Once working, your employer may be willing to put you through training towards industry qualifications.

Direct Application

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

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Further information

You can find more details about careers and training in dry lining from Go Construct.

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
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • knowledge of maths
  • the ability to organise your time and workload
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • physical fitness and endurance
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You may need a driving licence to transport yourself and your equipment from job to job.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You will:

  • measure and cut plasterboard to the right size
  • fix panels to timber, metal frames or ceiling joists using special studs
  • cut panels to fit around doorways and create openings for windows
  • seal joints using filler or adhesive
  • tape over seals either by hand or with a taping machine
  • apply a thin layer of plaster over the tape - skimming
  • sand down the area ready for painting and decorating

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 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, you could become a site supervisor, estimator or dry lining quantity surveyor. You could also take training to move into other construction trades like carpentry and joinery.

You could set up your own dry lining business.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Level 2 Interior Systems Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £152.25 - £287.35 Weekly
  • Location: Not known

Interior Systems Installer Apprentice

  • Wage: £156.00 Weekly
  • Location: Bromsgrove

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