Tiler

Alternative titles for this job include Wall tiler, floor tiler, ceramic tiler

Tilers fix tiles to walls and floors in kitchens, bathrooms, shops and restaurants, using materials like ceramics, slate, stone and marble.

Average salary (a year)

£21,000 Starter

to

£38,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 45 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends occasionally

How to become

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How to become Tiler

You can get into this job through:

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

College

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

  • wall and floor tiling
  • construction skills - tiling

Some colleges offer short DIY courses in tiling that you can try before deciding whether to take a longer course that leads to a qualification.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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Apprenticeship

You could apply to do a Wall and Floor Tiling Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship.

This can take up to 3 years to complete and combines on-the-job training with 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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Work

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

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Registration

Further information

You can find more details about tiling careers and training from:

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 your hands
  • knowledge of maths
  • the ability to work well with others
  • customer service skills
  • design skills and knowledge
  • the ability to organise your time and workload
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

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 wall and floor tiler, you'll:

  • work out the amount of materials needed for a job
  • follow design plans to match the layout of tile patterns
  • cut tiles to the correct shape and size by hand or with power tools
  • prepare surfaces by levelling off with plaster, sand or cement
  • fix tiles into place and apply grouting and sealants
  • tidy up work areas and dispose of old materials 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 dusty, noisy and physically demanding.

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 extra training, you could move into:

  • site management
  • estimating
  • contract management
  • heritage work

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

Level 2 Wall & Floor Tiling Apprenticeship - Kensington & Chelsea

  • Wage: £11,648 to £20,820.80 a year Annually
  • Location: , ,

Courses In England

Level 1 Diploma in Wall & Floor Tiling

  • Provider: CITY OF PORTSMOUTH COLLEGE
  • Start date: 09 September 2024
  • Location: Portsmouth

Diploma in Wall and Floor Tiling

  • Provider: NCG
  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: London

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