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Wall and Floor Tiling

Summary of occupation

Wall and floor tilers affix ceramic, slate, marble and glass tiles to walls and floors, using glues, grout and cement. They frequently cut tiles in order to fill small edges or make particular patterns. Tiles provide both a decorative and protective function, especially in spaces that experience ongoing wet or damp conditions such as kitchens or bathrooms. Wall and floor tilers are needed wherever construction or building renovation takes place, and while the bulk of this occurs in the Perth metropolitan area there are still opportunities to work in this occupation in other areas of the state.

ANZSCO description:

Lays ceramic, clay, slate, marble and glass tiles on external and internal walls and floors to provide protective and decorative finishes. Registration or licensing may be required.

Alternative names:

Tiler

Specialisations:

Ceramic Tiler, Mosaic Tiler

Job Prospects:

Average

Common Industrial Instrument (award)

MA0000020 Construction Industry Award

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

A wall and floor tiler needs:

  • an aptitude for practical work and for following plans
  • good vision and hand eye co-ordination
  • to be able to do basic mathematical calculations
  • good physical fitness
  • good communication and interpersonal skills for dealing with customers
  • an ability to be very precise and careful in their work

Working Conditions

Wall and floor tilers work on private and commercial construction sites or pre-existing buildings requiring renovation. They can also work at heights, which will require the use of scaffolding and ladders, or in confined spaces that can be noisy, wet and dirty. Wall and floor tilers sometimes work in small teams, and will move from job site to job site. They usually work

Qualified Salary Details

On average, wall and floor tilers can earn between $1 000 and $1 250 per week ($52 000 and $64 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for and their level of experience.

As a wall and floor tiler develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

Tools and Technologies

Wall and floor tilers work with a wide variety of tools and equipment. They use spirit levels, tape measures, squares, trowels, cement-mixing equipment and tile-cutting tools. They also wear protective clothing, such as steel-capped boots, hard hats or masks, depending on the job and work environment.

Education and Training/Entrance Requirements

To become a wall and floor tiler, you usually need to complete an apprenticeship in tile laying.

The apprenticeship usually takes between 36 and 48 months to complete and is available as a school-based apprenticeship.

ANZSCO description:

Lays ceramic, clay, slate, marble and glass tiles on external and internal walls and floors to provide protective and decorative finishes. Registration or licensing may be required.

Alternative names: Tiler

Specialisations: Ceramic Tiler, Mosaic Tiler

Job prospects: Average

Common Industrial

Instrument (award) MA0000020 Construction Industry Award

Workers in the construction industry must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card.

Recognition of Prior Learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.