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Tiler - Wall and Floor

Apprenticeship Year 10 Preferred

Also known as Floor Tiler.

Wall and floor tilers lay ceramic, clay, slate, marble, glass and other types of tiles on external and internal walls and floors to provide protective and decorative finishes.

Wall and floor tilers sometimes work in confined areas where bending and kneeling is required. They lift and carry cement and stacks of tiles. They sometimes work at heights using ladders or scaffolding.

Most tilers work in small teams and move frequently from one job location to another.


    Wall and floor tilers may perform the following tasks:

  • look at plans, measure and mark surfaces to be covered and lay out work
  • prepare wall and floor surfaces by removing old tiles, grout, cement and adhesive
  • use tile-cutting tools to cut and shape tiles needed for edges, corners, or around obstacles such as fittings and pipes
  • attach tiles to surfaces, using correct adhesive, making sure that patterned tiles match
  • space and even the tiles by using tools such as spirit levels, squares and plumb-lines
  • prepare and apply grout, remove excess grout, clean and polish tiles
  • lay floors of cement, granolithic, terrazzo or similar composition
  • apply waterproofing systems


  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • able to work at heights
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • able to make simple calculations
  • able to work independently
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • able to work neatly and accurately

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Apprenticeship Year 10 Preferred

To become a wall and floor tiler you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in Wall and Floor Tiling.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

    In NSW, wall and floor tilers carrying out work valued at more than $1000 must either hold, or work under someone who holds, a valid building contractor's licence issued by NSW Fair Trading. See www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au for more information.

    All those who work in the construction industry must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (CIC). In NSW, training is conducted by Registered Training Organisations authorised by SafeWork NSW. In the ACT, training is provided by Registered Training Organisations approved by WorkSafe ACT.


Most tilers are either self-employed or work for small privately owned firms that carry out contract building work. A few are employed by firms manufacturing or selling tiles. They work mainly in cities or wherever large-scale building projects are under construction. Much of the work is undertaken on new buildings, including houses, shops, offices, factories and swimming pools. Wall and floor tilers also carry out renovations to existing buildings.

Demand for wall and floor tilers is closely linked to the level of construction activity.

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