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Wall and Floor Tiler

Wall and Floor Tilers lay ceramic, clay, slate, marble and glass tiles on external and internal walls and floors to provide protective and decorative finishes.

Overview

Wall and Floor Tilers lay ceramic, clay, slate, marble and glass tiles on external and internal walls and floors to provide protective and decorative finishes.

Day-to-day

  • examining plans, measuring and marking surfaces and laying out work
  • preparing wall and floor surfaces by removing old tiles, grout and adhesive, filling holes and cracks, and cleaning surfaces
  • spreading adhesive onto prepared surfaces and tiles, and setting tiles in position
  • using tile-cutting tools to cut and shape tiles needed for edges and corners, and around objects such as fittings and pipes
  • ensuring tiles are correctly aligned and spaced
  • grouting tiles, and cleaning and removing excess grout
  • applying waterproofing systems
  • may lay floors of granolithic, terrazzo, cement or similar composition
  • may lay coloured tiles in patterns to create mosaics.

Considerations

  • physically demanding
  • requires driving.

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$1,330 / week
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Apprenticeships may be available

To become a Wall and Floor Tiler

  • You can work as a Wall and Floor Tiler without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate III in wall and floor tiling is usually required.

    Take a Certificate in Wall and Floor Lining

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