Job Description:

Tilers tile walls and floors in kitchens, bathrooms, shops and restaurants, using materials like ceramics, slate and marble.

Job Category:
Engineering & Construction

What you will do:

Day-to-day, you will:

  • talk to the client about the materials they want to use
  • repair or remove old tiles and surfaces
  • prepare surfaces by levelling off with plaster, sand or cement
  • mark out the area to estimate the amount of tiles and adhesive needed
  • cut tiles to size and shape with hand-cutters or bench-mounted tools
  • fix tiles in place and apply adhesives before finishing


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • knowledge of maths
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As well as:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work on your own
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to organise your time and workload (organisational skills)
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Entry Requirements:

To become a tiler, you don’t typically need specific qualifications, but certain subjects and skills can be valuable in preparing for this career. Tiling is a skilled trade that involves installing tiles on surfaces such as floors and walls. Here are some relevant subjects and skills:

  1. Mathematics: Basic math skills are important for measuring and calculating dimensions, areas, and tile quantities accurately.
  2. Design and Technology: Courses related to design and technology can help you develop practical skills in working with tools and equipment, which are essential for tiling tasks.
  3. Art and Design: Developing an eye for aesthetics and attention to detail is crucial for creating visually pleasing tile patterns and layouts.
  4. ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Proficiency in using computers can be beneficial for reading technical drawings and patterns, accessing online resources, and documenting work.
  5. English: Effective communication skills are important for understanding and following instructions, working with clients, and interacting with colleagues.
  6. Construction or Carpentry: If your school offers courses in construction or carpentry, these can provide a solid foundation for understanding building structures and surfaces on which tiles are installed.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

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

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

  • Level 1 Certificate in Wall and Floor Tiling
  • Level 2 Diploma in Wall and Floor Tiling

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

You can get into this career through a wall and floor tiling intermediate apprenticeship.

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.

Working Hours and Environment:

Typically you could work 42 to 44 hours a week, occasionally including evenings or weekends.

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 & Progression:

With experience and extra training, you could become a site supervisor, clerk of works, estimator or contract manager.

You could also work as a trainer and assessor on tiling courses, teach at a further education college, or set up your own business.