As a roof tiler, you use tiles, sheets and shingles to form a waterproof surface on the roof.

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. 




  • Indoor and Outdoor work
  • Physical work 
  • Earn while you learn 

A typical day may involve:

  • studying drawings, specifications and work sites to determine materials required
  • erecting ladders and scaffolds
  • placing and securing waterproof sheets over eaves
  • nailing and stapling roofing underlay to roofs
  • aligning starter rows of roofing material with edges of roofs, securing with wire, staples and nails, and overlapping successive layers of tiles
  • sizing and cutting roofing material to fit around vents, chimney edges, corners and ridges
  • fixing edge and ridge tiles in cement mortar
  • slipping roofing material under prefabricated flashing and nailing it down
  • caulking and flashing exposed nail heads to prevent leaks
  • 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

It helps to be good at:

  • Physical tasks 
  • Using tools 
  • Working at heights 

Qualifications/pathway options:

  • Cert III Roof Tiling
  • Cert III Wall and Floor Tiling
  • Apprenticeship 

You may be able to work in:

  • Construction 

Related Roles

  • Builder and Plumbing labourer

  • Roof Plumber 

  • Builder


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