Wall and Floor Tiler Kaiwhakatakoto Taera Pakitara, Taera Papa
Wall and floor tilers lay ceramic, clay, slate, marble and glass tiles.
Wall and floor tilers may do some or all of the following:
- discuss tiling designs and options with clients, and give quotes
- measure and mark surfaces based on plans
- clean and prepare surfaces
- lay liquid waterproof membrane in showers and bathrooms
- make and lay adhesives for tiles to be laid on
- cut, shape and lay tiles
- grout, seal and polish tiles.
Wall and floor tilers need to:
- have steady hands and good hand-eye co-ordination
- be comfortable crouching and kneeling for long periods of time.
Useful experience for wall and floor tilers includes any building and construction work.
Wall and floor tilers need to be:
- careful, organised, methodical and accurate
- able to follow instructions
- able to work independently and as part of a team
- good at basic maths.
Wall and floor tilers need to have:
- knowledge of tiling methods and materials
- the ability to interpret plans and clients' ideas
- ability to calculate tile layout and cut tiles with as little waste as possible
- knowledge of how to use tiling and cutting tools
- knowledge of health and safety regulations.
Self-employed wall and floor tilers also need business skills such as accounting and regulatory compliance.
Wall and floor tilers:
- usually work regular business hours, but may also work weekends and evenings
- work in buildings that are under construction, being altered or renovated
- may work at heights.
There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a wall and floor tiler. However, construction and mechanical technologies, and maths are useful.
Year 11 and 12 learners can find out more about the construction industry, and gain relevant skills, by doing a National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trades (Levels 1 and 2) through the BConstructive programme.
For Year 11 to 13 learners, trades academies and the STAR and Gateway programmes are good ways to gain relevant experience and skills.
These programmes may help you gain an apprenticeship, but do not reduce the amount of time it takes to complete it.
Wall and floor tilers may progress to set up their own wall and floor tiling business.
Years Of Training
There are no specific entry requirements to become a wall and floor tiler. However, you can do an apprenticeship and gain a New Zealand Certificate in Trowel Trades Floor and Wall Tiling (Level 4). The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) oversees apprenticeships.