So, you want to be a roof tiler? Can you:
- Put your physical fitness to use whilst at work – including bending, balancing, climbing and lifting
- Working at heights
- Working with your hands
- Work outdoors
What do roof tilers do?
- Cut and fix roof tiles (including tiles of concrete, clay, metal or similar material, shingles and shakes) to roof and fascia structures.
- Set out and fix battens.
- Bedding, pointing and installing of associated flashing.
- Install safety mesh, sarking and antiponding boards.
- Install firewall insulation and metal straps to battens.
- Install skylights
- Refurbish and maintain roofs, excluding painting roofs.
How do I become a roof tiler?
Firstly, you will need to do some work experience so that you know what the job is about. If you think it’s for you, find an employer that is looking for an apprentice roof tiler. You will then become an apprentice roof tiler and will you will complete a certificate III in General Construction (roof tiling) at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
Once you have completed the four year apprenticeship, you will be a qualified tradie!
Once you are a tradie in the construction industry, you can continue working for small or large companies and move into leading hand, supervising or management positions. You might even want to start your own business and employ apprentices yourself. Some tradies even go on to further education to complete courses from Certificate IV to bachelor level. There are plenty of options for qualified roof tilers.