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Roof Tiler

Roof Tilers work at varying heights covering roofs with tiles, sheets, insulation, flashing and fixtures to create a waterproof barrier  between the exterior and the interior of a structure.


Certificate III in Roof Tiling


Residential / Commercial

What might a working day look like?

May perform tasks including:

  • Read and interpretdrawings to determine materials required
  • Erecting ladders and scaffolds
  • Placing and securing waterproof sheets over eaves
  • Nailing and stapling roofing underlay to roofs
  • 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 pre-fabricated flashing and nailing it down

Working hours

  • Full-time hours per week


  • Mostly working outside in all weather conditions at different at heights 

Skills and personal qualities

  • Be able to understand technical drawings and plans
  • Have a careful, methodical and accurate approach to work
  • Possess problem solving skills and enjoy practical work
  • Enjoy working at heights and in the elements
  • Work as a team or independently
  • Have a reasonable level of physical fitness
  • Time management, reading and writing skills
  • Able to lift heavy material

How to get started

Entry to this occupation is by starting a Certificate III Roof Tilling apprenticeship.

Future Pathways and opportunities

  • Business owner
  • Sub-contractor
  • Supervisor
  • Leading hand

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