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Roof tiler

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Summary of occupation

Roof Tilers cover roofs with tiles, sheets and shingles to form a waterproof surface.

Roof Tilers study drawings to determine materials, erect equipment, secure waterproof sheets, underlay and roofing material.

Roof Tilers need to enjoy heights, working in the elements and be able to lift heavy material.

ANZSCO description: Cover roofs with tiles, sheets and shingles to  form a waterproof surface. Registration or licensing may be required.
Alternative names: Roofer
Specialisations: Roof Fixer, Roof Shingler, Roof Slater
Job prospects: Average
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A Roof Tiler needs:

• Manual dexterity and a good sense of balance
• Strength and stamina to work with heavy tools and materials
• Ability to work at heights
• Strength to move heavy ladders or set up scaffolding
• Desire to do a precise and thorough job

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Working conditions

Roof tilers generally work a 40-hour, five-day week, but overtime may be required to meet construction deadlines. Those who work for themselves would normally work longer hours including weekends to complete the job as quoted. You'll work outdoors on roofs of varying heights, sometimes from ladders and scaffolds. You must observe safe working practices to avoid falling and injury when working with hazardous materials. The heat can be intense for those working on roof structure in the summer. You'll routinely be required to lift materials and equipment weighing up to and in excess of 25 kilograms.

A Roof Tiler's work involves a lot of bending, climbing and lifting. They work outdoors in all weather conditions.Some travel may be required to get to various work sites.

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Salary details

On average, roof tilers can make between $1 000 and $1 249 per week ($52 000 and $64 999 per year), depending on experience and the organisation they work for. As a roof tiler develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

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Tools and technologies

A Roof Tiler may use: Cable hoists; belt elevators; batten trolleys; tile cutters; trimming trays; chipping hammers; bedding frames; nail guns; clouts; nails; cement; flexible pointing binder; trowels; slaters hammer; slate cutter; English/German ripper; etc.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a roof tiler, you usually need to complete an apprenticeship in roof tiling. The apprenticeship usually takes between 36 to 48 months to complete. This course is available as a school-based apprenticeship.

Workers in the construction industry must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card. In Western Australia, training is conducted by registered training organisations authorised by WorkSafe.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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