- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work on your own
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- knowledge of building and construction
- thinking and reasoning skills
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- marking out an area to estimate the amount of tiles and adhesive needed (known as setting out)
- cutting tiles to size and shape with hand-cutters or bench-mounted tools
- preparing surfaces by levelling off with plaster, sand or cement
- fixing the tiles and applying grout before finishing off
- repairing or removing the previous surface before the setting out stage
- working with various building materials
You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.
You could work at a client's home, at a client's business or on a construction site.
Your working environment may be dusty, at height, noisy and physically demanding.
With experience and extra training, you could become a site supervisor, clerk of works or contract manager.
You could also work as a trainer and assessor on tiling courses or set up your own business.