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Become a roof tiler, start an apprenticeship

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The encouragement of a fellow Holmesglen student led Emmanuel Makeer to his roof tiling apprenticeship. 

Studying the CPC30812 Certificate III in Roof Tiling part time while he undertakes his apprenticeship, Emmanuel is gaining on-site work experience and moving closer to his goal of starting his own business. 

Roof tilers are deemed essential workers in the building and construction industry. They build, repair and renovate tile roofs on a range of residential and commercial projects. If your building and construction interests are aligned with this work, a career in roof tiling may be for you. 

What does a roof tiler do? 

According to the Victorian Skills Gateway website, roof tilers undertake a wide range of tasks, such as preparing and installing roofing equipment and materials, examining drawings and plans, and sizing and cutting tiles.  

Emmanuel says his on-site tasks are always varied, so he’s getting better at what he’s doing every day. His apprenticeship has taken him to work sites around metropolitan Melbourne and as far as Geelong.  

In the morning, the roof tiling team do the ground jobs, setting up the on-site equipment. They then place the battens on the roof. Some team members go on to cut the tiles in preparation for the day’s work. 

“You just get that rhythm going,” says Emmanuel of his practical training. 

At Holmesglen, roof tiling apprentices learn skills to complement and support their on-the-job training. This knowledge includes learning about occupational health and safety on a construction site, and how to work safely with equipment, complete measurements, and construct and remove restricted height scaffolding. 

What qualities make a good roof tiler? 

A successful building and construction project is the result of different trades professionals working together on a shared goal. Roof tilers work in their teams, but also as part of larger on-site construction teams. In addition to the practical and work-related skills, Emmanuel says roof tilers should be: 
  • go-getters, who just keep learning 
  • reliable 
  • team players 
  • good communicators. 
“My punctuality has really improved, as well as how I think and my problem-solving abilities.” 

How do I start a roof tiling apprenticeship? 

To start an apprenticeship, you must find an employer who will take you on as an apprentice. Once this is achieved, you will enter a training contract, which is signed by you and your employer. A representative from the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network will help you complete this requirement. 

Holmesglen offers the CPC30812 Certificate III in Roof Tiling apprenticeship as a part-time, 36-week course at our Chadstone campus. 

“Give it your best go, because you’ll then get the best experience out of it. The experience of how much I’ve learnt and how far I’ve gone has been the most rewarding thing,” says Emmanuel. 

What are my further building and construction training options? 

Our roof tiling apprenticeship has pathway options into the CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) and CPC50210 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building). Both these courses are on the Free TAFE, available to eligible students. The Certificate IV is a full-time or part-time course that teaches students to run a small to medium construction business. Graduates go onto work as registered builders and construction managers. 

The flexible full-time or part-time diploma builds on this knowledge and is suited for those who coordinate the construction of buildings. 
Find out what training and career options are available to you at our flooring, plastering and roof tiling courses page. 
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