Career outlook for ceiling fixer

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Average UK salary


Currently employed in Scotland


Average UK salary


Currently employed in Scotland


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What's it like?

You would attach ceilings in buildings such as offices, schools and shops to make them pleasant and attractive places for people to work in and visit.

You’d fit suspended ceilings which will hide pipe work or wiring. They also hide heating and air conditioning systems.

You would mostly work on new developments such as offices, shops, factories, hospitals, schools and indoor arenas.

You would:

  • Set out, cut and fix the aluminium framework to support the new ceiling
  • Check that the framework is horizontal, using spirit, laser or water levels
  • Fit ceiling panels to the framework
  • Cut and shape panels to fit around lights and other fixtures

You would use various hand and power tools and work from access platforms, ladders or scaffolding so you would need to follow health and safety rules.

You may also fit insulation materials into the ceiling space before installing the panels.

On some jobs, you may help to fit partitions, fix plasterboard to walls and install raised flooring.

Working conditions


You would usually work 39 hours a week but overtime, including weekend working, may be available. Temporary contracts are also common.


You would be based indoors, often working at heights and sometimes in cramped and confined spaces. For most jobs, you would be expected to wear personal protective equipment. These could include a hard hat, overalls, high visibility jacket, safety glasses, gloves and safety footwear.


You would have to travel from job to job. A driving licence may be needed.

UK employment status





Self employed


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  • Time management
  • Managing resources
  • Implementing ideas
  • Developing a plan
  • Attention to detail
  • Verbal communication
  • Resourceful
  • Working with numbers

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.


A Modern Apprenticeship leading to relevant work-based experience and qualifications such as a Scottish Vocational Qualification in Interior Systems (Construction): Ceiling Fixing (SCQF Level 5).

There are no formal qualifications required to enter an apprenticeship but some employers may ask for qualifications at SCQF level 4/5.

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • practical technologies subjects

You will also need

You usually need to pass an aptitude test to enter this role.

You must hold a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent and pass a health and safety test to work and train on construction sites.

Helpful to have

Qualifications that demonstrate an understanding of the industry and practical skills such as Skills for Work Construction (SCQF level 4/5) may be of value.

A driving licence can be useful.