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Dryliners create walls and rooms in buildings. They use plasterboard to hide pipes and wires, make space for insulation and smooth out uneven surfaces. They can build suspended ceilings, raised floors, and provide specialist soundproofing. The role involves measuring, cutting and attaching plasterboard (fixing), and sealing over joints between boards to smooth the edges (finishing).

Average salary*




Typical hours per week

42 - 44

How to become a dryliner

There are several routes to becoming a dryliner. You can start on your career path by studying on a college course or doing an apprenticeship.

You should explore the options to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options will list qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and able to follow instructions.

You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.

College/training provider

You may have to attend a specialist college/training provider to train as a dryliner. You could study for a Level 1 Award in Dry Lining Operations or a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Dry Lining.

You’ll generally need:


If you are aged between 16 and 24 you may be eligible for a traineeship. This is a short course (2 weeks - 6 months) which helps you to gain work experience in your chosen role.


An apprenticeship with a construction firm is a good way into the industry.

Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.

An intermediate apprenticeship in drylining takes around 2 years to complete. Alternatively, you could initially follow a plastering apprenticeship route, and then specialise in drylining.

You’ll generally need some GCSEs (or equivalent), including English and maths, to do an apprenticeship.


If you can find a job as a dryliner’s labourer, mate or assistant, your employer may help you to do further training on-the-job to gain more skills.

If you have on-site experience in woodworking, plastering or partitioning experience, you may be able to apply directly to an employer for a job.

Work experience

Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works in construction. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.

What does a dryliner do?

As a dryliner you could be:

  • Measuring and cutting plasterboard to the right size
  • Fixing boards to metal or timber ceiling joists
  • Cutting boards to fit around doorways and windows
  • Sealing joints using fillers and adhesives
  • Taping over seals and applying plaster to the boards
  • Sanding down surfaces ready for painting and decorating
  • Working at a client’s home or business, or on a construction site.

How much coudl you earn as a dryliner?

  • Newly trained dryliners can earn in the region of £17,000 - £20,000
  • Trained with experience dryliners can earn in the region of £20,000 - £30,000
  • Senior or master dryliners can earn in the region of £30,000

Salaries depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.

* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019


Check out the latest Dryliner vacancies: 

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Career path and progression

You could progress to become a drylining quantity surveyor or an estimator. Alternatively, you could become a site supervisor or team leader and earn a higher salary.

It is possible for dryliners to specialise or move into a related trade. You could become a ceiling fixer, partitioning systems operative or plasterer.

You could set up your own business and work as a subcontractor for construction companies.

Progression Opportunities

Explore the progression opportunities below

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