Building Insulation Installers install and apply insulating material, such as foam, granules, foil, solar film, batts and blankets, to walls, floors, windows and ceilings of buildings to insulate against heat, cold, air, sound and moisture.

Specialisations: Window Tinter (Building).

You can work as a Building Insulation Installer without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Examines plans, specifications and work sites to determine the type and quality of installations required and their location.
  • Prepares site for insulation and the installation of fittings by nailing up furring, drilling holes for screws and bolts, and erecting scaffolding and ladders.
  • Glues blocks and slabs of foamed plastic and cork to walls.
  • Operates equipment to blow and spray mineral wool, fibre fill and foam insulation material into cavities.
  • Cuts insulation material to size and shape, as well as nailing or stapling batt-type insulation to joists, studs and furring.
  • Measures, cuts and applies solar control film to windows.
  • Fits awnings, security screens, shower screens, prefabricated windows and doors, exterior cladding and other home improvements using hand tools.
  • Drills holes in wood, brick, stone and fibrous structures; fitting bolts, screws and nails into place.
  • Attaches and adjusts mechanical fittings such as cranks, locks and pull-cords.
  • Installs flashing and waterproofing to fittings, such as shower screens and prefabricated windows and doors.

More about Insulation and Home Improvement Installers

All Insulation and Home Improvement Installers

  • $1,442 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Building Insulation Installers

  • 4,200 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 77% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 4% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Building Insulation Installers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 3,100 in 2011 to 4,200 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Building Insulation Installers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Construction; Other Services; and Manufacturing.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (77%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 4% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Construction88.6
Other Services3.5
Manufacturing2.1
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1.5
Other Industries4.3

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateBuilding Insulation InstallersAll Jobs Average
NSW33.731.6
VIC25.325.6
QLD24.220.0
SA5.57.0
WA8.710.8
TAS0.92.0
NT0.31.0
ACT1.41.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketBuilding Insulation InstallersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.1-5.05.0
20-2411.5-9.39.3
25-3429.5-22.922.9
35-4424.9-22.022.0
45-5420.1-21.621.6
55-595.7-9.09.0
60-643.6-6.06.0
65 and Over1.5-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationBuilding Insulation InstallersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.7-10.110.1
Bachelor degree3.9-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.4-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV30.8-21.121.1
Year 1224.9-18.118.1
Year 119.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below25.0-12.512.5

You can work as a Building Insulation Installer without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Membership with Insulation Council of Australia and New Zealand may be useful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • working at heights ticket
  • forklift licence
  • drug and alcohol test

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Insulation and Home Improvement Installers who make good decisions, are polite, courteous and reliable.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Building and construction

    50% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  2. Mechanical

    46% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  3. Customer and personal service

    40% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Transportation

    38% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  5. Administration and management

    36% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2131.00 - Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Spend time standing

    93% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  2. Wear specialized protective or safety equipment

    86% Important

    Wear equipment like breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection.

  3. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    85% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  4. Face-to-face discussions

    85% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  5. Exposure to contaminants

    82% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2131.00 - Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall.

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