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Tiling

The Trade Services Training Centre runs many types of tiling courses. Courses can be taken as stand alone courses or as part of our popular multi skilled programme.

The Tiling Industry
Due to the continuing demand for skilled tillers, our tiling training courses have become a favorite for those students wishing military and civilian who wish to enter this area of the construction industry.

Skilled tillers can earn 45K per year. At our Tiling Training Centre we have tiling courses ideally suited to individuals who wish to become professional tillers. The tiling courses are available for anyone who wishes to enter the tiling industry or carry out home maintenance tiling work.

Trade Services Tiling Courses
Our 1 to 6 week tiling courses are aimed at those who have no experience in tiling and wish to upgrade their skills and knowledge. After these courses you will be a confident tiler able to undertake a variety of tiling work professionally.

The tiling course includes setting out, practical tiling in our own full size tiling bay / room, cutting for difficult shapes, understanding different adhesives, grouts and applications. For the student who wishes to become an advanced tiler tiling training can be bespoke designed specifically for a particular need.

All courses can be used as evidence in their own right for the NVQ Level 2 in tiling, in addition Trade Services can help you gain your CSCS card as we are an accredited OSAT Centre.

Please contact us for more information.

Below is more information on Trade Service Tiling Courses

Trade Services 1 Week Tiling Course
This tiling course aims to give you a basic introduction to tiling, for use on your own home or domestic tiling project. The course will focius on gaining practical tiling experience; however some of the time will be spent with a tutor giving you an understanding of the elements of the trade.

Tiling Tools

You will be shown the tools required for the job and given an overview of what each tool is for, when it is used and its correct usage whilst undertaking tiling in the workplace.

A bit of time is spent on the care and maintenance of tools. You will also review the most commonly used adhesives. Your tutor will finish off with a discussion of the good and bad habits which tilers pick up.

Practical Tiling and getting started

The importance of setting out a tiling quote: principles involved, tips and good practice whilst tiling , cleanliness, and dealing with difficult customers. The emphasis will be on cost of materials, suppliers and dealing with other trades. Finally, there will be a tiling exam to ensure that your tiling knowledge is sufficient.

What about getting the job done?

Throughout the week you will gain practical experience on how to tile around common kitchen and bathroom fixtures and how to deal with common pitfalls such as uneven walls, pipes and sockets. The tutor will begin with a demonstration on how to use the tools including: cutting, marking out, and nibbling.

The areas you will gain experience with are:

  • Preparing a safe working area and following safe working practices

  • Identifying any hazards and how you would rectify them

  • Checking for poor or uneven surfaces

  • Selecting and using appropriate tools and equipment to prepare a straight run for tiling

  • Selecting and applying the appropriate adhesive and grouting

  • Cleaning tiles after fixing and grouting
Throughout the Trade Services Tiling Course you will be encouraged to take photographs of your work. On each project you will be expected to plan the layout and measure for the tiles to be used, and then provide the estimate of what you determine will be required to complete the job before collection. On completion you will be assessed to determine if you are within your estimate. Remember: time is money and waste means lack of profit.

What will I need to bring?

You will be required to bring steel-capped boots or shoes and suitable clothing such as overalls. All tools and other material will be provided by Trade Services for the duration of your course. Safety goggles will also be available for your use.

Trade Services 2 Week Tiling Course
The Trade Services 2 week tiiing course carries on from where the 1 week tiling course finishes. Building on what you learnt during your first week, you will go straight into further preparation for wall tiling.

Week 2

You will continue practicing the application of the practical knowledge on wall tiling. In addition there will be further work on:

  • Marking and cutting tiles to fit around obstacles such as around wash basin and sockets and fix tiles to wall area

  • Select and mix grout according to instructions and apply to tiled area using correct tools and following correct procedures

  • Clean off surplus grout with a sponge
Your two week tiling course session will finish with question and answer session with students to recap the two weeks of training.

Trade Services 4 Week Tiling Course
Work toward a National Qualification & attain your CSCS Card (Trade Services has an in house OSAT Assessor who will help you gain a CSCS Card).

If you would like to achieve an NVQ2 in Tiling, the course outline below illustrates some of the units you will need to demonstrate competence in. To complete your NVQ2 you will need to demonstrate your skills and competence in the workplace where you will be assessed according to your level of ability. The skills which you demonstrate alongside additional evidence generated by you on site will be examined by an assessor in the workplace. This can be arranged through an the Trade Services OSAT registered centre.

While you are in the training centre you will gain the skills and confidence to help you achieve long term sustainable employment. We will register you with the CITB - awarding body and register and help you take the first steps towards achieving your site safety card (CSCS card). We will also give you advice regarding CITB criteria for holding the card.

The goal of this course is to give you the basics elements of tiling for use on your own home or to add on to another skill which you already have. The emphasis will be on gaining practical tiling experience, but some of the time will be spent with an tiling instructor giving you an understanding of the basics of the tiling trade.

You will cover the same areas as with the two week course and then you will cover the following in weeks 3 and 4:

Week 3

You will develop your skill with wall tiling during week three. An important skill you will learn is setting up a datum line using different methods. You will be expected to mark out the gauge rod, prepare wall area for tiling, make sure wall area is sound and remove all obstacles where possible.

Developing your wall tiling skills

Additional practical experience will include:

  • Fixing battens to wall area around room to begin first full course of tiles

  • Making sure cuts are equal around wall areas- remember to practice cleanliness of work area

  • Fixing tiles to wall areas in bathroom and kitchen areas, grout tiles, and remove surplus grout before set is complete
Using theory the instructor will lead a discussion on:
  • Working with Quarry tiles (Limestone, Marble, Mosaics)

  • Pattern tiling and borders with octagonal patterns and wavy edge tiles

  • Complete tiling of kitchen and bathroom areas

  • Q&A session

Week 4

In week four, if you are comfortable with your progress on wall tiling you can progress to the floor. Floor tiling can be significantly more difficult than the wall work so the level of skill required is greatly increased.

You will commence with the selection of correct adhesives and grout for floor tiling and throughout learn how to use materials economically.

Preparing the Floor

  • Make sure floor area is dry, sound, and dust free

  • Clear area where passable

  • Find centre of floor and lay floor adhesive using correct tool

  • Lay to straight line and continue across floor area (make sure floor is flat and tiles are spaced evenly – use spacers when necessary)

  • Make sure there are no raised edges

  • Leave floor to set

Grouting the Floor

  • Check grout consistency before using

  • Practice measuring and marking out around pedestal and WC

  • Use tile saw and hand cutting and nibbling tools to deliver the required shape

  • Demonstrate cutting and shaping

What you need to bring

You will be required to bring steel-capped boots or shoes and overalls. All tools and other material will be provided for the duration of the course. Safety goggles will be made available for your use.

Trade Services 6 Week Tiling Course
Work toward a National Qualification & attain your CSCS Card

Our 6 week course carries on from the 4 week tiling course.

If you would like to achieve an NVQ2 in Tiling, the course outline below illustrates some of the units you will need to demonstrate competence in. To complete your NVQ2 you will need to demonstrate your skills and competence in the workplace where you will be assessed according to your level of ability. The skills which you demonstrate alongside additional evidence generated by you on site will be examined by an assessor in the workplace. This can be arranged through an OSAT registered centre.

While you are in the training centre you will gain the skills and confidence to help you achieve long term sustainable employment. We will register you with the CITB - awarding body and register and help you take the first steps towards achieving your site safety card (CSCS card). We will also give you advice regarding CITB criteria for holding the card.

The goal of this course is to provide you with an excellent foundation and a rounded set of skills to start working as a tiler either as your primary trade or to add on to another skill which you already have. Tiling skills are required for all sorts of work from bathroom and kitchen installation to setting out patios and steps. The emphasis will be on gaining practical experience, but some of the time will be spent with an instructor giving you an understanding of the basics of the trade.

This tiling course is aimed primarily at those seeking to earn a living as a tiler and so is looking to gain maximum experience and knowledge of the main areas of the trade, but it is also good for those who want to add it as another skill and get additional experience.

The approach will be similar to the 4 week course covering all of the same areas within the same timeframe. Having gained confidence in what you have learned in the first four weeks you will move into more complex areas and demanding materials.

Week five

This week will focus on more advanced wall tiling. You will follow a similar set-up as in week three but with the introduction of borders and patterns as the main focus of the week.

You will work to achieve a tiled wall area that integrates the more advance techniques of tiling.

Week six

This final week will focus on more advanced floor tiling. Complex use of borders and patterns on the floor area will be the main focus. The accuracy of the laying of tiles will be stressed as you need to cut and lay floor tiles without too much wastage to be a successful tiler.

What you need to bring

You will be required to bring steel-capped boots or shoes and overalls. All tools and other material will be provided for the duration of the course. Safety goggles will be available for your use.

Tips on running a successful business

For those of you who will be looking to start up your own business this will be a useful introduction to topics such as tax, VAT, getting an accountant, registration of your business with Inland Revenue and opening a business bank account. It will also give an introduction to marketing opportunities such as local papers, stores’ notice boards, vehicle signage, sign boards outside current job site.

Your success depends on your reputation which is based on cleanliness, quoting correctly, and giving reasonable estimates for the time of the job being adhered to.

Please contact us for more information.