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Tiling Courses and Training

Tiling courses are available across all skill levels, from hobby and craft enthusiasts to experienced professionals. If you're a beginner tiler, you may have questions like:

  • Where to start tiling?
  • How to prepare a wall for tiling?
  • How long does plaster take to dry before tiling?

These types of tiling questions can be answered in a beginner tiling course, while more expert-level topics like tiling with natural materials or how to achieve different tiling patterns and styles are covered in intermediate and advanced tiling courses. Many tiling professionals take tiling courses to be awarded a certification quantifying their tiling skill set.

How are tiling courses delivered?

Training in tile setting is most commonly and effectively done on-site so that participants can learn the practical aspects of the craft. Providers of tiling courses usually operate out of a studio environment where a mock construction site has been set up, allowing students to create tile work, experience the demolition process and re-create the tile work. All materials and tools are usually included in course fees. Participants will receive training in the details and techniques of performing the craft as well as the health and safety factors of working with tiling.

What kind of certification will you receive?

Many tiling courses include professional and vocational qualifications, such as NVQ, and are recognised by the City & Guilds.

City and Guilds is the largest chartered professional organisation and the largest accrediting body of vocational training in the UK. C&G courses are offered at different training levels and have diverse applications in the construction industry. Professional building activities like interior plastering, external rendering, venetian marble plastering, plumbing and bricklaying are only some of the training specialisations designed in collaboration with City & Guilds.

Tiling in the Construction Industry

Tiling is an important area within the construction industry. Tiling is most commonly used in kitchens, bathrooms and roofing and is an increasingly valuable part of property development in order to increase real estate value. Many tiling courses are strongly focused on construction.

Tile setters are highly skilled and valued personnel who are expected to balance the stability, functionality and sustainability needs of a structure or room with the aesthetic demands of a client. While much of the aesthetic decisions are made by the clients themselves, it is the responsibility of a tile setter to recognise when an aesthetic choice compromises a structural necessity.

Related training areas

During site-specific construction projects, experts in tiling work in collaboration with other specialists in building to consolidate the sustainability of the project as a whole. DIY tiling courses are also available for those who would like to learn this skill well enough for home improvement. Professional training in construction has undergone many updates during the last decades in regards to potentially harmful substances and harmful materials on construction sites. Asbestos awareness is one of the most widely implemented training measures throughout the UK. 

No matter your level, a training course form one of our reputable providers can answer all of your tiling questions.

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