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Apprenticeship training course

Wall and floor tiler (level 2)

Tiling walls and floors.

Qualification level
Equivalent to GCSE.
Typical duration
30 months
Apprenticeship category
Construction and the built environment
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Tiler
  • Wall and floor tiler
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Follow procedures and comply with health and safety regulations, standards, and statutory guidance.
  • Identify and use personal protective equipment (PPE), respiratory protective equipment (RPE) and dust suppression.
  • Comply with risk assessments, method statements and safe systems of work.
  • Use access and work at height equipment, for example step ladders, podium steps, hop up safety platforms.
  • Plan order of works and carry out pre-installation checks.
  • Protect work area and adjacent finishes.
  • Prepare and maintain working area.
  • Select and use wall and floor tiles such as ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, agglomerate and mosaics tiles.
  • Calculate required amounts of tiles, materials, and resources for the work requirements.
  • Select and use substrate primer.
  • Set out for tiling wall and floor areas.
  • Measure, mark and cut tiles including cutting around obstacles and using laser levels.
  • Fix wall and floor tiles.
  • Install electric under-tile heating.
  • Install decoupling membranes.
  • Install tanking systems.
  • Apply adhesives in preparation to fix tiles to wall and floor surfaces.
  • Grout and finish tiles that are fixed to wall and floor areas.
  • Complete final inspections and workplace documentation.
  • Complete a customer or site manager handover.
  • Select, check, and use hand, power, cutting tools and measuring equipment.
  • Move and store hand, power and cutting tools, measuring equipment and materials.
  • Read and interpret information from manufacturers guidance and other sources, for example from drawings, specifications, digital documents, or work instructions.
  • Follow procedures in line with environmental and sustainability regulations. Segregate resources for reuse, recycling, and disposal.
  • Ensure materials are used efficiently and sustainably.
  • Apply team working principles.
  • Communicate with others verbally for example, colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Remove wall and floor tiles.
  • Carry out and record learning and development activities.
  • Identity substrates and prepare for tiling using renders, levelling compounds and screeds.
  • Rectifies defects and damages.

Full information on Wall and floor tiler (level 2) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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