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.
Skills an apprentice will learn
- Identify and minimise hazards and risks in the workplace, ensuring a safe environment is maintained at all times. Follow safety procedures, risk assessments, method statements and work instructions
- Make the most efficient and effective use of resources, time and materials.
- Select, use, maintain and store tiling tools and equipment
- Prepare backgrounds, install wall and floor tiles and produce finished work that conforms to British Standards BS5385:1-5 and BS8000:11.
- Report accidents or incidents in the workplace in accordance with organisational and legislative requirements
- Prepare for meetings with customers and use appropriate listening and questioning techniques when discussing product selection
- Review and check that the specification meets the requirements of the customer in-line with industry standard and aesthetic requirements
- Interpret drawings, quality standards and specifications
- Identify different Industry sectors e.g. new construction, social housing, residential, refurbishment, commercial, heritage
- Identify different building methods e.g. steel frame, reinforced concrete frame, traditional (solid wall and cavity wall) timber frame
- Use the appropriate method of preparation and fixing for the work environment and product being installed
- Identify various types of fixing and installation methods from traditional render and screed to modern adhesives and grouts
- Interpret technical product data, drawing, specifications, manufacturer’s information, Codes of Practice and British Standards to ensure correct preparation and installation of wall and floor tiles and associated systems
- Interpret relevant health and safety requirements: method statements, risk assessments, CoSHH according to product and specification requirements
- Advise clients/customers on the different types and sizes of wall and floor tiles, and ancillary products and the materials they are manufactured from e.g. ceramic, porcelain, stone, plastic
- Revert to Manufacturers’ product information to avoid errors
- Identify and rectify common preparation, fixing and installation problems
- Identify substrate type and condition to determine appropriate preparation methods/products
- Select materials including: wall and floor tiles, primers, levelling compounds, screeds, adhesives, grouts, trims and ancillaries suitable for the substrates, tile products and installation environment
- Select suitable hand and power tools and appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Calculate required amounts of tiles, materials and resources for the work requirements
- Prepare wall and floor backgrounds (including level and plumb) using primers, renders, levelling compounds and screeds
- Set-out for tiling wall and floor areas, ensuring mall cut tiles are avoided as far as practical and joint widths are consistent, parallel and plumb.
- Measure, mark & cut tiles in accordance with work requirements to include cutting around obstacles such as pipes, sockets and drains
- Apply adhesives and fix tiles to wall and floor surfaces
- Grout and finish tiles to wall and floor areas
- Install tanking systems, decoupling membranes and electric under-tile heating
- Undertake remedial work in accordance with specification.
- Be able to remove and replace individual damaged tiles without causing damage to adjacent finishes
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