Course at a glance

Subject Area:

Wall & Floor Tiling




Level 2 Standard

Course Start:


Course Length:

30 months


North Street Campus



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Course overview

This Wall and Floor Tiling Apprenticeship is available to anyone aged over 16.

Wall & floor tilers fix tiles on the walls and lay tiles on the floors of buildings including hospitals, shopping centre, swimming pools, industrial premises or bathrooms and kitchens. Tilers usually work with ceramic, porcelain and natural products including marble, granite, slate and terracotta.

They also follow plans drawn up by an architect, builder or designer.

The course is structured to meet the mandatory 20% ‘off the job training’ that all apprentices are required to complete.

What skills and qualities do apprentices need?

A creative eye, observant with a keen eye for detail, the ability to work well individually and as part of a team. 

Good problem solvers and communicators and are able to interact effectively with colleagues, clients and associated trades.

Entry requirements

You should be aged 16 or over and ideally already be employed or have secured a work placement, however we may be able to help you with this. 

Apprentices without level 1 Maths and English will need to achieve this level and apprentices without level 2 Maths and English will need to take the tests for this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.

For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL. 

To search and apply for apprenticeship vacancies visit the national apprenticeship vacancy website.

If you are aged 16-18 and you are unable to find an apprenticeship, you can apply for a study programme and switch over at any point when you do find one.

What would apprentices learn at College?

  • How to use wall and floor tiling tools and equipment e.g. cutting equipment, trowel and levels
  • The most appropriate products for each application and relevant factors influencing selection in different settings
  • Different types of resources, tools and equipment for preparing backgrounds and fixing wall and floor tiles
  • Difference in types of common preparation methods, make-up and application; screed, levelling compounds, priming and surface preparation depending on substrate
  • How to prepare walls and floors prior to tiling including laying underfloor heating, application of plasterboard, two coat render and floor screeds
  • The various types of tiles that are available and how to fix them using the correct adhesives and grouts
  • 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

No matter what level you are currently working at, you will be expected to further your skills in English and maths.

Information for employers

If you are considering taking on an apprentice and would like to find out more about the Wall & Floor Tiling Apprenticeship please get in touch with the apprenticeship team.

They will be able to advise you on the course content, offer advice for levy and non-levy payers and provide details on the end point assessment (EPA).

You can find out more about this apprenticeship standard on the Institute for Apprenticeship site.

From 1st April 2021 all employers are required to use the government apprenticeship service to secure funding for any apprentices they wish to employ.  Apprentices will be unable to start their course at college without reserving funding. 

We can assist you with this process by providing informative emails, videos and telephone assistance, please get in touch to find out more.


0113 222 6041


Current Vacancies

Current vacancies from employers we work with will be shown here.

If none are showing, you can search and register for job alerts on the apprenticeship vacancy website.

Next steps

On completion of this standard, apprentice will progress to a wide range of employment opportunities, or move onto full or part-time further & higher education.

The achievement of this standard will meet the requirement of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) ‘Advanced Skilled Worker’ standard, which is widely recognised as a ‘licence to operate’ in a skilled construction trade.

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