Choosing tiling as a career

Choosing Tiling as a Career

Copyright (c) 2008 Able Skills

Tiles are used extensively in modern homes often in the Kitchen and Bathroom and increasingly as a floor covering in other areas of the home. They are also used in commercial buildings due to the hard wearing properties. Qualified tilers are in high demand and can earn an excellent salary.

A tiler is part of a construction team that will follow plans that have already been drawn up by an architect, a builder or designer. As a tiler, one will have a variety of chores and jobs to do. These may include:

Calculating the number of tiles required to cover an area. This may be called “marking out” or “setting out”.

Using different tools to cut the tiles to the right shape and size. This may be accomplished with hand tools or bench-mounted tools.

A tiler will first make sure that the surface to be tiled is properly prepared. This may be done by plastering, sanding or cementing.

Fixing or adjusting the tiles after they have been set, applying the proper amount of grout, and then finishing the job.

A tiler can work in a variety of settings. Typically, a tiler would work in a residential, private home, applying tiles to generally a kitchen or bathroom. However, tilers work in businesses as well, such as office buildings, restaurants, and stores. There may also be specialty work involved with being a tiler, such as swimming pool work and the mosaic walls that may be found in the landscape outside or in a garden. There are also many different types of material a tiler can work with .These may include ceramics, stone, glass, marble or terracotta.

There are no formal qualifications necessary to become a tiler. However, an employer will probably look to hire men or women who have some experience in the tiling business. For those who do not have any experience tiling but wants to get into the business, you may be able to get started as an apprentice. You may be able to talk to contractor companies and find out if they have any openings to receive on the job training. To become an apprentice basic maths aEnglish skills may be required as well as a practical ability. A Diploma in Construction will also be of benefit.

When you receive a job as a tiler, you can then get started with training on the job. There are plenty of colleges teaching courses such as the ICA (Intermediate Construction Award) that will help you qualify as a tiler. There are many websites that can help you find what various courses and classes that can move your career as a tiler along.

In today’s’ world, you may need to have a CSCS card to work on some construction sites. This is a card that proves your skills and competence as a tiler. You will need to have an NVQ or equivalent qualification, and also pass a health and safety assessment. To receive a NVQ you must pass several units, which may include setting out, preparing surfaces, and mosaic finishes.

A career as a tiler can be profitable and net you a busy lifestyle. To look into it, contact your local colleges or vocational schools to get started today. Tilers can look forward to a variety and abundance of jobs in the future.

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