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Wall and floor tiling

Wall and floor tilers decorate, enhance and protect finished buildings with tiles. Tiles may be made from many different materials such as terracotta, porcelain and natural stones including marble, as well as ceramics.

A wall and floor tiler applies a variety of ceramic tiles to walls and floor surfaces.  Wall and floor tilers could fix tiles in a number of locations such as kitchens, bathrooms, shops, hotels, restaurants, car showrooms, churches, swimming pools, spa areas. Tilers need to skilled at setting out, preparing the surface to be tiled, and cutting tiles to a certain size or shape with hand-cutters or bench-mounted tools. Once tiles have been fixed to a surface they require grouting and polishing to complete the work.

This competition has been designed to reflect the role of a wall and floor tiler and the standards that are expected within the construction industry.


Competition overview

Competitors will be marked throughout the competition:

  • Competitors have to work in a safe manner and will lose marks if this is not adhered to

General information:

  • At the Regional Qualifiers the maximum working time for the task is 6 hours
  • At the UK National Final the maximum working time for the task is 18 hours
  • SkillBuild UK National Final competitors could progress onto EuroSkills and WorldSkills competitions if all the relevant criteria have been met

Core competencies

To take part in this competition you should be able to:

  • Interpret drawings and specifications to include plans, elevations, sections and enlarged details
  • Prepare backgrounds before fixing tiles
  • Apply adhesive to the wall and floor surfaces
  • Measure, calculate, mark and cut tiles
  • Fix decorative tiling to face of plasterboard and plywood
  • Demonstrate knowledge of geometrical processes
  • Joint and grout
  • Keep the work area clean and tidy
  • Work in a safe manner
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