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Wall & Floor Tiling Course
Our 10 day extended Wall and Floor Tiling course is a great introduction into the tiling trade. It covers a very wide range of subjects within the tiling profession, during the course you will learn how to tile both walls and floors correctly to a professional standard, it will allow you to confidently tile wall and floors in bathrooms and kitchens, it is a great course for other construction trades people wanting to extend their abilities and suppress the need of hiring tilers to complete the job, the cost of this course is inclusive of all training and includes a Goldtrowel certificate of training.
4.9 All Levels Over 8,000 enrolled
£750.00 Ex VAT
Monday - Friday between 08:15 - 16:00
Beginners / Career Changing / Add-on Trade
Goldtrowel can and will teach anybody all the skills and knowledge of wall and floor tiling, many think that tiling is one of the easier trades to learn, and whilst many DIYers have managed to tile there own homes, this does not mean they can tile, and normally they succeeded due to luck! there are so many facets to learn to ensure the job is done to standards, without this there is a great risk of failure, this is a common occurrence in domestic homes, the real problem of this is the cost of correcting the problems, as tiles and materials are unrecoverable. during your 10 days you will have your own fully equipped bathroom ensuring you have the best chances to learn the needs and requirements for backgrounds, tile types, preparation and fixing the tiles successfully.
During training please feel free to ask any questions you have, we actually welcome your questions, and remember there is no such thing as a `stupid` question! your training will not be rushed, but you will be pushed to realise your full potential, you will be allocated your own room from various rooms available, during your course you will work in various rooms and situations so to learn and understand various situations and problems, the walls and ceilings you will tile are of the same standard found in domestic homes, which truth be told are not flat, not square and generally out of shape, the difference between preparing and tiling existing wall / floors is huge.
Pre-course Study Guide and After Care Support
Before starting your course you will have access to our unique Goldtrowel illustrated training manual, which you can refer to in the future.
Upon completion of your course you can call our helpful and friendly staff if ever you need advice or guidance on any matter. Goldtrowel also offer and can supply tiling tools and equipment, ensuring you don`t waste time and money on inferior tools, this package is unique to Goldtrowel students.
In depth discussions and demonstrations of materials, backgrounds, tools, setting out, mixing adhesives, general health and safety, basic setting out procedures, tile fixing procedures and tile types, this will all come with examples of problems that may be found with alternative and DIY ways of tiling.
You will correctly start fixing your tiles after checks and setting out to the wall.
Continuing from the previous day you will continue tiling and checking as instructed.
Continuing from the previous day, you will now encounter openings, externals and internal angles, you will have discussions and demonstrations of how to cut tiles using various tools, cutters and equipment.
You will continue tiling using your new skills to cut tiles using methods shown.
Continuing form the previous day you will now have discussions and demonstrations about tile trim types, you will learn how to cut fix and mitre using various methods, after which you shall cut and fix trim to your window reveals, and finish with cut reveal tiles.
Later in the day you will have more discussions and demonstration on grouting types, techniques and procedures, you will then grout your finished tiling using the correct tools to achieve a 'high end' finished job.
Discussion and examples of removal of tiles and the options available, you will then remove your wall tiles and prepare the wall ready for next student.
Discussion and demonstration of setting out floor tiles and options available, cutting floor tiles around obsticles with options available, fixing techniques and options, you will lay and cut floor tiles to your floor.
After removing your floor tiles you will have discussions and demonstration of tanking systems and options available.
Week 2 - This week follows to a degree the same as week 1, but you will be moving into different rooms, with each room having its own unique problems, these differences highlight the skills required to successfully complete tiling tasks in different houses / environments, you will then tile more area in your own fully equipped bathroom with added problems to set out and cut around.
In addition to the skills learnt in week 1, you will learn new skills (traits) such as tiling with mosaic tiling, working with pattern tiling such as Victorian tiling and inset tiles.
Other new skills learnt in week 2 is the problems encountered and how to overcome them when setting out more complexed rooms including bathrooms, wet rooms, kitchens and complexed floor tiling.
You will have discussions and demonstrations about how to correctly lay under tile electric heating systems.
Discussions and demonstrations on laying levelling compounds, you will have the opportunity to lay some levelling compound.
End of course re-cap and distribution of course notes and awarding of Goldtrowel training certificate.
Below are the most common questions that we get asked.
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Adhesive – used for bonding tile to a surface.
Border – a strip of tile with design, texture or contrasting color that creates a design concept.
Breaking strength – the force needed to break a tile.
Brushed finish – a finish resulting from treating the stone surface with a coarse wire rotary brush.
Bullnose – a trim tile with a convex radius or finished edge on one side. commonly used for finishing steps and of outside corners.
Buttering or Back Buttering – The spreading of adhesive on the back of a porcelain or ceramic tile immediately before the tile is installed.
Caulk – a type of mastic which can be painted.
Color Body – The tile in which the body of the tile is similar in color to the surface of the tile.
Cure – the time period that a tile installation setting material must be undisturbed and allowed to set for it to reach full strength.
Decorative tile – any tile face with a decoration on the surface.
Dry set mortar – cement based setting material for thin–bed installations.
Dynamic Coefficient of Friction (DCOF) – Slip resistance of a tile.
Epoxy adhesive / Grout – a two part adhesive system consisting of epoxy resin and epoxy hardener. Used for either or both, made to have impervious qualities, stain and chemical resistant.
Floor tile – a tile that has been fired to temperatures that ensure it has the hardness to meet floor tile standards.
Frost resistant –Vitreous tile that absorbs .5% to 3%
Frost proof – impervious tile that absorbs 0% to 0.5%. Best tile for outdoor use.
Grout – silica sand, cement and chemical mix for filling tile joints. Available in a wide variety of colors.
Glazed tile – a tile that has an impervious facial finish composed of thin layers of glass fused to the surface of the tile.
Granite – a natural stone more dense than marble. Granite is molten lava that never rose above the surface of the earth. It is extremely durable and holds a polish. Available in polished, honed or flamed (rough) surfaces.
Impervious tile – has water absorption of 0.5% or less.
Limestone – sedimentary stone that could have fossils or shells. Usually comes with a honed (matte) finish. Not a wide variety of color; stones have little variety from piece to piece.
Listello – a decorative border, primarily for walls.
Marble – a natural stone product quarried from the earth. It gets a distinctive shine from the polishing process it goes through. Available in multiple finishes and a wide variety of colors.
Mastic – Silicon mastic is a waterproof flexible sealant used for sealing internals.
Mosaics – ceramic, porcelain, glass, metal or stone tile mounted on mesh for ease of installation. May come in squares, octagons, hexagons or random shapes.
PEI – classification of the resistance to abrasion of a glazed tile.
Porcelain – Characterized by a dense and impervious body generally made of the dust–pressed method.
Quarry tile – commonly 6×6 they are an impervious unglazed tile.
'R' Value - this is a grading showing how slippery the tile is, it ranges from R9 - R13 the higher the number the better the slip resistance.
Sealer – a penetrate applied to prevent the absorption of liquids or other debris. Used with porous materials including: quarry tile, grout, and natural stone. Sealer is not necessary for glazed ceramic tile.
Slate – a natural material that is known for its dynamic colors and “earthy” appeal. Colors range from grey to purple to black. Slate is used outside as well as inside because of its natural look and wonderful colors.
Spacers – plastic pieces that are used in installation to evenly separate tile. Manufactured in various thicknesses and shapes.
Substrate – the underlayment for the ceramic tile installation.
Thin–set – term used to describe the bond coat in a thin bed installation. It is made of sand, cement and usually a latex additive.
Through Body Porcelain – porcelain tile in which the pattern on the surface of the tile goes through the body of the tile.
Tile – a ceramic unit, usually thin in relation to facial area. Made from clay or a mixture of clay and other ceramic material. Has a glazed or an unglazed face.
Travertine – similar composition to limestone but with holes created by hot springs. Colors include beige, red, yellow and brown, with some variation from piece to piece.
Trim pieces – various shaped of bases, caps, corners, moldings, angles, etc.
Tumbled – a finish achieved by placing stone tiles in a tumbling machine, sometimes with the addition of acids, to soften the edges and give the surface a worn look.
Unglazed tile – a hard, dense tile of uniform composition. No glaze.
Vitreous tile – has water absorption of more than 0.5%, but not more than 3%.
Wall tile – glazed tile with a body suitable for interior use. Not expected to withstand excessive impact or be subject to freezing/thawing conditions. It is not appropriate for use on a floor.