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ELCAS Accredited Wall & Floor Tiling Course

ELC Level 3 Tiling course for all service personel wishing to enter the construction industry, this course is available to use with your enhanced learning credits.

4.9 All Levels Over 8,000 enrolled

£2166.67 Ex VAT

8.00 - 16.00 Mon-Fri

Career change | NVQ Qualification Tiling Course

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ELC Tiling Course.

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 4 weeks you will have your own equipped bathroom ensuring you learn the needs and requirements for backgrounds and tile types, preparation and fixing the tiles successfully.

ELCAS Accredited Tiling Course Content.

  • Tiling to various backgrounds.
  • Grouting.
  • Setting out walls.
  • Setting out floors.
  • Pricing and quantifying.
  • Preparing backgrounds / substrates.
  • Tanking (Waterproofing).
  • Laying large format tiles.
  • Fixing natural stone tiles.
  • Laying Levelling compounds.
  • Tiling in various patterns like herringbone and brick bond layouts.
  • All registration and assessments included.

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 realize your full potential, you will be allocated your own bathroom 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 floors 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.

4 Week Course Content

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ELCAS / ELC Questions we commonly get asked.

Booking Tiling courses using your ELC credits.

You have 2 years after completing your course to prove your competence in wall and floor tiling, but if you have the evidence (work) then there is no reason not to complete your NVQ within a few months.

No your NVQ is what's called a competence qualification, which means after completing your NVQ Tiling Course you will need do get some work so you can provide evidence of completed work.

There will be a maximum of 8 people in your group.

No all you need to bring is suitable work clothing, safety boots are preferred but not essential, all tools and equipment is supplied by us.

Yes you can work as a wall and floor tiler after your training course, this can be domestic (peoples homes) or site, if you work for a company after finishing the course we would always suggest classing yourself as a improver, this will allow your employer to accept you are likely to be physically slower than his time served tilers.

Our course prices include everything, the training, NVQ induction, Registration and Assessment, we do not charge any further fees even if you were unsuccessful after being assessed, you would just be assessed again at no charge to yourself.

Our provider number is11385, this can be found on the ELCAS provider list, but you will see this listed under the company name Venezia Stucco UK Limited who trade as Goldtrowel.

Yes we are with you every step of the way, from your initial course, your induction onto the NVQ, and all the way through your NVQ process you will have the support of your assessor, all our assessors work for Goldtrowel and quite often may be the same person that done your training.

Tiling Jargon Explained

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.

(DCOF) Dynamic Coefficient of Friction  – Slip resistance of a tile.

Epoxy adhesive / Grout - a two part adhesive system consisting of epoxy resin and epoxy hardener, this product has impervious qualities and from staining along with great chemical resistance.  

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.

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.

All Prices Exclude VAT.

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