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NVQ Level 3 Wall and Floor Tiling Courses

NVQ Level 3 Wall and Floor Tiling Courses at Goldtrowel vary in duration from 1-8 weeks, NVQ Tiling Courses are Full on Intensive training that lead to successful employment with this prestigious qualification, often required for Construction Management, Teaching and Training roles. But actually becoming more and more a requirement for many reputable builders. By Using our Verification and Assessment process including our Professional Tiling Training, you will also be trained with the required management skills which will enable all students achieve this sought after qualification. At Goldtrowel we pride ourselves on delivering "full on" Tiling qualifications.

4.9 All Levels Over 8,000 enrolled

£1250 - £3125 Ex VAT
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Monday - Friday between 08:15 - 16:00

Beginners / Career Changing / Add-on Trade / Experienced

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Course Options 

The NVQ Level 3 Tiling Course is by far the most advanced qualification in the UK.
This course has 4 options or routes available this will depend on your previous experience.

Route 1 - £3125.00 (8 weeks) - This courses option is suitable for students with no previous tiling experience.

Route 2 - £2375.00 (2-4 weeks) - For those students with Some Previous Experience depending on work history.

Route 3 - £1500.00 (1-2 weeks) - For those students with Extensive Tiling Experience.

Route 4 - £1250.00 (No training) - For those candidates with Contracting and extensive Tiling Experience, who do not require any training, this option is Assessment only.

What you can expect to learn from this Tiling course

  • Correctly lay / fix  and cut floor and wall tiles to various backgrounds and shapes.
  • Understand the different types of Primers and how to use them.
  • Differences between Ceramic, Porcelain, Mosaic and Natural Stone tiles.
  • Tools and equipment usage, differences and specialty types. 
  • Working in wet areas such as wet rooms and showers, applying tanking systems. 
  • How to successfully lay sand and cement floor screeds.
  • Prepare all types of backgrounds including wood, plaster, render, screed.
  • Full understanding of how to correctly set out walls and floors prior to fixing the tiles.
  • Full understanding of Grouting techniques, types and uses, and methods of application.
  • How to make good damaged walls, using basic plastering skills. 
  • How to correctly apply silicon mastic, problems and options.
  • NVQ guidance including pricing, quotes, quantification and much more.

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 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.

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.

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 plastering tools and equipment, ensuring you don`t waste time and money on inferior tools, this package is unique to Goldtrowel students.

Level 3 Tiling Course - Content

ROUTE 1 - £3500.00 (8 Weeks)

Available to those students who have no prior experience, during this course you will receive training in all the level 3 NVQ practical and knowledge plastering units listed below, all training, assessments and certification is included within the course price, so no extra`s to pay.                            

QCF209v2 - Confirming Work Activities and Resources for an Occupational Work Area in the Workplace                                              

QCF210v2 - Developing and Maintaining Good Occupational Working Relationships in the Workplace                               

QCF211v2 - Confirming the Occupational Method of Work in the Workplace                                              

QCF76 - Producing Complex Internal Solid Plastering Finishes in the Workplace                                              

QCF77 - Producing Complex External Rendering Finishes in the Workplace                                              

QCF68 - Installing Direct Bond Dry Linings in the Workplace                              

QCF71v2 - Installing Mechanically Fixed Plasterboard in the Workplace                            

You will receive training in the following plastering practical units:

  •  Apply floating coat and finish plaster to Artex Surfaces
  •  Boarding and setting a ceiling
  •  Applying a floating coat to wall and attached pier
  • Applying and finishing the setting coat to a floored wall and attached pier
  • Applying a floating coat to a square or rectangular column
  • Applying a floating finishing coat to a square or rectangular column
  • Scrim and skim finish with plaster (Dot & Dab)
  • Screeding a sand and cement floor from a given level of datum point.
  • Applying finish plaster to curved or arched surface
  • Applying a sand and cement traditional rendering and finish with a wood float finish
  • Information and application of Krend external renders
  • Fixing bell cast bead and applying scratch coats to wall areas.
  • Information on pebble dash / Tyrolean and other external renders

You will receive training in the following plastering knowledge units:

Forming written quotations and invoices
Forming written method statements
Forming written work schedules
Understanding commercial paperwork - RAMS / Work programmes / Snagging / Regulations
Understanding needs of other trades
Understanding problems with work methods
Solving problems with work methods and contract conditions

Frequently asked questions

Below are the most common questions that we get asked.

The ability, confidence and knowledge to tile walls and floors to a professional standard. You also learn how to successfully run a small business and deal with contract work, you will be able to work as a wall and floor tiler in both domestic or site work locations.

Yes you will after assessment you will achieve a NVQ Level 3 in Wall and Floor Tiling. This is a competence qualification and therefore is assessed in your day to day work, once the criteria has been met you will be a fully qualified wall and floor tiler.

Yes you can work in both site or domestic. because you have completed the NVQ level 3 course, you will be entitled to work anywhere, we will fully train you for both environments.

Yes the level 3 involves a fair amount of written work. You will be spending a couple of weeks in the classroom as this course is preparing you for running a company, working with developers, architects and other professionals incorparated in construction development, but your instructor / assessor will help you regardless of individual abilities.

No, our course content is strategically designed to maximize your learning. But we do have other courses that specialise in just 1 or 2 traits of tiling, such as large format tiles, tanking systems, Victorian tiling, Mosaic.

We have a maximum of 8 people on this course. Although often with this course as they are quite specialised you may be the only one training at level 3, but during practical training there are usually 4 in each group of new starters, we have learnt from over 20 years of training, what group size works the best for the learner outcome.

The only thing you need to bring is suitable clothing. and we do recommend a laptop will be a benefit during the later weeks of the course, All tools and equipment are supplied for you during your tiling course, we only use quality tools and equipment.

This varies between 12 weeks to 2 years. due to the fact you can only achieve NVQ qualifications by completing real work, timescales vary depending on what work and consistency of that work.


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.

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.

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