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Wall and Floor Tiling


Have you considered wall and floor tiling as a career? It's a great way to get into the industry if you enjoy practical and manual work and have a knack for working with precision.

Tiling consists of laying tiles on internal and external walls and floors to provide protective and decorative finishes. The different materials you'll be working with include ceramic, clay, slate, marble, glass, cork and linoleum. 

We'll show you everything you need to know, and those who complete the training and obtain a contractor's licence can go on to set up their own small business. Melbourne Polytechnic offers both pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship level courses to get you well on your way.

You'll learn the practical skills and techniques of how to perform measurements and calculations, interpret plans, use different types of tile adhesives, how to prepare surfaces, waterproof wet areas and apply grout. The course also covers the tools of the trade (power tools, tile cutting tools, spirit levels, squares and plumb lines), concreting, the installation of marble floors, tiling pools and spas, the art of decorative mosaics, operating an elevated work platform and occupational health and safety. 

Learn about:

  • The application of tiles to surfaces
  • Waterproofing wet areas
  • Measurements and calculations
  • Hand and power tools, including tile-cutting tools
  • Interpreting plans
  • Preparing and applying grout, including types of adhesives
  • Operating small plant and equipment

Certificate III in Construction Waterproofing
Get the skills, confidence and qualification to fast track your career in the construction waterproofing industry. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Construction Waterproofing is a hands-on course catering for both experienced trades people and students new to the construction industry.

Short Courses

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