National code: CPC31320

    Certificate III in Wall and Floor Tiling

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    OverviewAbout this course

    Become a trade qualified tiler and start your career in the booming construction industry. Learn to transform spaces in industrial, commercial and residential settings and get the practical skills to manage tiling projects from planning to completion.

    OutcomesWhat you'll gain

    Learning outcomes

    Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

    • Interpret plans and prepare surfaces ready for tiling

    • Carry out measurements and calculations to conduct curve work, volumes and other wall and floor tiling tasks

    • Master mosaic and patterned tiling techniques

    • Incorporate specialist skills to tile difficult areas like curved surfaces

    • Use a tile cutter to shape a range of tiles types to fit basic and complex edges and corners

    Course outcomes

    Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

    • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level

    • Confidence in preparing surfaces and applying waterproofing surfaces on internal and external wet areas

    • The skills to use wall and floor tiling equipment such as wet and dry diamond saws, grinders, laser levels, multi-tools and manual tile cutters

    • Experience in laying and repairing wall and floor tiles and tiling on curved surfaces

    • A sound understanding of carrying out mosaic tiling and putting together tessellated patterns of decorative heritage tiling

    • Eligibility to register as a qualified tradesperson and apply for your licence with NSW Fair Trading

    SuitabilityIs this course right for you?

    Entry requirements

    This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

    • This course is offered as an apprenticeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.

    • Be employed as an apprentice in industry

    • Register with an Apprenticeship Network Provider who will support your application


    • This course may also be offered as a non-apprenticeship. Enquire today to discuss your eligibility.

    Completion requirements

    During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

    • A general construction induction card (commonly known as a white card) you will need this before you can enter a construction site.

    Entry recommendations

    To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

    • A good level of fitness to manage the physical demands of the job, including lifting boxes of tiles and adhesive bags, crouching, kneeling and bending to perform work

    • The ability to work by yourself and with others

    • The ability to work hard and meet deadlines

    • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10 high school level

    • TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test. This helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

    TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

    PathwaysFuture career and study options

    Career pathways

    Our graduates go onto roles like:

    Wall and Floor Tiler

    Wall and Floor Tilers lay ceramic, clay, slate, marble and glass tiles on external and internal walls and floors to provide protective and decorative finishes.

    • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).


    • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

      6,800 workers

    • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

      40 years

    • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.


    • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

      43 hours

    • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.


    • Gender share

      2% female

    • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

      Strong Growth

    Other jobs include: wall and floor tiler.


    A white card (or general construction induction card) is required for workers who want to carry out construction work in NSW. This is specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007). Visit the SafeWork website for more information on applying for your white card. You must have a licence before you do any residential building work in NSW, including wall and floor tiling, valued at more than $5000 (incl GST) in labour and materials. Refer to NSW Fair Trading licensing requirements and guidelines before applying to study this qualification.

    Study pathways

    Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

    Previous study0 Courses

    Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

    The Certificate III in Wall and Floor Tiling does not have any pre-requisite courses.

    Further study0 Courses

    Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

    The Certificate III in Wall and Floor Tiling does not have any post-graduate courses.

    Related study0 Courses

    Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

    The Certificate III in Wall and Floor Tiling does not have any related courses.

    Your experience counts

    At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

    UnitsUnits taught in this course

    Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Wall and Floor Tiling qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 20 Units of competency, including 17 core and 3 speciality units.

    Please note, not all specialty units are offered at every TAFE NSW location. It is highly recommended that you check with your preferred campus for information about the specialty units offered at that location.

    Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

    • Apply basic levelling proceduresCPCCCM2006

    • Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industryCPCCOM1012

    • Plan and organise workCPCCOM1013

    • Conduct workplace communicationCPCCOM1014

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    TAFE NSW servicesFacilities and support

    TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

    • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

    • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

    • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

    • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

    • TAFE NSW Libraries

    • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

    • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

    • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

    • Student associations – get social with our student community

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