WHAT IS AN APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM?
An apprenticeship program is a training program that consists of paid On-The-Job training and mandatory classroom instruction. Workers who join these programs are called apprentices. Throughout the three years of the Tile Layer and the two years of the Tile Finisher apprenticeship, the apprentice will be receiving instructions and experience in all branches of the trade that are necessary for the development of a skilled Tile Layer or Tile Finisher. The apprentice will perform other duties that are commonly related to this apprenticeship.
TILE LAYER APPRENTICESHIP
The Tile Layer apprenticeship is a three year program. A Tile Layer will have to complete a total of 4500 On-The-Job training hours, obtain in school 75 Related Supplemental Instruction (RSI) credits, and have current CPR/1st Aid certificates in order to become a Journeyman Tile Layer.
Tile Layers are also called Tile Setters. They install ceramic or stone tile that you see in showers and tubs, on kitchen countertops, floors, stairs, building exteriors and many other areas. Many times they install a thick mortar base of sand, cement and lime to create a flat or curved surface for the tile installation. They may work in residential construction or on large commercial projects. Work is both indoors and outdoors and may involve scaffolding.
A Tile Finisher works together with a Tile Layer to create installation of ceramic or stone tile. The Tile Finisher fills in joints, cleans and polishes finished surfaces, which may include showers, tubs, countertops, floors, stairs, building exteriors, ceilings and others. They may also perform finish caulking. The Tile Finisher does most of the setting up of materials at the job and cleans up afterwards. They mix all mortars, by machine or by hand mixing using a mixing hoe. Tile Finishing is very active work and is often strenuous. Work is both indoors and outdoors and may involve scaffolding.
TILE FINISHER APPRENTICESHIP
The Tile Finisher apprenticeship is a two year program. A Tile Finisher will have to complete a total of 2100 on-the-job training hours, obtain 40 Related Supplemental Instruction (RSI) credits and have current CPR/1st Aid certificates in order to become a Journeyman Tile Finisher.
Tile Layer/ Tile Finisher Apprenticeship Program How To Apply
Applications for the Tile Apprenticeship Program are accepted Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 11:30am. Please bring your Driver License or photo ID. High School Diploma, GED, or official transcripts are required. Tile Apprenticeship brochure.