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SQA Professional Development Award in Tiling

About the course

This is a comprehensive tiling course suitable for beginners and anyone who wants to retrain as a Wall & Floor tiler. It is also suitable for continuing professional development. This involves 12 weeks training with us with some home study. The PDA covers specialist skills fixing wall and floor tiles, floor screeding and repair and restoration. The PDA has been developed by the Scottish Qualifications Authority in partnership with employers and industry. The course will help employers meet skills gaps and can also be completed by those who wish to gain employment in the sector.



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Appreciation of Access Platforms and Equipment
Cement Rendering for Tile Work
Complex Cutting and Shaping of Tiles
Construction Drawing for Tile Work
Estimating and Calculations for Tile Work
Fixing Floor Tiles Using Adhesives
Fixing Mosaics to Walls and Floors
Fixing Wall Tiles Using Thin Set Adhesives
Floor Screeding for Tile Work
Hand Fixing Using Sand and Cement Mortar
Isolating Membranes and Movement Joints
Project Planning and Preparation
Repair and Restoration
Setting Out for Tiling Applications
Tiling Equipment and Power Tools
Tiling Floors In situ
Tiling Material and Technology
Tiling to Staircase Walls
Tiling to Steps
Conform to General Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare
Confirm Work Activities and Resources for the Work
Develop and Maintain Good Working Relationships
Confirm the Occupational Method of Work
Conform to Productive Working Practices
Move, Handle or Store Resources
Construction Craft Associated Subjects

After course options & support

After completing the PDA, you may want to progress onto the tiling NVQ at a later date and you can also complete that with us.

You can also join our support group on completion for support and to arrange onsite work experience.

Over the years we've built up a fantastic community of students – you can join our ’Tile Junkies’ support groups both on WhatsApp and a dedicated Facebook page. You will have instant access to support from a close network of tutors and experienced tilers.

Business start up training is optional on all of our courses – our experienced tutors will guide you on establishing and running your business.

Cost & certificate

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PDA in Wall and Floor Tiling (SCQF Level 6)

£8000 (deposit £1600)

12 weeks



We are an Associated Training Centre with The Tile Association

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