Tile Setter Examination

Tile Setter Examination

The examination is 3 hours long. It contains 60 questions and each question is worth 1 point. The required passing grade is 60%. The materials for your use during the examination are provided to you. They are: a pencil, a paper sheet, a calculator and an eraser. No other material or reference document is allowed during the examination.

Skill Content on Which Questions May Be Based

Section 1 - Preparing surfaces for tiling (33 %)

  • Preparing the work to be done :  
    • Recognizing hazards on the site
    • Selecting personal protective equipment appropriate to the task and the work situation
    • Checking the conformity of the materials received and preparing the material
    • Calculating the amount of materials needed
    • Checking the conformity of the surfaces to be covered
    • Preparing the surfaces based on the product to be installed
  • Correcting the base surface : 
    • Choosing and installing different types of membranes
    • Knowing the conditions for using self-levelling underlayments
    • Preparing and applying self-levelling underlayments
    • Knowing the conditions for using a mortar bed
    • Preparing and installing mortar beds
    • Explaining the methods and work steps

Section 2 - Installing tiles using the thinset method (45 %)

  • Establishing leader lines : 
    • Checking and adjusting the squareness of the installation area
    • Drawing leader lines
  • Applying installation products : 
    • Knowing the properties of and the conditions for using the installation products, mortars and additives
    • Preparing and applying the installation products
  • Laying the tiles : 
    • Choosing and installing profiles
    • Choosing and using cutting tools
    • Knowing the characteristics of the joints
    • Using the tamping and back buttering techniques
    • Explaining the methods and work steps
  • Grouting the tiles : 
    • Knowing the properties of and conditions for using the different types of grout
    • Preparing and applying grout
    • Cleaning the grout

Section 3 - Installing other types of wall coverings and flooring (22%)

  • Installing slabs on floors, stairs and walls
    • Preparing the work to be done : 
      • Determining the sequence of work
      • Preparing flagstones to receive anchors
      • Identifying the location of the anchor points
      • Cutting and drilling the flagstones
    • Installing the flagstones : 
      • Selecting and using the appropriate products for the installation conditions
      • Gluing the flagstones to the substrate
      • Placing and fastening the anchors on the flagstones or substrate (mechanical anchors, wire)
    • Grouting the flagstones  : 
      • Choosing and using grouting products
      • Grouting the flagstones
  • Applying terrazzo flooring
    • Preparing the work to be done : 
      • Selecting and using the appropriate tools and equipment
      • Mixing the terrazzo ingredients
      • Installing divider strips for the terrazzo
    • Applying terrazzo flooring : 
      • Installing and finishing terrazzo flooring
      • Arranging the work steps in order
      • Explaining the methods and work steps

Samples of questions for provincial qualification examination

Suggested documentation

The suggested documents are an important tool to help you prepare for the examination. However, your best asset to write the exam successfully are the quality and diversity of the skills you have acquired during your apprenticeship.
    NOTE: NTMA’s website contains many technical informations about terrazzo installation. 

  • Terrazzo, tile and marble association of Canada2002 Terrazzo specification guide 09400, Concord, Ontario : ACTTM, 2002, 53 p.

  • Terrazzo, tile and marble association of CanadaTile installation manual, Concord, Ontario : ACTTM, 2003, 60 p.

  • Terrazzo, tile and marble association of Canada.  Dimension stone guide – volume 2, Concord, Ontario : ACTTM, 2010, 149 p. 


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