Sometimes overlooked in favour of other trade professions, the ability to professionally install tiles is a valuable skill that can open up a variety of opportunities if you are a business owner or tradesperson. Tiles are an extremely popular choice of surface in household renovations, particularly in kitchens and bathrooms where they are commonplace and are even growing in popularity. The ability to offer a professional, polished tile installation is the ideal compliment to any current skills you may possess, as well as being a great starting point to a professional trade career or progression into other skilled fields.

As well as being particularly beneficial to tradespeople, learning how to install tiles can also be tremendously useful for homeowners and property developers looking to improve their DIY ability. If you are keen to save money on the cost of hiring professional installers, you may find that our DIY Tiling Course or Essential Tiling Course could prove to be a fantastic investment over time. This grants you with the ability to oversee tiling work according to your own preferences and in your own time, allowing you to purchase and install your tiles without the need to accumulate added labour costs.

Who can our Tiling Courses Benefit?

Plumbers - If you work as a plumber or own your own plumbing business, being able to perform professional tiling jobs could massively benefit the range of work you are able to undertake. This would allow you to add another service to your portfolio when performing bathroom installations, and will enable you to complete a full installation without the need for hiring external assistance.

Landlords/Homeowners - If you are a homeowner looking to renovate your home on a budget, it is well worth learning to how do so from experienced professionals. This will give you a lasting range of skills that you may call upon when you wish to update your home, saving the time and expense of hiring a labourer. It could also greatly benefit landlords looking to save money on their rented properties, by granting them the ability to perform updates and repairs without added expense.

Plasterers/Decorators etc - If you already work in a related field of home renovation but have little to no experience of installing tiles, it can be a great way to enhance your skillset, and thereby expand the range of work you are able to perform. 

Total Beginners - If you're looking for a route into a career as a professional tradesperson, tiling makes a great starting point. Not only does it allow you to seek work on a self-employed/hired basis straight away, it also makes a fantastic starting point for those looking to progress into other training courses. 

To view our full range of tiling courses, click here.

If you have any further questions about a specific tiling course, or about some of our other training courses, contact the Access Training team today!

Earlier today, George Clarke, a TV personality best known for presenting Restoration man, and George Clarke’s Amazing places posted a tweet raising awareness of the critical skills shortage we are currently experiencing in the UK Construction Industry. 



To say that this tweet received some interesting reply s on how people thought the industry could change to help encourage more people into learning a skilled trade.

"The wage is shocking"

Some people responded by saying that the wages for skilled workers are poor, and that the wage needs to increase to encourage more people to train. This is a common misconception about skilled work. When you are a fully trained electrician, plumber or bricklayer, you could be earning up to £100,000 per year, well above the national average wage of £26,500.

"People are being encouraged to go to university instead of learning a trade"

Other people were voicing concerns over the fact that children are being encouraged to go to university instead of learning a practical trade. However, not everybody wants to attend university. Many people don’t like the idea of carrying on their education for an extra 3 or 4 years, to then leave with an extraordinary amount of debt and not have a guaranteed job at the end of it all.

By informing children that there are other routes to work, and well-paid work, we might add. Is a crucial step that needs to be taken to close the current skill gap. This will only happen if the education system and the construction industry come together to help educate the next generation. This is a topic we have written about in the past, and it is certainly an area leaders of the construction industry are keen to explore to see if more can be done to help raise awareness and educate children, not just at school leaving age, but throughout their time in education about the importance of skilled trade’s people. 

"You can't get stable work" 

This is another misconception about skilled trade work. Plumbers and Electricians, be it domestic or commercially trained, are always in demand. People are always going to need plumbers and electricians to help them out in an emergency, or need an electrician to wire a newly built house. To increase your chances of winning work over your competitors, you can easily expand your skill set so you can take on more specialist jobs, or a wider variety of work. 

Currently the industry is is crying out for more Plumbers, Electricians and bricklayers that the chance of you landing a contract shortly after you have completed your course, is incredibly high. Thus making this the perfect time to begin learning a trade. 

Here, at Access Training we offer a variety of courses for people who are looking to learn a trade. All of our courses are designed for the complete beginner, and will take you on a journey through to becoming a true industry expert. So if you are interested in becoming a Bricklayer, Electrician or a Plumber, don't hesitate to get in touch
ACS Certification
 
If you're a budding gas engineer, you'll need ensure that you undergo an ACS assessment to obtain the qualifications you require to join the Gas Safe Register; an obligation for all UK installers. This ACS certification demonstrates a level of competence necessary to become Gas Safe registered. Qualified installers will also have to renew their qualifications periodically in order to remain on the register, and to ensure that they are following the latest regulations.  
 
Here at Access Training we provide a number of courses that include an ACS certification, allowing Gas Engineers to practice their trade safely and responsibly. This accreditation can be completed as a stand-alone qualification or as part of our full gas training packages, simply select your required assessment format from the range of options below:

Separate ACS Certifications: 

This assessment package is able to offer you a choice of the following:
  • Initial CCN1 only
  • Initial CCN1 + 1 appliance 
  • Initial CCN1 + 2-4 appliances 
If you're an experienced installer looking to renew your qualifications, we will be able to offer you a range of reassessment packages from the following:
  • CCN 1/CPA 1: Core gas safety - Up to 5 days
  • CCN 1+4: Core sas safety + 4 appliances (inc CPA1) - Up to 5 days
  • CENWAT 1: Central heating boilers - Maximum 1 day
  • CKR 1: Domestic cookers - Maximum 1 day
  • HTR 1: Gas fires and wall heaters - Maximum 1 day
  • MET 1: Meters - Maximum 1 day

Full Gas Training Packages: 

This bespoke course allows you to gain the skills and knowledge required to become a professional gas engineer, providing you with opportunities to train in areas including ventilation, appliances, safety legislation, and more! It also includes a guaranteed work placement opportunity, providing you with first-hand experience of the industry and a competitive advantage upon entering the industry.
 
This advanced course provides candidates with a thorough knowledge of gas work and theory, while also including electrical wiring and circuit training for the installation of power for gas boilers, along with other similar tasks. As part of this course, you will gain recognized qualifications in both gas and electrical work, allowing you to complete a wider range of operations on completion of the course.
This course is ideal for beginners who wish to qualify as a professional plumber and heating engineer in a single course, providing candidates with all the essential qualifications required to enter the trade. Offering a combination of plumbing, gas and electrical accreditations, this programme is ideal for those hoping to seek a wide variety of work.
 
If you have any further questions about completing the ACS certification with us, or if you would like to find out more about our trade professional courses, please feel free to get in touch.
 
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