Certificate III IN Wall and floor tiling


Course Duration

104 Weeks

Nationally Recognised

Study Mode


  • Course Overview
  • Units Of Competency
  • Course Structure
  • Delivery And Assessment
  • Course Duration
  • Campus Location
  • Assessment Methods
  • Work Placement
  • Entry Requirements
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  • Credit Transfer (CT)
  • Learning Resources
  • After Completion
  • Exit Point & Pathways
  • Fees & Other Charges


This qualification provides a trade outcome in wall and floor tiling for residential and commercial construction work. The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that cover common skills for the construction industry, as well as the specialist field of work, wall and floor tiling. Tilers work with materials like ceramic, glass, slate, marble and clay. They cut these materials and lay tiles on walls and floors, both interior and exterior. They may also add decorative touches to their basic work.

Occupational titles may include:

    • Tiler
    • Wall and Floor tiler

State and territory jurisdictions may have different licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

Completion of the general construction induction training program, specified in the Safe Work Australia model Code of Practice: Construction Work, is required by anyone carrying out construction work. Achievement of CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry meets this requirement.

Units Of Competency

To be issued the qualification CPC31320 Certificate III in Wall and Floor Tiling, a student must be assessed as competent in 20 units of competency and complete the work placements of 630 hours.

A total of 20 units must be completed:
17 core units
3 elective units


CPCCOM2001 Read and interpret plans and specifications
CPCCCM2006 Apply basic levelling procedures
CPCCOM1012 Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
CPCCOM1013 Plan and organise work
CPCCOM1014 Conduct workplace communication
CPCCOM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations
CPCCWF2001* Handle wall and floor tiling materials
CPCCWF2002* Use wall and floor tiling tools and equipment
CPCCWF3001* Prepare surfaces for tiling application
CPCCWF3002* Install floor tiles
CPCCWF3003* Install wall tiles
CPCCWF3004* Repair wall and floor tiling
CPCCWF3005* Install decorative tiling
CPCCWF3006* Install mosaic tiling
CPCCWF3007* Tile curved surfaces
CPCCWF3009* Apply waterproofing for wall and floor tiling
CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
Elective units
CPCCCM2009* Carry out basic demolition
CPCCCO2013* Carry out concreting to simple forms
BSBESB301 Investigate business opportunities

Course Delivery And Assessment


    • The required 20 units of competency have been selected.
    • The delivery is planned across eight terms.
    • The units are delivered in a planned sequence.
    • The work placement is planned on a weekly basis.
    • The course is full time and there are 20 scheduled hours per week delivery.

New Era Institute is delivering the 19 units over 8 Terms timetabled as 10-week terms or 80 weeks of study and work placement amounting to 630 hours of scheduled training delivery and assessment. This is a high amount of training hours but considering there are 19 units, it is sufficient to cover the competencies for Wall and Floor Tiling.



    • This is a course registered on the CRICOS for 104 weeks. The course duration in weeks includes holiday breaks.
    • The course will be offered over eight (8) 10-week terms adding up to 80 weeks of full-time study.
    • Each 10-week term is followed by a term break that varies depending on the annual calendar, totaling 24 weeks.
    • The standard timetabling will vary slightly when student undertakes a work placement as their hours must suit the employer that are offered to the student.

More information about intakes and course commencement dates can be found here.


Classroom sessions:

Suite 1, Level 2, 14 Railway Parade Burwood NSW 2134.

It is a short walk to the Institute from Burwood train station.

Work Placement Location:

The location of your work site for the placement will vary and be discussed with you when this happens as per the course timetable.


The assessment is conducted using a combination of realistic workplace tasks, projects, knowledge tests, observations, logbooks, and feedback from supervisors (third-party reports). The following provides a brief explanation of the assessment methods:

Knowledge Tests. There are short answer questions for most units. The student may research their answers from the course learning materials and notes. These tests are usually completed in class through the online platform that captures your results.

Demonstration. The student is required to demonstrate skills in the workplace. These are captured in observation checklists and reports. These activities will be clearly explained and always relate to duties relevant to wall and floor tiling. These activities allow the assessor to observe the student to apply their knowledge and skills during practical activity.

Project. There are a range of projects for most units that are a case study or based on the workplace.

Workplace Logbooks and Workplace Supervisor Report. Workplace logbooks will be used for assessment to record the required hours and service periods completed. The workplace supervisors will be asked to provide feedback about the student’s performance during the work placement activities. Your assessor will visit and conduct observation assessments and interviews during the work placement.




Work placement is in a practical site at the employer’s site.
The training facility is the on-the-job work environment and therefore provides access to an appropriate workplace and training environment. Each workplace has a range of equipment normally accessed in Tiling. Most tools, equipment and materials will be provided in the workplace by the student. Additional tools, equipment and materials will be supplied by the trainer as required.

Workplace agreements
Our Institute representative and the workplace representative will sign an agreement (MOU) to ensure that the work placement arrangements are suitable for all parties so that the student can complete their required hours and all required practice and assessment tasks. 

Workplace supervisors, students and assessors are all provided with instructions and information regarding the work placement i.e. outlining expectations, roles and responsibilities. Host employers must also agree to provide the requisite hours and agreed on conditions to meet the required units’ skills.

Preparing each student for the placement
Prior to the placement commencing, the students come to class and prepare for the placement. The Trainer will have discussed the best options for placement with every student to assist and guide to find a location that suits. The student will receive the required paperwork and go to a meeting at the employers to confirm these arrangements and work hours.

Students attending work placement are not required to attend the classroom.


There are no specified entry requirements for this qualification from the CPC Training Package.

Noting this, New Era Institute requires persons who undertake this course to:


    • Have attained the age of 18 years or over
    • Demonstrate good command of written and spoken English
    • Verified evidence of IELTS Level 5.5 (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent
    • Have completed an equivalent secondary schooling level of a Higher School Certificate (year 12 in Australian schools)
    • Any AQF qualification at the Certificate III level or above in any discipline area delivered and assessed in English only will be deemed as meeting both the English language and academic entry requirements
    • Meet the Student Visa (Sub-class 500) requirements
    • Please visit the International student's section for more details.

Please note. Students will be made aware and asked to declare that they meet the physical requirements of this course. This includes physical tasks and manual handling.

Academic Requirements
International Students: Minimum completion of Australian Year 12 secondary school education equivalent or above. This requirement will vary by country of origin and information is provided on New Era Institute website and marketing materials.

Students will also possess a sufficient grasp of the English language, adequate levels of intelligence, basic to the intermediate skill level of mathematics to carry out measurements and calculations and appropriate attitude and motivation to enable them to undertake the demands of a Certificate III level qualification.

English Language Requirements (International Students)
Academic IELTS 5.5 overall, no less than 5.0 in each band, or upper-intermediate, or EAP from approved ELICOS/ESL centre.

Any AQF qualification at the Certificate III level or above in any discipline area delivered and assessed in English only will be deemed as meeting both the academic and English language entry requirements.

Physical Requirements
This course requires manual labour including manual handling and heavy lifting. Students who participate in this qualification must be physically fit. Students with a history of back issues may not be appropriate for this qualification. Students are reviewed at enrolment, where issues may be identified, reasonable adjustment and support processes will be put in place.


Applicants can apply for recognition of their existing skills and knowledge that are relevant to the units of competency within the course. These skills and knowledge may have been obtained through workplace training or experience and may reduce the number of units required to be completed during the course.


Applicants can apply for credit transfer where there is an exact match of the units of competency within the course achieved through an accredited VET qualification in an RTO.

If RPL/credit transfer is approved, the student’s COE will be adjusted to reflect any reduction in the period of study the student is enrolled in. The study load will remain the scheduled 20 hours per week as per your visa requirements.

Resources Requirements


Students are required to:

  • Attend site with their own PPE (Hi-Vis workwear and enclosed boots). It is advised that Students have impact protective goggles, gloves, and ear protection. Students will be provided with all the tools and equipment required for the work they will be undertaking.
  • Complete the unit CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry before starting the work placement.


New Era Institute has computer rooms that are set up for students to access the Certificate III in Wall and Floor Tiling learning resources during face to face sessions and other study times.
Students are required to log in and access the online learning platform for their learning and assessment resources.

Access to a computer that has an internet connection is required to undertake the study. Students may bring portable electronic devices to classroom sessions such as small laptops or tablets. Students are advised that no provision will be made to charge these devices in the classroom and charging or power extension leads are not to be used in the classroom.

Students will require basic stationery and a notebook according to their own study preferences.

There is a fee for the student resources and the online learning platform.


Students who completed this course gain:

    • A nationally recognised industry qualification
    • Skills and knowledge to work as Wall and Floor Tiler


Students must complete all assessments for each unit of competency to be deemed competent in a unit. All 20 units including the work placement hours must be completed to gain the full qualification.

After achieving CPC31320 Certificate III in Wall and Floor Tiling, students can progress to Certificate IV in Building and construction or any other courses.

Students who do not complete the full qualification will receive a Statement of Attainment for units successfully completed.


International students

For more information about the tuition fees and other charges, please click on Fees and Charges.

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