Becoming a self employed tiler will offer many advantages than if you was working for someone else. You get to choose the days you work, the hours you work, when you take your holidays and best of all no boss to have to answer to.
If you are fully committed to becoming a self employed tiler the first thing you have to do is find a suitable training centre that deals with your chosen trade, making sure that they are a City and Guilds accredited training centre. These training centres can be found all over the UK so there is bound to be one not too far from where you live.
The training centres will take you through your tiling course step by step, starting from scratch so you will get the chance to develop your skills and knowledge of your new career. The courses are very hands on and you will be trained up by experienced instructors who know everything there is to know about tiling and will offer their support and guidance throughout your training.
The tiling course will train you up so that you meet with the City and Guilds standards with all the required levels of practical and technical knowledge that is necessary to become a fully qualified tiler.
You can enrol on full time or part time courses the choice is entirely up to you and your current circumstances. Obviously if you choose the full time course you will become a qualified tiler much more quickly than if you choose a part time course. Maybe a part time course would be better for you if you are currently employed, and have to train to become a tiler around your current working hours.
The tiling training courses usually last between three and eight weeks depending on the training centre that you join and the time you can put into your training, you also have the option of training on weekdays or weekends if that suits your needs better.
If you successfully complete your City and Guilds tiling course then you will be awarded with your City and Guilds tiling certificate, which will prove to prospective clients that you are a competent tiler and have reached the required level of knowledge and technical skills to carry out a job successfully.
Now you will be ready to enter the workplace as a self employed tiler where you will now be able to put all the technical and practical knowledge you would have gained from your tiling course into practice.
If you would like to improve your job prospects even more then you should consider going for your NVQ Level 2 which is short for National Vocational Qualification and this award will prove to prospective clients that you are a fully qualified tiler and will reassure them that you have the ability to carry out a task successfully. They are more likely to choose a tiler with an NVQ than a tiler without one.
An NVQ is a work based assessment so you have to be working as a tiler before you can be assessed by an NVQ advisor.
When you feel that you are ready to be assessed by an advisor, get in touch with them and they will arrange to come and meet you when you’re at work.
During the assessments the advisor will ask you questions about your trade and will watch you at work and how you can cope with the pressures and hazards of a normal working environment. As you build up a suitable portfolio of work your advisor will sign off on different units as you carry out different tasks and will mark you as they see fit.
If they are happy with what you have shown and your knowledge and understanding of tiling then you will be awarded with your NVQ Level 2 and will be given a photographic portfolio of the work you have carried out so that you can show this to potential customers, which will make all the difference to your career prospects as a self employed tiler.
If however you fail to meet with the standard required to gain your NVQ then your advisor will offer advice on what you can improve on and you will always have another chance to try for your NVQ at another time.
That’s it you would now be a fully qualified tiler with your City and Guilds certificate and your NVQ Level 2 award. I hope I have given you all the information you was looking for regarding how to become a self employed tiler and I wish you the best of luck with your new career.