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Tile Setter Examination

The examination is 3 hours long. It contains 51 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 - Setting a Thin Layer of Tiles (41%)

  • Preparing the Surface
    • Preparing the surface
    • Doubling a subfloor
    • Installing membranes
    • Straightening wall surfaces
    • Levelling surfaces
  • Determining a Setting Plan
    • Calculating material quantities
    • Calculating joint width
    • Tile setting sequence
    • Tracing leader lines
  • Applying the Setting Product
    • Properties of setting products, mortar and additives
    • Actions facilitating the bonding of setting products
    • Preparing and mixing setting products
    • Conditions for applying setting products
    • Using the double spread technique
  • Tile Setting
    • Characteristics of cutting tools
    • Cutting a tile around an obstacle
    • Tile tamping
    • Transition profile setting sequence
    • Tracing and transferring leader line
    • Using templates
  • Applying Grout
    • Grout characteristics
    • Precautions to take
    • Preparing grout
    • Setting method and tools
  • Cleaning the Surface
    • Joint cleaning method

Section 2 - Shaping a Mortar Bed (25%)

  • Determining a Shaping Plan
    • Conditions requiring the shaping of a mortar bed
    • Conditions requiring the use of a template
  • Mixing the Ingredients
    • Conditions for mixing the ingredients
    • Impact of changing a recipe
    • Proportions of ingredients
  • Preparing the Surface
    • Setting reference points
    • Making guides
  • Putting Materials and Mortar in Place
    • Actions to take before putting the mortar in place
    • Precautions to take
    • Shaping a mortar bed in a stairway
    • Shaping a mortar bed including a membrane
    • Causes of cracking
    • Impact of compaction
  • Resurfacing a Wall
    • Characteristics of a cement plaster recipe
    • Wall straightening technique
  • Applying a Damp Layer of Setting Product
    • Traditional setting method

Section 3 - Laying Marble, Granite and Natural Stone Slabs (20%)

  • Interpreting a Laying Plan
    • Work sequence
    • Purpose of templates
  • Preparing the Surface
    • Slab anchoring method
    • Location of anchor points
  • Using lifting Techniques
    • Purpose of components for lifting heavy materials
  • Laying Slabs
    • Choosing laying products
    • Laying method
    • Location of anchors
    • Cutting and drilling a slab
  • Jointing Slabs
    • Jointing products
    • Jointing method
  • Polishing or Rectifying Slab Surfaces
    • Slab polishing method

Section 4 - Shaping a Terrazzo Covering (14%)

  • Installing Division Blades
    • Blade installation method
  • Mixing Aggregates
    • Advantages of aggregate washing and drying
    • Mixing recipe ingredients
  • Putting Terrazzo Ingredients in Place
    • Seeding aggregates
    • Work sequence
  • Sanding and Puttying the Terrazzo Covering
    • Humid and dry application
    • Distinguishing cement and epoxy grout types
    • Grout application characteristics
    • Use of apropriate tods 

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.
  • NATIONAL TERRAZZO AND MOSAIC ASSOCIATION
    www.ntma.com 
    NOTE: NTMA’s website contains many technical informations about terrazzo installation.