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Wall and Floor Tiling

Laying tiles accurately and a high level of finish in a variety of materials in residential, commercial, and public projects.

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Why is this skill important?

The work of a tiler includes the laying of tiles of ceramics, mosaic or natural stone on walls, floors and staircases in houses, commercial, industrial and public buildings, churches, swimming pools, outside installations, and façades to provide protective and decorative finishes. Wall and floor Tiling work might also include the construction of small walls and steps from bricks or blocks.

The tiler contributes in many ways to the completion of a successful project.  They will interpret drawings; set out and measure; remove any existing covering; prepare surfaces; group and lay tiles in the desired pattern; and then finish to the highest standard and client specification. 

Experienced proficient tilers have opportunities to specialize in particular materials such as mosaic, or unique applications such as artistic work, high-end residential, or private or competition venue swimming pools.

Could this skill be for you?

If you like:

  • Fixing things
  • Making things
  • Craftsmanship
  • Using tools
  • Being creative

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The Challenge

Important elements of the challenge include:

  • The Competitor will be tested on their ability to interpret and execute drawings.

  • Wall and floor tiles, stone and other materials should be laid out in the desired pattern.

  • Marks are also awarded to competitors who can cut and produce complex tile work.

  • The completed project must show finesse, accuracy and craftsmanship.

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Medal Result Competitor Country/region
Gold 736 Zhaoju Cui China
Silver 729 Andreas Stiegler Austria
Bronze 726 JEONGSEOP KIM Korea
Medallion for Excellence 721 Wilhelm Scholten Netherlands
Medallion for Excellence 711 Muhammad Muslih Indonesia
Medallion for Excellence 711 Alexander Taschler South Tyrol, Italy
Medallion for Excellence 709 Martin Schuler Switzerland
Medallion for Excellence 709 Mikhail Ukhankin Russia
Medallion for Excellence 707 Raphael Rossol Germany
Medallion for Excellence 706 Florian SERVANT France
Medallion for Excellence 706 PO-JEN CHEN Chinese Taipei
Medallion for Excellence 705 Frederik Nielsen Denmark
Medallion for Excellence 703 Gilberto Santos Brazil
697 John Pauquet Belgium
683 Shailendra Chauhan India
678 Kim Fai Yip Hong Kong, China
675 Juan Camilo Caviche Bastidas Colombia
672 Nattawat Punhauangk Thailand
669 Jaanus Steinfeldt Estonia
665 Brayden Gauci Australia
662 Armondas Tamulis United Kingdom
591 Davoud Doudkanlooy milan Iran
573 Sakaria Ndaningina Namibia
543 Ruth KAMPENGELE Zambia

How to compete

To reach the level of skills required to compete in a WorldSkills Competition takes several years of training and dedication. But the best time to start is now.

Find out more about how to take part in a WorldSkills Competition.