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Terrazzo, Tile & Marble Setter

Certificate of Qualification 241A
“Quality work lasts forever.”
A Terrazzo, Tile and Marble Setter covers interior and exterior walls, floors with terrazzo, tile and/or marble by preparing, measuring and marking the surface to be covered, mixing and applying mortar, mastic, cement, or other adhesives, using hand tools, laying mosaic tiles and removing and replacing cracked or damaged tiles.

Key Skills & Attributes

  • Strong communication

  • Reading, numeracy & problem-solving skills 

  • Mechanical aptitude Good 

  • Good physical condition

Apprenticeship Program

4800 hours of on-the-job training, supplemented by two 8-week sessions of in-class technical training.


  • Lay and set tiles to create decorative wall, mural & floor designs

  • Cut and fit tiles around obstacles and openings using hand & power cutting tools

  • Prepare, measure and mark surfaces to be covered

  • Mix, apply and spread cement, glue or other adhesives using hand tools

  • Align and straighten tiles using levels and squares

  • Apply plaster between tiles and removing excess plaster

  • Cut, polish and install marble and  granite

  • Remove and replace cracked or damaged tiles

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Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 12 Diploma preferred (Grade 10 minimum)

Journeyperson Wage Rate:

*2021 Provincial Average

Employment Sectors

  • Institutional and Commercial Construction

  • New home building and renovation

  • Self employed

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Did you know?

The history of terrazzo dates back over five hundred years. Terrazzo (Italian for “Terrace) floors were invented in Venice during the 15th century.

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