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Changes to British Tiling Standards

tiling coursesStandards of different construction trades are regular changed to meet rquirments and new trends. This is no different with the Tiling industry and recently there has been a change to the British Tiling Standards.

The new standards are targeting wall tiling and the new revision of the standards should be made away to all Tilers working within the industry. Being reported on Tilezine, the new tiling standards are as follows:

“BS 5385 Part 1: 2018 was published on 30 June and includes the following new requirements:

Tiling should be carried out by a skilled operative, who has been trained to a level of competence, certified by a recognised authoritative body, such as the TTA;

Tiling direct to plywood is no longer recommended for wall tiling, but a bespoke tiling backer board should be used;

New adhesive coverage requirements for large format tiles;

New minimum grout widths, dependent on the size of tile.

These changes are coming in as part of the regular review of the Standard and are designed to reflect product changes and developments within the industry since the publication of BS 5385 Part 1: 2009.”

Along with these bigger changes, there have also been some minor changes that will affect the standards, read more here:

The removal of plywood from the new Standard, as a recommended substrate for wall tiling, is viewed as necessary due to the wide variance in the quality of product now available on the UK market. A lot of cheaper imported plywoods are not able to provide a “stable and rigid background”, as mentioned in the previous Standard. The decline in the quality of plywood is mirrored by the rise of specially developed tiling backer boards which are now offered by a number of manufacturers. These are stable and moisture resistant, as well as being more environmentally friendly.”

If you are new to the industry and are looking to get the right qualifications and skills to comply with the new tiling standards and get you working successfully, here at Able Skills we offer lots of Tiling courses and qualifications.

We offer a variation of courses here at Able Skills from shorter courses to City & Guilds qualifications, Diplomas and NVQs. It is quickly becoming one of the most popular trades available here at Able Skills. Out of all the courses available the NVQ Level 2 Course is without doubt one of the most popular. This is an intense and very well-structured practical training course that eventually enables our students to gain an NVQ. The NVQ is needed so they can get a CSCS Skilled workers card and without a CSCS Card they will not be able to get work on a building site. This course also includes one week of training in our plastering centre.

You can get training on our Tiling Courses in November this year, just call 0808 100 3245 for more information.

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