Tile Finisher

Starting Wage


Journey-Level Wage


Tile Setter/Layer

Starting Wage


Journey-Level Wage


***The listed wages may vary by state and county.***

Rock-Solid Benefits

  • Retirement And Pension Funds

  • Wellness Program

  • Health Care

  • Vacation Fund

Career Requirements

  • Must Be 18 Years Old For Hire

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Driver's License

  • Reliable Transportation

Tile Trades
Apprentices begin their path in the tile trades as a tile finisher. To become a tile setter/layer, a signatory contractor must sponsor them into the tile setter/layer apprenticeship.

Tile Finishers
Finishers assist the tile setter/layer by prepping work areas with supplies, installation materials, and tools. They prep and mix grouts, apply grout, and finish and clean surfaces. As they gain experience, they are given more complex tasks, such as cutting tiles or assisting with laying tile.

Tile Setters/Layers
Tile setters/layers set tile in buildings, including the floors in bathrooms and kitchens. Laying tile requires applying adhesive to sub flooring, walls and other surfaces, as well as cutting the tile to fit the designated area. Protective gear for eyes and knees may be necessary to prevent injuries from airborne particles and hours spent kneeling on the job.


Enroll in a Tile apprenticeship program through BAC Local 1, here.

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The recommended prerequisites for high school students include construction courses, shop courses, and multiple math courses. Knowledge of geometry, algebra and calculus are all applied to the tile trades almost every day.

Tile setters and layers apply math to real-world problems and use fractions, read tape measures and calculate area at most job sites.

Completion of high school classes does not count for hours in the apprenticeship program, but the experience and classes taken are valuable in building students skill set.


A two-year diploma is not required to qualify for a tile apprenticeship.


Though some individuals learn their trade by working as helpers to experienced tile setters, a common path to start this career is a formal apprenticeship.
Apprenticeship programs are available through community and technical colleges and are sponsored by unions and contractor organizations.

Tile apprenticeships are paid career training that lasts approximately two-to-four years. Apprentices receive both on-the-job practical training and classroom instruction. The apprenticeship requires participants to complete 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and 144 classroom-training hours each year.

Apprenticeship candidates can get more information and apply at www.bactraining.org. Candidates with experience may schedule a job skills evaluation to determine apprentice level. Those with no experience may begin work as a tile finisher or attend our spring pre-apprenticeship.


Each spring we host a one-week tile finisher pre-apprenticeship. This course focuses on providing pre-apprentices a quick glance at the day-to-day work of a tile finisher, preparing them for what to expect on the job, and the basic tasks they’re likely to perform when starting out. For those interested in attending the spring pre-apprenticeship, applications are accepted year-round at www.bactraining.org/become-apprentice.

Contacts for more information:

John Slama, Manager of Operations at 763-404-8345 or jslama@bactraining.org

Rebecca Nohava, Recruiter/Creative Logistics at 763-404-8345 or rnohava@bactraining.org

CCF Career Spotlight Tile Layer Jesse

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The best skill a tile finisher apprentice can possess is the ability to learn and follow directions. A working knowledge of how to read a tape measure, add/subtract/multiply basic fractions, and the ability to understand written instructions for measuring and mixing grouts and other materials. Endurance and strength are needed to perform repetitive bending and lifting movements on the job.


Military members applying for a tile apprenticeship should reach out to John Slama, Manager of Operations for the MN/ND Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Apprentice Training Center. Veterans can also search job opportunities at www.helmetstohardhards.org.

Local Offices

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local Union 1 Minnesota/North Dakota

312 Central Ave., Rm. 328
Minneapolis, MN 55414

New Hope

MN/ND Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Journeyman and Apprentice Training Center

5420 International Parkway
New Hope, MN 55428

Drug Testing

An employer/contractor/apprenticeship instructor may require drug and alcohol testing of employees and applicants for employment, including random testing.

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