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C54 – Ceramic and Mosaic Tile Contractor

A ceramic and mosaic tile contractor prepares surfaces as necessary and installs glazed wall, ceramic, mosaic, quarry, paver, faience, glass mosaic and stone tiles; thin tile that resembles full brick, natural or simulated stone slabs for bathtubs, showers and horizontal surfaces inside of buildings, or any tile units set in the traditional or innovative tile methods, excluding hollow or structural partition tile.

Authority cited: Sections 7008 and 7059, Reference: Sections 7058 and 7059 (Business and Professions Code)

Content of the Examination

The Tile (C-54) Examination is divided into five major sections. These sections are:

1. Estimating and Planning (14%)

  • Blueprints, specifications, and estimating
  • Onsite evaluation, planning, and calculation of materials
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements

2. Substrate Preparation (30%)

  • Demolition and site protection
  • Water proofing
  • Crack isolation and expansion joints
  • Lath, wire, and other reinforcements
  • Mortar installation
  • Backer boards

3. Tile Installation (31%)

  • Layout
  • Setting procedures
  • Grouting procedures
  • Sealing
  • Finished product protection

4. Stone Slab Fabrication and Installation (11%)

  • Customer education
  • Job site measurements
  • Slab fabrication
  • Slab installation

5. Safety (14%)

  • Job site safety
  • Personal safety
  • Equipment safety

*Percentages are approximate*

Test Site Policy
This is a closed-book examination. No reference materials may be used during the examination. All materials brought to the examination site must be left in an unmonitored area at your own risk.

Test Strategy
This is a multiple-choice examination with four choices per question. Some questions require mathematical computation. Examination questions are written to provide only one BEST answer and are NOT written as trick questions.

All correct answers have equal value and there are no score reductions for wrong answers. Therefore, all examination questions should be answered.

Ample time is provided to answer all examination questions, so be sure to read each question and its four choices completely and carefully before selecting the BEST possible answer to the question.

Sample Questions

The following questions are typical of the types of items that are on the examination. The correct answer is highlighted.

1. Which of the following products is a cleavage membrane?

  1. Rosin paper
  2. Coarse sand
  3. 15 lb felt
  4. Hot mop

2. How many square feet of tile is needed for an area that measures 2-1/2” by 4” on a plan that is 1/8” scale?

  1. 10 sq. ft.
  2. 160 sq. ft.
  3. 576 sq. ft.
  4. 640 sq. ft.

3. What information does a specification sheet contain?

  1. Measurements and dimensions
  2. Materials to be used in given areas
  3. Tools and supplies needed for the work
  4. Number of hours for each job phase

*All questions are written and reviewed by licensed contractors who are actively working in the field*

Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation.
Tile Council of America, Inc.
100 Clemson Research Blvd.,
Anderson, SC 29625.
(864) 646-8453
FAX: (864) 646-2821

American National Standard Specifications for the Installation of Ceramic Tile.
Tile Council of America, Inc.
100 Clemson Research Blvd.,
Anderson, SC 29625.
(864) 646-8453
FAX: (864) 646-2821

Dimension Stone Design Manual.
Marble Institute of America.
28901 Clemens Road, Suite 100.
Cleveland, OH 44145.
(440) 250-9222
FAX: (440) 250-9223

*Publisher information is current as of 05/04*

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