A high school diploma or equivalent is all that is required to become a tile installer. Candidates can also choose a formal apprenticeship to increase job prospects.
Many tile setters learn the trade through working with experienced setters. Formal apprenticeships are also offered through a number of community and technical colleges. Contractor unions and organizations also sponsor formal apprenticeships that last two to four years.
Although certification is not required for this job, The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation and Ceramic Tile Institute of America offer several certifications for tile setters. The Ceramic Tile Foundation offers an examination for becoming a Certified Tile Installer. The Tile Institute of America offers online courses and examinations for certification for Specialist, Consultant and Installer.