MCAST Diploma in Trowel Trades (Plastering and Tile Laying or Painting and Decorating)

MCAST Diploma in Trowel Trades (Plastering and Tile Laying or Painting and Decorating)

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MCAST Diploma in Trowel Trades (Plastering and Tile Laying or Painting and Decorating)
Course Code CE3-A7-14
MQF Level Level 3
Duration 2 years on apprenticeship
Awarding Body MCAST
Entry Requirements MCAST Foundation Certificate


2 SEC/O-Level/SSC&P (Level 3) passes


A full “Secondary School Certificate and Profile” (SSC&P) at Level 2 will be accepted in

lieu of one (1) O-Level pass.

Other Entry Requirements
Course Description This course enables the student to become a career trades person in plastering and tile laying or painting and decorating.  These skills are used in the construction finishing process. The sector requires trained and qualified people in the use of finishing materials such as types of plaster, plastering processes, tiles and tiling materials of high standard, painting, both as a surface finish and style of living.

During the course the student will be given the opportunity to develop personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in his/her career.

Study/Course Delivery This programme of study addresses the competences required as entry level to the Building and Construction Engineering sector. The achievement of the required underpinning knowledge and key skills will be accomplished through contextualising key skills and adopting a highly practical approach.
Assessment Assessment of the programme is an integral part of the learning process. Varied assessment methods are employed. The learning process is completed by providing students with feedback that is both formative and summative in nature.
Programme Learning Outcomes 1. Carry out a risk assessment of the surrounding working environment before and after executing an assigned task

2. Identify and apply materials for specific trowel trade tasks

3. Set out tiling tasks from specifications and drawings

4. Use tools to perform floor and wall tile laying/painting and decorating.

Core Study Units
  • Occupational Safety in the Construction Industry
  • Building Drawings and Setting Out
  • Introduction to Building Quantities
  • Trowel Materials and Technology
  • Maltese
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Personal Development
  • Information Technology
  • Science
Specialist Units Plastering and Tile Laying Optional Units

• Practical Tile Laying

• Practical Plastering


Painting and Decorating Optional Units

• Painting – Technology  and Practice

• Decorating Materials – Technology and Practice

Supplementary Units
Supporting Units
Optional Units
Progress After Completion
  • MCAST Advanced Diploma in Masonry Heritage Skills (Mastru)
  • MCAST Advanced Diploma in Construction Engineering
  • MCAST Advanced Diploma in Civil Engineering
  • MCAST Advanced Diploma in Aviation Operations
Career Opportunities
  • Plasterer
  • Tile layer