What is the CTEF?

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) is an educational institution that offers local, regional, and national training programs for consumers, installers, construction professionals, architects, designers, building inspectors and sales associates interested in the sale and installation of ceramic tile.

Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF)

A Source of Tile Education and Training

The CTEF has numerous educational and training courses available covering all facets of tile and the installation process.

>> See CTEF Training Programs.

>> Custom programs are regularly created to meet the needs of the industry.

A Source of Tile Installation Certification

CTEF also offers tile installation certification.

>> Learn about the Certified Tile Installer program.

>> Explore the Advanced Certification for Tile Installers.

Classes and certifications are conducted on a year around basis at the CTEF facility in Pendleton, SC, in addition to numerous satellite programs elsewhere in the United States. 


The CTEF Mission Statement

The Mission of the CTEF is as follows:

CTEF will expand the knowledge of professional ceramic tile installation through training, education, and certification. CTEF will promote the applicable industry standards to new and experienced tile installers, architects, designers, builders, and tile industry related people. CTEF will actively encourage individuals to enter a career as a ceramic tile installer.

The overall goal of CTEF's activities is to raise the quality of ceramic tile installation

History of the CTEF

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation was created in the later part of 1996 at the suggestion of the Tile Council of North America (TCNA).

Other supportive industry organizations such as theNational Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA), and foreign trade partners Ceramic Tiles of Italy (Italian Tile Producers) and Tile of Spain (Spanish Tile Producers) had long realized that the absence of an educational organization was and would continue to impact the ability to sell product in the American marketplace.

CTEF History: TCNA, NTCA, CTDA, Ceramic Tiles of Italy and Tile of Spain

The attrition of the current tile industry workforce, at the rate of several thousand per year, also served to compound the problem.

A review of current available curriculums and educational programs found that the available programs were sorely in need of updating or of a proprietary nature.

Armed with funding from the Coverings Tile & Stone Exposition and other industry partners, the decision was made to create from scratch numerous educational and training courses to assist the industry in the sales and installation of ceramic tile products.

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation, a 501 C3 non-profit organization was created for this purpose. 

9,000sqft Tile Installation Training Facility

The CTEF's training center is a 9,000 square-foot facility located in Pendleton, SC designed to meet the growing demand for ceramic tile-related and hands-on installation courses.

The CTEF's training center is a 9,000 square-foot facility located in Pendleton, SC

Each work area contains a tub and shower that are used as a practice area for tile setting, waterproofing, and shower pan programs.

The CTEF warehouse contains an extensive inventory of products donated by manufacturers to provide each student with the opportunity to learn the basics of floor and wall tile installation.

The commitment of the Tile Council of North America and the National Tile Contractors Association will assure continuance of CTEF programs for years to come at a very modest price and manufacturers have been generous with financial and material donations.

Contact CTEF!

Contact us or call CTEF to become tile certified and/or to participate in tile installation training programs.