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Three Lippage Hazards to Avoid

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 14, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Ask Scott, Installing Tile TIps

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Lippage occurs entirely too often, making three specific hazards way too prevalent, and definitely ones you should avoid. More specifically,

  • The hazard of having tile installations rejected,
  • Creating serious injury hazards,
  • Hazardous and objectionable visuals that affect everyone involved
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15 Tile Installation Resolutions for 2020

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 7, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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It's a brand-new year and an ideal time to make tile installation resolutions for 2020.

If you're already in the know, consider these a refresher. And, if you're new to the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation and the Certified Tile Installer Program, then consider this your introduction to a bold, new standards-based, methodical approach to installing ceramic tile.

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Bring SkillsUSA Tile Setting Competition to Your State

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 17, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team

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In addition to considering Tile Apprenticeships and Vocational Schools, have you thought about using your expertise and local knowledge to help get tile setting included in the SkillsUSA competitions?

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Have You Explored WhyTile.com?

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 10, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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It's #GivingTuesday! #BecomeaCTI

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 3, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Heidi Cronin posted in About CTEF

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Today, December 3rd is the day. It's happening! It's #GivingTuesday and we're celebrating #BecomeaCTI. Will you participate? Will you join this Global movement with us to raise funds and awareness for the Certified Tile Installer (CTI) Program

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Add Your Mark to the Global Monumental Hand-Print Tile Industry Mural

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 19, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Insider, About CTEF

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Are you familiar with the Global Monumental Hand-Print Tile Industry Mural Project?

It's a massively big project, conceived by the Tile Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to research and the preservation of ceramic surfaces. The mural honors all who participate in and contribute to the tile industry; it also supports Tile Heritage's vital tile industry archiving work. 

Will you participate? 

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Support CTEF on #GivingTuesday

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 12, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by Heidi Cronin posted in About CTEF

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Have you saved December 3rd for #GivingTuesday? It's a great way to support organizations such as CTEF...

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Have You Attended the Tile Industry's Total Solutions Plus (TSP)?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 5, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF

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Are you familiar with Total Solutions Plus (TSP)? It's a yearly event that brings together the ceramic tile industry to network and learn from one another. It's also a testament to the high level of collaboration that exists within the entire industry.

No wonder you see "Partners in Progress" prominently highlighted!

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Free Online Prep Course for Becoming a Certified Tile Installer

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 29, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Certified Tile Installer Program

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Did you know you can find free online prep courses on the CTEF website so you can start preparing to become a Certified Tile Installer?

Here's what: If you're wondering what it takes to become a Certified Tile Installer (CTI), you've come to the right place. We have just completed an eight-video online prep course that illustrates tile installation best practices that are expected of Qualified Labor. 

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What About Tile Apprenticeships and Vocational Schools?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 22, 2019 9:45:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in About CTEF, Qualified Labor Series

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Are you involved in apprenticeship programs, vocational and/or trade schools for tile installation help? If your answer is no, why not?

Let's discuss the present and future of tile and the need for Qualified Labor.

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Certified Tile Installer Mike Corona says,

You don't become a tile installer or a business owner overnight. It takes time, enthusiasm, pride, reliability, respectfulness, a willingness to learn, and dedication. No two jobs are the same; each one has its own unique nuances. As a qualified installer, you need to be able to communicate how to deal with those nuances and qualify yourself to not only meet but exceed expectations. Being qualified will exponentially increase your value and you will have endless opportunities.

Mike Corona CTI #923 Corona Marble and Tile

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