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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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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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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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When to Avoid Hiring a Tile Contractor: 10 Warning Signs!

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 15, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Hiring a Tile Installer, Installation + Design

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When you're hiring a tile contractor, you expect to have the work done right the first time. Unfortunately, you don't always have the benefit of seeing the contractor's work beforehand and realizing what you need to avoid (see How Not to Install Tile on Floors, Walls and in Showers).

That's why we've put together these warning signs to help you avoid hiring a tile contractor who is poorly qualified and more of a tile "placer." (Definition: tile placer - a person who does not have the skills, knowledge and experience to install the job correctly.)

That way, you can rest assured that the beautiful tile installation in your mind's eye has every opportunity to become reality and bring you delight for years to come.

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Passion for Certification on Tile Money: Interview with Heidi Cronin

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

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Are you familiar with Tile Money? Created by tile contractor Luke Miller, this podcast/YouTube channel is all about helping other tile contractors run a successful and profitable tile business:

"Tile Money is the source of business knowledge and advice for today’s Tile Contractor."

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5+ Benefits of Being a Certified Tile Installer

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 24, 2019 8:45:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Certified Tile Installer Program, Hiring a Tile Installer

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Are you wondering how to leverage your Certified Tile Installer (CTI) status in your business? This well-earned professional distinction offers tile installation professionals many benefits as Mark Heinlein, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) Technical Trainer and Presenter and CTI #1112, explains in this article. 

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Why Scott Carothers Cares Intensely About Tile Installation Certification and Education

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 10, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF, Certified Tile Installer Program

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If you've spent any time in the tile industry, care deeply about quality tile installation, and embrace installing tile according to industry standards, you will have heard of Scott Carothers, director of certification and training for the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF).

And, if you follow the CTEF Blog, you’re surely familiar with the ‘Ask Scott’ article series

However, if you're new to tile and just exploring tile installation certification, Scott is someone you will soon encounter and quickly appreciate for his deep knowledge, high standards and intense passion. Not to mention his firsthand involvement in certification, both for the Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program and the Advanced Certifications for Installers (ACT) program.

>> See What Types of Tile Certification Does CTEF Offer?

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Hiring a Tile Installer? Here's What You Need to Know

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 27, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Hiring a Tile Installer

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If you're hiring a tile installer, you are probably looking for a ceramic tile installation professional who will take the beautiful tiles you painstakingly selected and transform them into the floors or walls of your dream-come-true space.

>> See  Timeless Tile Installations That Delight the Senses

In other words, you want someone who has experience and knowledge of how to install tile correctly, without taking shortcuts, while ensuring that the final installation looks beautiful and performs as it should long after that installer is gone.

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Mike Sima CTI #1254 Holds Himself to Higher Tile Installation Standards

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 20, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Qualified Labor Series

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For Mike Sima CTI #1254, that's what it's all about and why he became a Certified Tile Installer. 

Mike is next in the CTEF Blog series about Qualified Labor based on articles in TileLetter.com published in June 2017 titled Certification: education and credentials add value to services offered by Mike Sima, Midtown Tile.

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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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