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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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Brad Denny CTI #1190 Discusses Hidden Oasis Tile Installation

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 6, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design, Qualified Labor Series

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Did you experience Hidden Oasis at Coverings 2019? It was one of the three stunning installations featured in the newly expanded Installation & Design Experience incorporated into the National Tile Contractors Association Booth. 

Brad Denny, vice president and COO of  Nichols Tile & Terrazzo Co, Inc.a Five Star Contractor of the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) located outside of Nashville, TN,  led the installation team behind this vignette. Brad is also Certified Tile Installer #1190 and intensely active in the tile industry:

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What is the Certified Tile Installer Program?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 9, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Certified Tile Installer Program

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Are you a tile contractor? Do you have at least two years of experience as a full-time lead tile installer? By experience we mean that you have full responsibility for substrate prep, layout, along with properly installing underlayment, tile, grout and sealant materials. If yes, consider becoming a Certified Tile Installer (CTI).

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CC Owen Tile Company Talks Tile Installation Excellence at Coverings

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 25, 2019 9:15:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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One of the highlights of Coverings, the yearly global tile and stone experience, is bringing together tile installation and design expertise to create the impossible under tight deadlines.

During Coverings 2019, this event was part of the newly expanded Installation & Design Experience incorporated into the National Tile Contractors Association Booth and included three vignettes. 

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Remembering Steve Rausch, CTEF Advocate for Quality

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 18, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF

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This article celebrates Steve Rausch, a passionate tile industry and CTEF advocate who never missed a moment to promote quality and Qualified Labor.

Steve passed away unexpectedly on June 8th, 2019. As you might imagine, all of us at CTEF will miss him. 

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The Top Tile Associations and Organizations

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 11, 2019 10:00:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF

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Every industry has its associations. What makes the tile industry particularly remarkable is the level of collaboration that takes place between its associations and organizations. The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) is an example of that collaboration, working with all those in the industry who are passionate about quality tile installation.

To give you some perspective on those dynamics, we've put together this updated list detailing each tile industry association. 

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Meet Heidi Cronin, CTEF Industry Liaison and Promotions Director

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 4, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF

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We have exciting news to share with you: there's a new member of the CTEF team! Her name is Heidi Cronin and she's been hired as CTEF Industry Liaison and Promotions Director.

This is a newly created role to support the next stage of evolution for CTEF. As Bart Bettiga Executive Director of the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and member of the CTEF Board of Directors says,

"We are pleased to welcome Heidi to CTEF in this newly created position. Given her professional experience and passion for Qualified Labor, we are confident that she will be instrumental in supporting the growth of the Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program alongside Scott Carothers, Director of Certification and Training for CTEF, and shaping the tile and stone industry in the United States."

We caught up with Heidi to ask her a few questions.

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Add Credibility to Your Tile Installation Business Says Kris Nardone

[fa icon="calendar'] May 21, 2019 8:45:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Qualified Labor Series

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Every Certified Tile Installer has his or her own story for wanting to become a CTI. In the case of Kris Nardone CTI #1364, it had to do with adding credibility to his installation business. 

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Tile Installation Certification in Action

[fa icon="calendar'] May 14, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Certified Tile Installer Program

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If you're curious about tile installation certification and the benefits it offers homeowners, specifiers as well as tile installers, you'll want to watch "Certification in Action," a 6-minute video embedded at the end of this article.

The video answers questions such as:

  • How do you choose a tile installer or contractor?
  • How can you be sure the job will be done correctly?
  • Why should you hire a certified tile installer?
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Tile Over It or Take It Up?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 1, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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If you've been installing tile for a while, you've certainly encountered situations where you were asked about tiling over an existing tile installation rather than taking up the tile and/or underlayment and starting from fresh. How did you respond? 

Here are two situations Mark Heinlein CTI #1112 and National Tile Contractors Association
Training Director to  help explore possible responses.

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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.

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