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What a Pyrite Wall Failure Teaches You About Proper Tile Installation

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 18, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installing Tile TIps

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Here we have a pyrite wall failure. What do you think it teaches about proper tile installation?

On this blog, you read about best practices for quality tile installations and how Certified Tile Installers (CTIs) go about installing tile. You've also heard them refer to having their work taken apart and inspected as part of the CTI hands-on test.

That same approach is how Mark Heinlein CTI #1112 and Robb Roderick  CTI #727 troubleshoot tile installation issues in their role as National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) Technical Trainers. In this article, they respond to a failed installation of pyrite tile on a wall.

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Top 15 Tips for #BecomeaCTI Success

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 11, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF, Certified Tile Installer Program

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What are your top tips for becoming a CTI? 

The CTEF Certified Tile Installer program is regularly described as the toughest 25 square feet you'll ever have to tile. It's intense, but not impossible if you're prepared.

To that end, here are our 15 top tips for success, including advice from Mark Heinlein CTI #1112. We invite you to share yours and we'll add them to the list.

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Addicted to Quality Tile Installation

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 28, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Qualified Labor Series

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How addicted are you to quality tile installation?

As you might imagine, at the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF), we are completely addicted to quality tile installations. In case you aren't sure what that is, it's the kind of work that takes beautiful ceramic materials and transforms them into spectacular and useful kitchens, bathrooms, floors and walls that delight and perform as promised and expected indefinitely into time.

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Clean Tile Installation + Technical Excellence: Chanel Carrizosa CTI #1380

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 21, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Qualified Labor Series

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Chanel is next in the CTEF Blog series about Qualified Labor based on two articles published in TileLetter.com: Passion and Ability - Not Gender - Make a Stellar Tile Contractor and Chanel Carrizosa CTI #1380: Promote Qualified Labor First. 

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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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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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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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