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CTEF Blog - About Tile Education and Installer Certification

Meet CTI #1500: Alex Smith of Boone, NC

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 30, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Qualified Labor Series, About CTEF

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As you might imagine, we love celebrating milestones especially when they reflect hard work and appreciation for the importance of installing tile correctly the first time, adhering to tile installation standards and methods, and generally making Qualified Labor meaningful.

Here's a perfect example: Alex Smith who, after not completing the hands-on portion of the Certified Tile Installer program test in 2015, returned, passed and became CTI #1500. That's a milestone from many perspectives.

We caught up with Alex to learn more about him and his love of tile installation.

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CTEF Is Searching for an Executive Director!

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 18, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF

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The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation has news to share with you! We are searching for an Executive Director to take the foundation's mission to the next level.

This represents a major milestone for CTEF. Realize that all the education, training and certification of 1,500 CTIs and many ACTs achieved this far has happened because of the intense dedication of two full-time staff members, an army of volunteers and the outsourcing of some functions. 

It's time, though, for a dedicated Executive Director.

We caught up with Bart Bettiga, Executive Director of the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and member of the CTEF Board of Directors to learn more.

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Add Your Mark to the Global Monumental Hand-Print Mural Project

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 17, 2018 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 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 and supports Tile Heritage's vital tile industry archiving work. 

Will you participate? 

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Qualified Labor, Certification, Tile Industry Recognized: New CTEF Logo

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 20, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF

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Have you noticed the new CTEF logo? It's in two different flavors that both prominently feature the words "Qualified Labor, Certification and Tile Industry Recognized."

These words recognize that the CTEF installer certification programs (i.e., CTI and ACT) are tile industry recognized and define a tile installer with those designations as being ‘Qualified Labor.’

Let's explore in more detail.

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The TCNA Handbook for Ceramic, Glass and Stone Tile Installation

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 14, 2017 9:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF

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If you spend time with anyone involved in the proper installation of ceramic tile, the TCNA Handbook for Ceramic, Glass, and Stone Tile Installation will be the focal point of the conversation.  Why? Because this useful guide assists in clarifying and standardizing installation specifications for tile.

In addition to providing a selection of numbered installation "methods" for differentiating and easy reference, the Handbook includes various product selection guides for ceramic, glass, and stone tiles; guidelines for wet areas; field and installation requirements, and more.

Produced by the Tile Council of North America (TCNA), the TCNA Handbook for Ceramic, Glass, and Stone Tile Installation has been published on a continuous basis since 1963. 

Here's an overview.

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D&B Tile Distributors and Tile Certification: Harold Yarborough Q&A

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 10, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Certified Tile Installer Program, About CTEF

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Thanks to tile industry leaders like Harold Yarborough, President and CEO of D&B Tile Distributors in Florida and member of the CTEF Board of Directors, CTEF is able to bring to life and grow its mission and tile certification: 

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Tile Industry Teamwork in Action at Artistic Tile in Nashua, NH

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 25, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF, Certified Tile Installer Program

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Tile industry teamwork is what powers so much of the awareness of quality labor and the importance of tile industry installation standards and best practices.

Not only do  you see it happening within the Top Tile Associations and Organizations, but you see it regularly in action when hands-on Certified Tile Installer (CTI) evaluations take place, starting with the tile companies that host the evaluations.

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Coverings Now Elite CTEF Sponsor

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 13, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF

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CTEF owes special thanks to Coverings for its generous and long time support. In fact, that's why you will now notice Coverings listed as an Elite CTEF Sponsor when you explore becoming a CTEF Sponsor.

About Coverings

If you aren't familiar with Coverings, here's perspective on the show and the critical role it plays in the tile industry. 

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The Top Tile Associations and Organizations

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 15, 2016 8:30:00 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 perspective on those dynamics, we've put together this list detailing each tile industry association.

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The Future Looks Bright for Certified Tile Installers: Installation Summit 2016

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 13, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF, Certified Tile Installer Program

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If you are considering becoming a Certified Tile Installer, your future looks bright!  You see, flooring installers - and particularly quality installers - are in short supply.  In fact, the floor covering industry considers this so critical that it held an Installation Summit focused on installation issues and opportunities, including those relevant to tile.

In this article, Bart Bettiga, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) Executive Director and CTEF Board Member, shares highlights from the session.

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