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Mosaic Flag Finds Home at VFW Post 9400 in Phoenix, AZ

[fa icon="calendar'] July 26, 2022 8:30:00 AM EDT / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF

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Do you remember the incredibly beautiful Mosaic Flag crafted by Angie Halford Ré, owner of Unique Mosaics, and donated by Ron Nash, President of Laticrete? CTEF sold raffle tickets and the drawing took place at Coverings 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. After several months of working through logistics, we are so pleased to share with you that the Mosaic Flag has found a home at VFW Post 9400 in Phoenix, Arizona!

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Thank You for Being Part of the NTCA Matching Grant Campaign!

[fa icon="calendar'] July 8, 2022 8:30:00 AM EDT / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF

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A heartfelt Thank You from all of us at CTEF for being part of the 2022 NTCA Matching Grant Campaign!

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Order Your CTEF + THF Coloring Book: Fund-Raiser!

[fa icon="calendar'] November 16, 2021 8:30:00 AM EST / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF

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Support the tile industry, de-stress with tile inspiration, give a gift that makes tile education, certification, and heritage possible. All that just in time for the holidays!

Or for any occasion.

Order your CTEF + THF Coloring Book Today!

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Support CTEF on #GivingTuesday

[fa icon="calendar'] November 3, 2020 8:30:00 AM EST / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF

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Have you saved December 1st for #GivingTuesday? It's a great way to support organizations such as CTEF...

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Nominate a Coverings Rock Star Today!

[fa icon="calendar'] September 15, 2020 8:30:00 AM EDT / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF, Certified Tile Installer Program

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Do you know any tile industry Rock Stars? If you do, then nominate them for the Coverings 2021 Emerging Leaders Program, otherwise known as Coverings Rock Stars. You have until December 18, 2020.

Given that we're CTEF, we encourage you to nominate tile contractor Rock Stars today!

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The TCNA Handbook for Ceramic, Glass and Stone Tile Installation

[fa icon="calendar'] September 1, 2020 8:30:00 AM EDT / 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.

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Register for Coverings Connected: August 26

[fa icon="calendar'] August 11, 2020 8:30:00 AM EDT / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF, Installation + Design

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Have you registered for your August dose of Coverings Connected? If not, time to do so! It takes place August 26, 2020, and includes three outstanding presentations.

More details below.

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Access Fundamentals of Thin Bed Knowledge at No Cost

[fa icon="calendar'] August 4, 2020 8:30:00 AM EDT / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF, Installation + Design

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Have you heard? CTEF's “Fundamentals of Thin-Bed Knowledge” - otherwise known as the FTBK Guide - is now available at no cost to anyone associated with the tile industry. That's right no cost.

Furthermore, if you'd like to use your newly-found tile industry knowledge from this guide to complete an online test, you can earn a Certificate of Completion as a Fundamentals of Thin-Bed Knowledge industry professional for a $99 fee.

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Qualified Labor Matters to Kitchen and Bath Design: NKBA Webinar Series

[fa icon="calendar'] July 28, 2020 8:30:00 AM EDT / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF, Installation + Design

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When it comes to successfully completing kitchen and bath installations, Qualified Labor matters. It helps ensure that the tile installation will perform as expected and look as designed for years to come in spaces that demand a great deal from proper performance. 

Given how demanding these spaces are, there's tremendous benefit to ensuring that designers and installers collaborate as Dan Hecox showed us in Dan Hecox Inspires Designers, Tile Installers to Aspire to Higher Standards. The more designers understand the requirements of tile installations that perform and the better tile installers communicate with designers, the more likely success is all around.

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Certified Tile Installers #TransformTheTrade

[fa icon="calendar'] June 2, 2020 8:30:00 AM EDT / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF, Certified Tile Installer Program, Qualified Labor Series

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In a nutshell, tile installation certification programs transform the tile trade and industry for the better. Those programs include the Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program as well as the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) program#TransformTheTrade   

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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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