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CTEF Blog - About Tile Education and Installer Certification

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 About CTEF, Certified Tile Installer Program

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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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Video Details Hands-on Certified Tile Installer (CTI) Test

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Certified Tile Installer Program

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Have you seen this video by Sal DiBlasi about the hands-on Certified Tile Installer (CTI) test? If you haven't and you're considering becoming certified, we encourage you to do so. We've even embedded it into this article.

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Kevin Insalato Promotes Tile Installation Certification

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 20, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Certified Tile Installer Program

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To support the mission of the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF), Kevin Insalato of California Flooring in the Chicago area has started officially promoting tile installation certification with focus on the Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program.

Kevin is as passionate about quality tile installation as Scott Carothers is (see Why Scott Carothers Cares Intensely About Tile Installation Certification and Education). Only fitting that he should join forces with CTEF to help develop the Regional Evaluators program for tile installation certification. We caught up with Kevin to learn more.

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Seeing Proper Tile Installation is Believing: Remodeling Show, Baltimore

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

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Did you attend the Remodeling Show | DeckExpo | JLC LIVE (R|D|J) on Oct. 6 and 7 in Baltimore, Maryland? If you did, you had the opportunity to see proper tile installation firsthand, and ask questions of installation experts, Scott Carothers from CTEF and Mark Heinlein from NTCA (pictured above).

>> See Why Scott Carothers Cares Intensely About Tile Installation Certification and Education

>> See Mark Heinlein on 5 Benefits of Being a Certified Tile Installer

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How To Differentiate Your Business With Tile Installation Certification

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 1, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Certified Tile Installer Program

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Interested in differentiating your business? Try tile installation certification. This article highlights J&R Tile, Inc. in San Antonio, Texas, which has successfully differentiated its business through the Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program.

We caught up with Erin Albrecht, J&R Tile Director of Operations and daughter and niece of the company co-founders, to learn more.

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Kicking Tile Industry Education Up a Notch with Non-Partisan Events

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 18, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Certified Tile Installer Program, Qualified Labor Series

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Having members of the tile industry come together to address installation issues, new product introductions and customer questions makes the work of the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation really exciting. Ultimately, this truly kicks tile industry education up a knotch or two and more.

Take Karl Parker CTI #1188 who believes strongly in industry education. Karl is the next Certified Tile Installer (CTI) to be featured in the CTEF Blog series about Qualified Labor based on articles in TileLetter.com. 

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Ensure Proper Tile Installation: Become a Certified Tile Installer

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 20, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Certified Tile Installer Program, Qualified Labor Series

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According to Kevin Hurla CTI# 1053, "The whole Certified Tile Installer (CTI) process has information that installers should know to ensure proper installation."

Kevin is the first Certified Tile Installer to be featured in a new CTEF Blog series about Qualified Labor based on articles in TileLetter.com. 

>> See “Knowledge is power,” for recently-certified installer Kevin Hurla of Fox Ceramic Tile

In 5 Benefits of Being a Certified Tile Installer, we mentioned that a certified installer is considered 'qualified labor' as defined by the Tile Council of North America (TCNA).  Quality tile installation is at the heart of all of the education and tile installation certification programs CTEF offers. Needless to say, this topic is near and dear to our hearts!

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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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5 Benefits of Being a Certified Tile Installer

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 23, 2016 8:30:00 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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