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What is the Certified Tile Installer Program?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 29, 2022 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, and layout, along with properly installing underlayment, tile, grout, and sealant materials.

If yes, consider becoming a Certified Tile Installer (CTI).

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Tile Installation Certification in Action

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 15, 2022 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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Meet CTI #1800: Chris Osterritter, Art by Tile

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 18, 2022 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Certified Tile Installer Program, Qualified Labor Series

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Are you a CTI? If you've not completed the Certified Tile Installer program, you should reconsider. Don't take it from CTEF. Instead, we invite you to learn from Chris Osterritter CTI #1800 in this article from the Qualified Labor Series.

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5+ Benefits of Being a Certified Tile Installer

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 20, 2022 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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Tile ProSource Supports CTI Testing and CTEF

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 21, 2022 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Certified Tile Installer Program

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There's no denying that without companies like Tile ProSource to support CTEF, the Certified Tile Installer program would not be what it is today.

The CTI program requires hands-on testing locations around the country, not just in Pendleton, SC where CTEF is headquartered. Furthermore, in addition to the hands-on test itself, the program includes an orientation the evening before the test, not to mention cleanup.

So committing to being a CTI test location host means you're willing to give up a good bit of space for some serious tile installation action over more than a day.

In the case of Tile ProSource in Tennessee, the owners not only generously offered CTEF warehouse space but also treated everyone involved in the CTI test to a tile-themed feast. Plus, they've also added to their online checkout process an option to donate to the CTEF Mission!

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Grading the Toughest 25 Square Feet of Tile You'll Ever Install (Video)

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 15, 2022 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Certified Tile Installer Program

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For those who are unfamiliar with the Certified Tile Installer program, tile contractor Salvatore DiBlasi put together a two-part video series documenting not only what's involved, but also how the hands-on test is graded.

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How to Become a Tile Professional

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 18, 2022 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Certified Tile Installer Program, Tile Education & Training

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If you have no experience in tiling and haven't been involved in a trade school program, how do you become a tile installation professional?

Great question, and here are options for you to consider.

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Are All Tile Installer Certifications Created Equal?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 2, 2021 8:30:00 AM / by Scott Carothers posted in Certified Tile Installer Program

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Are all tile installer certifications created equal? The short answer is NO!

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

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 13, 2020 8:30:00 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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Nominate a Coverings Rock Star Today!

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 15, 2020 8:30:00 AM / 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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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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