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CTEF Blog - About Tile Education and Installer Certification

Why Should You Take the CTI Test? Contractors Respond

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 2, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Certified Tile Installer Program, Qualified Labor Series

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Why should a tile installer consider becoming a Certified Tile Installer (CTI)? We asked the community to weigh in on Facebook, so you can read about some of their reasons - in their own words - for becoming certified and Qualified Labor.

We've organized their responses into the following 10 themes.

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The First Ever CTI Challenge - Coverings 2018

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 10, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Qualified Labor Series, Installation + Design

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Did you have a chance to witness the first ever CTI Challenge? It took place during Coverings 2018 in the Installation Experience space, pitting two intensely passionate Certified Tile Installer teams to complete an ambitious installation over three days. The installation had to meet tile industry standards and guidelines.  

Here's a recap.

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There's Real Value to Being a Certified Tile Installer

[fa icon="calendar'] May 1, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Qualified Labor Series

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According to Steve Brace CTI #1152, becoming a Certified Tile Installer has delivered value not just to his customers, but also to his business.

Steve is next in the CTEF Blog series about Qualified Labor based on an article in TileLetter.com titled "Certification translates directly to increased business, fees and knowledge about details of the trade."

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7 Reasons to Become a Certified Tile Installer

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 13, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Qualified Labor Series

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Are you on the fence about whether to become a Certified Tile Installer? In this article, Eric Tetreault CTI #708 offers you seven reasons for not looking back and validating your skills as a tile setter.

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Passionate About Setting Tile By the Book: Jason McDaniel Explains

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 16, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Qualified Labor Series

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What sets Certified Tile Installers apart is a deep passion and commitment for setting tile by the book. The TCNA Handbook that is, along with its companion references, the ANSI Standards and the NTCA Reference Manual.

Jason McDaniel CTI #1273 of Stoneman Construction LLC in Portland, Oregon is a perfect example.  He's also next in the CTEF Blog series about Qualified Labor. 

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Why Tile Installation Certification is Necessary

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 19, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Qualified Labor Series

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Wondering why tile installation certification is necessary for your tile business? Robert Davis CTI #1246 provides five good reasons why a tile installer should become Certified Tile Installer (CTI).

Robert is next in the CTEF Blog series about Qualified Labor  based on an article in TileLetter.com titled "Becoming a Certified Tile Installer: a way to measure progress" by Terryn Rutford.

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Stand Out as a Tile Installer: Be Certified!

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 7, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Qualified Labor Series

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For Dave Karp CTI #220, becoming Certified Tile Installer (CTI) meant standing out as a professional tile setter. Not only did it provide him with enough confidence to open his own tile shop - Tile Fusion - but it has also set him on a path that allows him to hone his high-end, detail-focused residential tile installation business.

Dave is next in the CTEF Blog series about Qualified Labor  based on articles in TileLetter.com. 

>> See Certification: a standard to validating professionalism, skills and willingness to excel

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Tile Certification to Test Your Skill and Knowledge

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 3, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Qualified Labor Series

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Edwardo Martinez CTI #1239 describes becoming a Certified Tile Installer as, “I did it backwards. No studying, no prep work. I filled a spot last minute. I did it to test my skill and knowledge.”

He is next in the CTEF Blog series about Qualified Labor  based on articles in TileLetter.com. 

>> See Certification provides confidence; shows commitment and excellence

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Tile Certification Signals Commitment to Education and Training

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 29, 2017 8:45:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Qualified Labor Series

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Shon Parker CTI #999 compares becoming a Certified Tile Installer to going to college for computer programming and obtaining a degree. It increases your worth to employers and clients and signals your commitment to learning everything you can about installing tile correctly the first time. 

Shon Parker is next in the CTEF Blog series about Qualified Labor  based on articles in TileLetter.com. 

>> See CTI exam tests and teaches Hawthorne Tile’s project manager Shon Parker learns from the Certified Tile Installer evaluation

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Have You Been Laying Tile for 20 Years? Get Certified Says Charles Nolen

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 27, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Qualified Labor Series

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We are frequently asked why someone who has been laying tile for twenty or more years should bother becoming a Certified Tile Installer.

Rather than expand on 5 Benefits of Being a Certified Tile Installer, we'll let Charles Nolen  CTI #1222  from Miller's Flooring America explain why he made the decision.  Charles is next   in the  CTEF Blog series about Qualified Labor  based on articles in TileLetter.com. 

>> See Certification: providing a bridge to the larger tile community for Charles Nolen, Miller’s Flooring America

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