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CTEF Blog - About Tile Education and Installer Certification

Fight Subpar Tile Installation Says John Trent CTI #277

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 27, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Qualified Labor Series

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Horrified about subpar tile installation? Become a Certified Tile Installer. That's according to John Trent CTI #277, a former tile installer, and now a territory manager for Schluter Systems since 2012. He was one of those subpar installers who now encourages all installers he meets to become Qualified Labor.

John is next in the CTEF Blog series about Qualified Labor based on an article in TileLetter.com titled John Trent: Certification - fighting the good fight against sub-par installations.

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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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Become a Certified Tile Installer Says Bill Baptista CTI #834

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 23, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Qualified Labor Series

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If you're serious about installing tile as a profession, you'll become a Certified Tile Installer. That's according to Bill Baptista CTI #834, who feels strongly about certification as a differentiator.

Bill is next in the CTEF Blog series about Qualified Labor based on an article in TileLetter.com titled Bill Baptista: “Don't Be Left Behind; Get Certified”

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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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