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On this page, you'll find news about CTEF, providing you with perspective on what has been accomplished over the years and how CTEF is positioned to deliver on its mission.

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The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) focuses on ceramic tile education and tile installation certification. For perspective, be sure to explore the following pages:

>>  CTEF Training Programs

>>  CTEF Tile Installation Certification Programs


News Releases CTEF Has Published

Below you'll find links to releases about CTEF news.

CTEF Auctions 'Wally the Gator' Artisanal Mosaic Mural During April; On Display at Coverings 2023

News From 2024:

CTEF Focuses on CTI/ACT Certification and Training for Tile Installers at Coverings 2024 - 4/8/24

CTEF Improves Two Core Tile Installation Training Programs - 4/1/24

CTEF Promotes Value of Certification and Training for Tile Installers at TISE 2024 - 1/15/24


From 2023:

Beginning, Intermediate Training Classes Qualify for FCEF “100 in 100” - 11/21/23

CTEF Annual Online Auction Includes Tile Installation Products, Materials, and Experiences - 8/14/23

CTEF  Demonstrates Sealants, Mosaics, and Troweling for Coverage, and Walks Through Gauged Porcelain Tile Panel Test for Advanced Installer Certification (ACT) During Coverings 2023 - 4/4/23

CTEF Auctions 'Wally the Gator' Artisanal Mosaic Mural During April; On Display at Coverings 2023 - 3/22/23

CTEF Expands Tile Installation Training and Certification for 2023 - 1/4/23


From 2022:

CTEF Online Auction Features $80K+ of Tile Installation Products and Materials - 8/16/22

Raffle Results: See Mosaic Flag Finds Home at VFW Post 9400 in Phoenix, AZ - 7/26/22

Online Auction Benefiting CTEF Takes Place August 18-22, 2022 - 7/11/22

Matching Grant 2022 Results: See Thank You for Being Part of the NTCA Matching Grant Campaign! - 7/8/22

Support CTEF By Participating in the 2022 NTCA Matching Grant Program - 5/2/22

CTEF Demonstrates “GPTP By the Standard”, Promotes Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) at Coverings 2022 - 3/23/2022

CTEF Raffles Off Angie Halford Ré Mosaic Flag at Coverings 2022 - 3/21/2022


CTEF Honors Two Tile Industry Contractors with Newly Created Dan Hecox Service Award

From 2021:

CTEF Hires Bradford Denny CTI #1190 as Executive Director - 11/2/21

NTCA Matching Grant Program Generates Record Number of Individual Donations in Support for CTEF - 8/18/21

NTCA Matching Grant Program Generates Three Corporate Gifts to CTEF - 8/17/21

CTEF Honors Two Tile Industry Contractors with Newly Created Dan Hecox Service Award - 7/14/21

Support CTEF By Participating in NTCA Matching Grant Program - 4/30/21


From 2020:

Support CTEF by Shopping at Smile.Amazon.com - 12/15/20

CTEF Joins Global GivingTuesday Generosity Movement to Support Tile Installation Certification and Education on December 1st - 11/19/20

Online Auction to Benefit CTEF Generates Over $33K - 11/4/20

CTEF Schedules First Certification Testing Event of 2021 - 10/23/20

Online Auction to Benefit CTEF Takes Place October 21 - 26, 2020 -  9/22/20

Fundamentals of Thin-Bed Knowledge Now Available at No Cost - 8/3/20

DW Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting Pledges $1,000 per Month to CTEF During COVID-19 Pandemic - 7/24/20

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) Welcomes New Members to its Board of Directors - 3/2/20

CTEF Focuses on CTI Evaluator Training and Finished Tile Work Education Sessions During TISE 2020 - 1/16/20

Newest members of the CTEF Board of Directors

From 2019:

CTEF Joins Global GivingTuesday Movement to Raise Awareness for CTI Program - 11/27/19

Learn About Tile Installation Best Practices at the North/Central Jersey NARI Chapters Meeting - 9/12/19

Heidi Cronin Hired as CTEF Industry Liaison and Promotions Director - 5/30/19

Coverings 2019 $150,000 Donation to CTEF Increases Total Contributions to over $1.5 Million - 4/10/19

CTEF Highlights Qualified Labor Message at Coverings 19 - 4/1/19

Ceramic Tile Education Foundation Publishes 2019 CTEF Certification and Training Schedule - 1/17/19

From 2018:

Certified Tile Installer (CTI) Program Achieves Milestone - 10/29/18

Ceramic Tile Education Foundation Launches Searches for Executive Director - 9/21/18

Alphabetical Listing of Certified Tile Installers Available on CTEF Website - 8/13/18

Homeowner Guide to Finding a Qualified Tile Installer Now Available from CTEF - 6/1/18

CTEF Focuses on Qualified Labor at Coverings 18 - 4/23/18

Ceramic Tile Education Foundation Unveils New Logo - 3/8/18

Ceramic Tile Education Foundation Publishes 2018 CTEF Certification and Training Schedule - 1/25/18

CTEF Holds Tile Installation Certification Demonstrations During TISE 2018 - 1/19/18

From 2017:

CTEF Regional Evaluators Expand Certified Tile Installer (CTI) Hands-on Testing Program - 8/24/17

Two Days of Certified Tile Installer Hands-on Testing Scheduled for TISE 2017 - 1/11/17

From 2016:

CTEF Spreads Word About Certified Tile Installers via New Website - 12/2/16


Certified Tile Installers at Coverings

News Stories About CTEF 

CTEF Journal: from the mind of Brad Denny in TileLetter on April 1, 2022

The Plot to Take over the (tile) World on December 14, 2021, in The Grinder

Apprentice program for tile workers aims to grow the fledgling labor field on July 12, 2018

Starnet and NTCA Partner for Tile and Stone Training on March 16, 2018

Floor Trends Magazine's Dave Foster conducted a 13:48 minute video interview with Scott Carothers during The International Surfaces Event (TISE) 2017. See CTEF’s Scott Carothers on Certification Programs.

Scott Carothers submitted a letter to This Old House | Generation NEXT about the importance of education and the trades on December 30th, 2016. We invite you to read Generation NEXT Letters | Scott Carothers.

In Floor Covering Installer Magazine, Schluter-Systems's Woodruff Named 'CTI Host of the Year' - November 30, 2015

In Tile Magazine, The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation and Schluter Systems, LLP host first open shop ACT testing - October 14, 2014 (Note that you may to complete free registration to read the entire article.)

From Coverings 2014, the following video about the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) 2:36 video - May 15, 2014


From Kitchen & Bath Business Magazine, 1000th Certified Tile Installer Announced 4/10/2014

From Floor Trends Magazine, CTEF Certifies 1,000th Tile Installer, 4/9/2014

CTEF Certifies 1,000th Tile Installer

From Floor Covering Weekly, NTCA awards Carothers with Ring of Honor, 12/18/2013

Tile Magazine published CTEF announces leadership expansion plans on May 31, 2013.

The TEC Specialty Blog published How Installer Certification Can Change Floor Installation Industry in February 2013.

From TileLetter, Ceramic Tile Education Foundation Announces New Training Initiative, August 27, 2012

From Fabulous Floors Magazine, Ceramic Tile Education Foundation Provides Installation Certification - April 6, 2012

From TileLetter, CTEF Streamlines Certified Tile Installer Testing Process - March 21, 2012

From the FloorPro Community, CTEF Announces Scott Carothers Executive Director - April 18, 2007 


Articles Written by CTEF's Academic Director, Scott Carothers

Scott Carothers regularly contributes articles about the importance of correctly installing tile to trade publications in the tile industry. Here are just a few.

>> CTEF Tile Tip: There Should Not Be Any Broken Ceramic Tile 12/17/16 in Floor Trends Magazine

>> Al’s Column: TISE offers certified training in tile 12/21/16 in Floor Covering News


In Tile Magazine:

Thin Porcelain Tile is no longer… 11/10/2016

Bath and shower installations: learn from experience 9/1/2016

What are crack isolation membranes and how are they used? 7/1/2016

The proper underlayment can fill the need correctly 5/13/2016

Changes and confusion in the marketplace 11/4/2015

How to install a beautiful and functional stall shower 9/1/2015

Understanding crack isolation Membranes 7/1/2015

Underlayments solve many problems 9/15/2015

New ACT Thin Porcelain Tile (TPT) testing program 11/4/2014

New ACT Grouts testing program 9/8/2014


Links to Past Annual Reports to Sponsors

2020 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report