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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:
COVID-19 Causes Staff Downsizing at CTEF
We hope that each and every one of you are healthy and staying safe during these difficult and unforeseen times.
The COVID19 pandemic has abruptly comprised the health of many people and drastically affected the global economy. CTEF is no different than other business enterprises and has had to make some very difficult staff decisions. In that light, CTEF has found it necessary to cut hours for some of the staff and has laid off Industry Liaison and Promotions Director, Heidi Cronin, effective April 6, 2020.
Heidi worked diligently to promote the Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program through social media and other promotional avenues as well as securing host sites for the hands-on testing. We want to thank Heidi for all of her efforts and wish her well in her next life journey.
CTEF is working hard to maintain the high-level of integrity and persistence in the CTI program along with training all who are interested in the betterment of the ceramic tile industry.
To Support the CTEF Mission during COVID-19:
News Releases CTEF Has Published
Below you'll find links to releases about CTEF news.
News Stories About CTEF
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
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 Training 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
Changes and confusion in the marketplace 11/4/2015
Underlayments solve many problems 9/15/2015
New ACT Grouts testing program 9/8/2014