100 Level Foundations Program - $1219


The 100 Level Foundations Series is a one-week program for Apprentices and Finishers. It covers in-depth the components of year one for a ceramic tile tradesperson and includes the following three components. Dividing the content into focused studies will allow the student to focus on the exact information he or she may need in a shorter amount of time or take all of them and receive a discount for the week.

  • Intro to Ceramic Tile (One day, 8 hours) focuses on understanding the History and Overview of the Trade along with how to set up a job site. $319

  • Ceramic Tile Finishing (Two days, 16 hours) explores with hands-on practice Grouting, Cleaning, and Membranes. $519

  • Advanced Finishing (Two days, 16 hours) prepares an apprentice for Troweling, Measuring, Cutting, and Repairing so they return home with an understanding and practice of these essential skills. $519

Note that by completing the 100 Level Foundations Series, the student may take the ACT Membranes and ACT Grouts hands-on test modules and receive $79 off each test. These can be taken without the prerequisite Certified Tile Installer (CTI) test required for the other seven ACT test modules.

Although there are no prerequisites, CTEF recommends OSHA 10 training.


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Note that a certificate of completion is available upon request.


The Foundations series gives an opportunity for an employer or someone new to the trade to build a foundation upon which to grow.

So often in my own business, it was helpful for our team members to hear the same things we preached internally from someone else.

Second, it gives someone established in the career choices of classes to brush up on a discipline.

Brad Denny Formerly with Nichols Tile & Terrazzo