Pendleton, S.C.—The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF), which provides education and installer certification for professionals working in the ceramic tile and stone industry, will focus on finished tile work education sessions and Certified Tile Installer (CTI) evaluator training at the 2020 International Surfaces Event (TISE) in Las Vegas. CTEF will be sharing booth #4727 with the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA).
On Jan. 29, Scott Carothers, director of certification and training at CTEF, will conduct a seminar titled “Finished Tile Work – Do It Wrong or Do It Right: Lippage, Grout Joints, and Patterns.” That afternoon, he will have a hands-on demonstration on the show floor to reinforce the same topic.
In its booth space, CTEF will construct three CTI hands-on testing modules in progressive stages of completion for display. The CTEF CTI program is the only third-party assessment of installer skill and knowledge which is recognized by the tile industry.
More importantly, the organization will offer shadowing opportunities to new CTI industry evaluators in order to move them to the next level of expertise of test set-up, the evaluation process and scoring. Industry evaluators offer CTEF the means to expand the CTI program to more locations around the country in response to more tile installation contractors wanting to become CTIs.
The CTI designation identifies the professional installer who has reached a level of proficiency to independently and consistently produce a sound tile installation that displays good workmanship. Certification is the validation of the skills and knowledge of the men and women who presently are installing tile successfully in the United States.
The CTI program includes two separate tests.
- An online open-book exam taken at home or the office as the installer’s schedule allows.
- A hands-on evaluation conducted at regional locations across the United States.
To qualify for the CTI Program, installers must have at least two years of experience as the lead installer setting ceramic tile on a full-time basis. This means having full responsibility for substrate prep, layout, coordinating with other trades along with properly installing underlayment, tile, grout and sealant materials.
Visit CTEF at booth #4727 during TISE 2020. For more information, visit intlsurfaceevent.com/en/home.html.