The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS) said it has received many requests to make its online courses available at a lower cost. This is so company employees can be productive and take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about their trade and job skills while at home. As such, it is offering members of CTDA, Fuse Alliance and NTCA a discount.
The list price for UofCTS online tuitions is $150 per course. Members of CTDA, Fuse Alliance and NTCA can purchase course tuitions for $100 each. This special offer brings the cost down to $75 each when courses are purchased through one of the respective associations. TTMAC is offering a similar offer based on its member tuition costs. The UofCTS online course tuitions gives 24/7 access for 14 days where users can come and go at their own pace.
Understanding the Basics of Ceramic Tile
This course teaches the basics of tile including terminology, usage, how it is manufactured, how it is installed, describing all of the various installation products, how to assist customers, professional upselling and how to maintain tile. Throughout the course professional sales techniques and tactics are taught. This course is designed to give salespeople the tools they need in order to increase sales and avoid customer false expectations and more. The course can be completed within six to eight hours on average.
Understanding the Basics of Natural Stone
The course teaches the basics of natural stone including terminology, the geology of the various types of stone, usage, how it is quarried, processed and fabricated. The course describes how stone is installed with all of the various installation products. The course teaches how to assist customers, professional upselling and how to maintain natural stone. Throughout the course professional sales techniques and tactics are taught. This course is designed to give salespeople the tools they need in order to increase sales and avoid customer false expectations and more. The course can be completed within six to eight hours on average.
Tile Installer Thin-set Standards (ITS) Verification
The course teaches installers, setters and helpers and technical service and sales representatives industry installation standards, practices and proper installation methods for tile applications. The course applies to ceramic tile, porcelain tile, stone tile, glass tile and other types of adhered tile materials.
The course has an extensive section for teaching installers how to install gauged porcelain tile panels and showing the tools that will be needed. It demonstrates and provides in detail how to install the large, thin tile panels on walls as well as on floors. The course also describes how to install glass tile, shower pans, steam showers, swimming pools and other applications. This course can be completed within five to six hours on average.
The Complete Guide on Developing Tile & Stone Specifications with Architects
This course is a “must take” for anyone doing or interested in doing architectural sales. It covers everything from how to write “bullet proof specs” (that can’t be easily changed), how to find and track projects and how to develop relationships with architects and others to help ensure making the sale. Upon completion of the course the student is provided with a porcelain tile specification template and a natural stone specification template. This course requires two tuitions for registration. This course can be completed within five to six hours on average.
To see video previews of each of the courses, visit the UofCTS website.