Installer Update: CTEP Urges Installers to Take Certification Step
July 2nd, 2008

July-August 2008

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) unveiled its Certified Ceramic Tile Installer (CCTI) program at Coverings 2008.

If you were among the show’s attendees you may have stopped to watch the hands-on installation portion of the test. Five candidates were set up at work stations in the Orange County Convention Center lobby, each installing wall and floor tile based on written specifications. This came after a full-day of classroom training, a half-day of review and a half-day of written testing.

CTEF Executive Director Scott Carothers says the certification program was designed by CTEF to meet the need for documented professionalism within the ceramic tile installation industry. CTEF staff spent 10 months writing the curriculum and a text book based on industry accepted methods and standards. Candidates for CCTI use the Tile Council of America Handbook (TCA) and the American National Standards Specifications for the Installation of Ceramic Tile (ANSI) as references for the test. Carothers says the goal is for CCTI installers to be able to readily use these resources to solve problems and be recognized for their proven abilities by architects, specifiers, builders and homeowners.

The current certification for Level 1 Thinbed Floors and Walls, includes wall and floor installation on wood and concrete surfaces, backerboards, bonding materials, expansion joints, types and performance of ceramic products, performance standards, and safety. Level 2 will cover in-depth water proofing and shower installations. Level 3 will focus on advanced mortar beds and intricate layout and design.

CTEF has designed the program to be “road-directed” for presentation and testing in various locations around the country. The foundation is well-aware that installers often find it difficult to travel to South Carolina for classes. Therefore, the CCTI will travel to numerous markets throughout the year, including Chicago, IL; Grand Rapids, MI; Baltimore, MD; Deerfield Beach, FL; Dallas, TX; and Pendleton, SC. In addition, several companies have requested in-house training and testing. CTEF’s goal is to certify 100 installers this year.

Persons interested in learning more about the CCTI program should visit the website at or contact CTEF at 864-222-2131.

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