OCTOBER 2017: NTCA BENEFITS BOX

Partnering for Success:
Choose up to $2,000 in vouchers from four new categories

Partnering for Success (PFS) is NTCA’s highly successful voucher program, which gives back to members more than threefold the amount of their membership in setting materials and sundries used by installers every day. Manufacturer partners agree to reimburse vouchers of designated amounts of materials for new and returning members. This allows members to get a discount or free items for some of the materials they use the most, or some of the materials they’ve wanted to try, basically risk free.

This year, the PFS is making a change to four categories: Tile,
Tools/Heating Systems, Sundries and Setting Materials. With the growth of the NTCA – nearly 1,400 members strong now – it became imperative to change the selection process to give exposure to some of some of the smaller participating manufacturers in addition to the well-known and established manufacturers who have been supporting this program for many years. This led to the creation of the four-category system that will be instituted in 2018.

NTCA is aware that people aren’t really fond of change. To soften the impact of changing to a four category system, NTCA increased the dollar value from $1,800 in vouchers per member to $2,000 in vouchers per member – more than three times the value of the $600 NTCA annual membership. Every member of the NTCA can find at least $600 worth of free materials that will offset the membership cost. In addition to the vouchers program, membership dues give the NTCA the ability to continue the quest to promote qualified labor and certification, elevating the industry and the trade.

NTCA Launches New Career Center for Job Seekers and Employers

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), has added an updated, high-powered Career Center available now on its website. The Career Center is designed to provide both employers and job seekers with a better overall job board experience through a modern design and an intuitive interface.

Job seekers can manage their job search, access job postings, post a resume, or join the job alert system. The job search feature is made easy and can be filtered by position and location, returning up to 100 results at a time. Employers are able to quickly post job openings, manage online recruiting efforts, advance resume searching, or reach targeted qualified applicants. The tool allows employers to search for resumes, keep track of candidates, post company information, and much more. The Career Center can be accessed through a desktop, smartphone, tablet, or any mobile device.

“NTCA is excited to offer an easy-to-use program that will allow for people to post their resume to explore their options at furthering their career.  As more and more people do this, we will be able to help connect companies looking for qualified people in the tile and stone industry to these candidates,” said Bart Bettiga, executive director.

The Career Center can be accessed on the home page of the NTCA website at www.tile-assn.com, or by visiting the following link: Click Here!

NTCA University

Knowledge is power, the saying goes. And NTCA is doing its best to be sure you are knowledgeable about your industry and your trade, and a powerful force among customers, clients and competitors.

One of the ways NTCA is doing this is through NTCA University. If you haven’t heard about this veritable online college, visit www.tile-assn.com for details.

To recap, the first six months of the Finisher Apprentice Program in NTCA University are complete, packed with course content from contractors and manufacturers. There are over 40 courses in the 0 – 6 month Finisher Apprentice Orientation section of the program. Each course ranges from 10-20 minutes in length and has a quiz following to test the learner’s knowledge. These courses are, obviously, useful for apprentices, but also for those in the industry for many years since they contain safety and product information that benefits anyone in the trade. For example, if you haven’t worked with epoxy grout for a while, you can take a course on it as a refresher.

One of the benefits of NTCA membership is that NTCA contractor members receive special pricing.

  • NTCA Contractor Members: $99 per company
  • Associate/Affiliate Members: $199 per company
  • Non-NTCA Members: $499 per company

If you purchase this subscription, you will have access to all of the online learning content, including anything new that is created, through December 31, 2017. As long as you have internet access, you can view courses from a computer, tablet, or phone.

Visit the NTCA Store at www.tile-assn.com to purchase your NTCA University subscription. And get started pumping up your knowledge or welcoming new apprentices, armed with know-how and information to make your company a leader in the field.

Want to know more? Visit NTCA University Update on page 98 of this issue.

NTCA Members receive a 20% discount on all ConsensusDocs subscriptions.

NTCA membership provides another great recently-established benefit for your convenience and accuracy. The ConsensusDocs platform provides instant access to your contract documents from any computer through a secure web-based portal. Simply log in and your personalized dashboard makes it easy to locate recent projects, edit contracts, review changes made by your collaborators, or start a new contract using any of 100+ contracts. ConsensusDocs contracts are endorsed by a diverse coalition of 40+ design and construction industry associations representing designers, owners, contractors, subcontractors and surities including the NTCA.

Because the contracts are developed by this diverse coalition, they ensure that all parties in a construction project are operating under a fair contract – one in which their interests are represented during the drafting process. ConsensusDocs contracts protect the best interests of the project rather than a singular party, yielding better project results and fewer disputes.

ConsensusDocs incorporate best practices to provide a better contractual foundation and reduce costly risk contingencies. ConsensusDocs covers all your construction contracting needs with its over 100 industry-tested contracts and forms.

ConsensusDocs contract documents:

  • Help you save time and money by providing a better contractual foundation to build, written in plain English, instead of legalese;
  • Encourage direct and positive communications, instead of creating contractual silos;
  • Give owners an active role in the design and construction process;
  • Address essential legal and insurance issues, including a “hold harmless” provision.

The advantages of using industry-accepted standard form contracts are significant.  They are cost-effective, easily edited via MS Word®, and accessible 24/7 via secure online technology. ConsensusDocs contracts are regularly updated to keep pace with changes in the law and in the industry, and all subscribers receive new and updated contracts within their packages at no charge.  The comprehensive catalog addresses all major project delivery methods and provides coordinated administrative forms.

Contractors can choose from a free package, the Prequalification & Bond Forms package, or start with the Express Package Per Document, which is just $319 for Coalition Members, with member pricing.

ConsensusDocs offer you:

  • 24/7 access – Access your documents anytime from anywhere via a secure, cloud-based system.
  • Easy to edit – Microsoft Word®-based technology for easy editing and collaboration.
  • Easy to collaborate – Invite anyone to collaborate on your contract for free – you control editing rights.
  • Create favorites – Create “Favorites” at the click of a button from ConsensusDocs contracts that have been modified to meet your unique needs.
  • Convert and compare – Comparison tools allow you to easily see changes from one document version to another.

Find out more and save on your contract documents:

  1. Use your NTCA-ConsensusDocs Member Discount Code
  2. Visit www.consensusdocs.org (link is external)
  3. Or contact ConsensusDocs at (866) 925-DOCS(3627) or [email protected]

 

NTCA Benefit Box

My Plan It Traveler:

Vacations at a deep discount

Getting valuable time away with family and friends — or even traveling to industry events to enrich your knowledge of the industry and network with likeminded people — can be costly, when you add up airfare, hotel, car rentals and more. But My Plan It Traveler is a new travel benefits partnership, offered free for all NTCA members (a $49/year value), that helps you trim your travel costs and keep more money in your pocket to enjoy on your time away.

MyPlanITraveler.com is a next-generation, travel membership site that provides wholesale pricing on hotel stays, vacation resorts, car rentals, cruises and travel activities.

As a member you will find insider deals not available to the public, on world-class brands like Hilton, Sheraton, Holiday Inn, Wyndham, Disney, Hertz, Avis, Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises and much more. And, there are no blackout dates and no restrictions.

With advanced search technology, MyPlanItTraveler.com finds you the lowest public price on the web and displays it so you can see the amazing savings and value your exclusive membership has to offer. With your signature membership, you will find rates up to 35% lower than what’s available on popular travel sites.

Your free My Plan It Traveler membership entitles you to exclusive access to deep discounts on hotels, car rentals, cruises and tons of fun family activities!You can also earn rewards for shopping online.

My Plan It Traveler offers deals on over 400,000 hotels and resorts, 8,000 car rental locations, theme park and excursion activities, guaranteed lowest rates and a 100% money back guarantee policy!

You can also upgrade your free annual membership anytime after you register for only $69 (That’s $30 off the regular price). With your upgrade, you will be able to basically double your savings.

So, no more searching countless websites for the lowest price on travel. No more second-guessing your deal.  Join the club. The My Plan It Traveler benefit through NTCA will take good care of you.

For more information, visit www.myplanittraveler.com/ntca.

NTCA CONTINUES CAREER DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS WITH APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

In an effort to provide online training to support tile contracting companies, the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) is in the process of completing the first year of its Apprenticeship Program. The first year, introduced at Coverings 2016, is broken into six-month increments. The first section focuses on introducing the worker to the tile industry, promoting safety in the workplace, the types of tools that will be used on a regular basis, and basic knowledge of mixing materials and how products are used together. The final phase of the first year of the program will go into further detail of installation processes like surface preparation and profiling.

The Apprenticeship Program was developed to attract people into the trade by demonstrating a clear path for them to be properly trained while they are employed and being compensated. The online program is intended to support contractors own training efforts on the jobsite. It serves as related learning for a Department of Labor-approved apprenticeship program that a contractor provides, or any additional training for introductory employees including sales people, counter help at a distributor, or helpers. The program can also serve as a refresher course for those who haven’t had training or education in these areas in a while. Contractors can sign up for the program through NTCA University for an all-access subscription and can register any current or future employee.

According to Education and Training Coordinator Becky Serbin, the association will soon begin developing the second year of the program, which will include more in-depth knowledge of grouting techniques, waterproofing, transitioning into a tile setter helper role, and introducing the worker to management courses to provide training for individuals to manage their own finishing crew.

“While the content development has been slower than I originally expected, I have been working with contractors and manufacturers to ensure that the information we are providing can be used to give the next generation of mechanics the tools they need for successful tile installations,” Serbin said. “I’m lookingforward to the next year as we continue to grow NTCA University into a site that all tile installers can come to learn something new, no matter their skill level.”

NTCA is in the final stages of working out agreements with technical colleges about using this program as curriculum for the education portion of their classes. The next steps in development of the apprenticeship program will be a tile setter related learning program which will also be a two-year related training program. The curriculum will continue to be announced in six month increments, and will be available for viewing and purchase online as each course is completed.

NTCA Benefits Box – April 2017

NTCA’s State Ambassador program – 132 strong at last count – has evolved over the last few years from its State Director program.

These “ambassadors” represent the NTCA and assist trainers at local NTCA Tile & Stone Workshops, recruit and recommend contractors for membership, work with local distributors in circulating NTCA brochures, applications and posters in their locations, and welcome and support new members. They also provide current industry news from their local area, which is often covered in TileLetter magazine or at tileletter.com online.

The intent of this group is to form a strong, supportive web of NTCA members that support the tile trade and all NTCA members in the local area. They also positively promote qualified labor, certification, the NTCA, and the tile industry as a whole.

Many of the State Ambassadors are installers themselves, but some are manufacturer reps who cover more than one state. Active in this program are: Ardex Americas, Bostik, Daltile, HB Fuller, MAPEI and wedi.

State Ambassadors are also NTCA’s eyes and ears in the local market, and gather information and ideas that can help NTCA better serve local contractors.

Visit NTCA at www.tile-assn.com and search for “2017 State Ambassadors” or use this shortened link to take you directly to the list of State Ambassadors: http://bit.ly/2o8gmLe.

NTCA Benefits Box – March 2017

Benefits Box: Marketing and Contractor Safety Programs

Among the plethora of programs offered by membership in the NTCA, are two options that have an immediate benefit for your business: The NTCA Marketing Program and the NTCA Contractors Safety Program.

Marketing Program

Want to promote your business but not sure where to start and what to say? NTCA has developed a package of professional marketing tools specifically designed to promote the contractor’s services. This affordable program can be tailored for your residential or commercial clients.

 

 

NTCA Contractors Safety Program

Wondering why you need a safety program? An active safety program is necessary to bid or secure work, and avoid costly interruptions to company operations. It can allow you to reduce insurance and worker compensation costs, while helping to improve employee attitude, morale and reinforce a feeling of teamwork. An active safety program can also help cultivate quality employee applicants.

Of course, one of the key reasons to invest in a safety program is to reduce on-the-job accidents, improve overall quality and reduce the need for training replacement personnel.

The NTCA Contractor Safety Program is different from other safety programs because it was created to meet the specific needs of tile contractors.  It was developed by NTCA in cooperation with Jim Isaminger of D.M.I. Tile and Marble in Birmingham, Ala.  Programs are tailored for business sizes between 1-10 employees, 11-20 employees, 21-30 employees, and those companies with 31 and more employees. Receive a $100 discount for just being an NTCA member.

For more information on these and other benefits, contact assistant executive director Jim Olson at [email protected] or call 612-788-4726. Or view all NTCA membership benefits at http://www.tile-assn.com/?page=Membership.

NTCA Benefits Box – January 2017

benefitsboxNTCA offers two “partner” programs in its package for members: PartnerShip® and Partnering for Success

PartnerShip

partnershipPartnerShip, the endorsed shipping management provider of NTCA, offers shipping discounts to all NTCA members on select FedEx® services, as well as savings on less-than-truckload (LTL) freight shipments arranged through PartnerShip. This program is FREE to all NTCA members, with no minimums required.

Members can request a no-obligation free quote for standard or guaranteed LTL (less-than-truckload) services from PartnerShip freight broker. The service works with the reputable LTL carriers, including: AAA Cooper, Estes Express, FedEx Freight, Dayton Freight, Old Dominion, New Penn, Pitt Ohio, R+L Carriers, Reddaway, Southeastern, UPS Freight, YRC Freight and many more!

Services also include full or partial truckload (dry van, flat bed, step deck, refrigerated, etc.). PartnerShip employs a stringent carrier review process and has access to thousands of the top truckload freight carriers across North America.

If you need to ship to a trade show, PartnerShip can help with this as well, as it can arrange great shipping rates with leading exhibit freight carriers. The company has a relationship with UPS Freight and YRC Freight and, if needed, can secure other carrier options as well.

Interested in learning more about PartnerShip or becoming a NTCA member? Contact assistant executive director Jim Olson at 612-788-4726 or email [email protected]

Partnering for Success

NTCA’s Partnering for Success benefit virtually pays you to be a member! Leading installation material manufacturers have invested in NTCA members by offering same-as-cash vouchers for valuable products you use every day – $1,800 worth of vouchers to be exact. This enables contractor members to experience all NTCA has to offer and actually MAKE money as an NTCA member when using Partnering for Success vouchers.

Participating manufacturers authorize NTCA to provide vouchers for their products that can be redeemed by NTCA contractor members, directly from the manufacturer or through any participating distributors. A total of $1,800 in vouchers is provided in contractor membership packets in these product categories: backer board, setting and grouting materials, membranes, cleaning and sealing materials, tools, floor heating systems, and ceramic tile.

In 2017, Home Depot will accept vouchers from QEP, Custom, and James Hardie.

Participating manufacturers for 2017 include: Alpha Professional Tools, American Olean, Aqua Mix, ARDEX, ATR Leveling, Bellota, Blanke, Ceramic Tool, Composeal, Contractors Direct, Custom Building Products, Daltile, Dependable Bagging, Emser, Flextherm, Florida Tile, LATICRETE, MAPEI, MAPEI Ultracare, Marazzi Tile, Mark E. Industries, Metropolitan Ceramics, MLT, NAC Products, National Gypsum/Permabase, Noble Company, NTCA Store, NTCA University, Nuheat, Oceancare, Porcelain Plus Speed Bit, Proflex, QEP, Rubi Tools, Schluter, Sun Touch, TEC Specialty, Texrite, The Home Depot, Trending Accessiblity, Trimaco, USG, VanHearron, Warmly Yours and wedi. Select the vouchers you want for the products you use or have been meaning to try. Vouchers are either used as cash, good for discounts or provide rebates on purchased products, depending on the manufacturer. For information, contact Jim Olson, NTCA assistant executive director, at 612-788-4726 or [email protected]

NTCA Webinar: Green Construction and the Tile Industry

What: Free Webinar – Green Construction and the Tile Industry
When: Thursday, January 26, 2017, 1:00pm to 2:00pm Central Standard Time

The Green Construction and the Tile Industry presentation will take a look at green construction and how tile fits into these buildings.  The presentation will touch on why the world is going “green”, the effects on the world around us, the future of green construction, and then dive into LEED v4 and Living Building Challenge which are the two Green Rating Systems for which we see the most requests for information.  We will also discuss the changes to LEED and what the TCNA, tile manufacturers and tile installation material manufacturers have done to respond to changes in green construction over the past 3 years.

About the presenter:

Mitch HawkinsMitch Hawkins is the Technical Services Manager for LATICRETE International at the corporate world headquarters in Bethany, CT.  His major responsibilities are to oversee the day to day operations of the LATICRETE Technical Services Dept. in providing information, assistance and knowledge to the tile and stone installation community.  As a 16 year member of LATICRETE, he has traveled the world learning about the wide variety of installation methods and materials, educating others about LATICRETE installation products, and assisting in improving the world tile and stone community.  Since 2005, he has been responsible for creating and providing green information for LATICRETE and helping to drive the participation of LATICRETE in the green construction community.

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