CTEF announces 1,000th Certified Tile Installer
It seems like yesterday that The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) launched its Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program at Coverings, 2008, but in the first quarter of 2014, the program reached the milestone of its 1,000th Certified Tile Installer.
On March 17, 2014, during an official CTI test conducted at Daltile in Portland, Oregon, Vladimir Blashchishchin became the CTEF’s 1,000th Certified Tile Installer. A quality-oriented tile installer with Hawthorne Tile in Portland, he was the well-qualified recipient of this prestigious award.
Dirk Sullivan, owner of Hawthorne Tile and long-time member of the NTCA, was truly excited that one of his installers (and his company) would be involved in such a milestone of the CTEF.
CTEF launched the Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program to provide a means for top-quality, highly knowledgeable installers to verify their skills and subsequently promote themselves to potential clients and employers.
Certification enables professional installers to provide industry-recognized proof of their abilities, which ultimately helps them get more work. The program was developed in response to the lack of any credible mechanism helping consumers gauge the level of proficiency of prospective tile installers. By encouraging consumers to use only the best-qualified installers, this program continues to raise the quality of installations in the U.S. Making strides toward this goal is important in maintaining the status of ceramic tile as the material of choice.
The Certified Tile Installer evaluation is a comprehensive testing of the skills and knowledge of experienced tile installers that includes both a multiple-choice exam and hands-on test. Based upon current industry standards and best practices for producing sound installations that exhibit good workmanship, this certification process is the validation of the skills and knowledge of men and women who presently are installing tile successfully in the United States. Installers who successfully complete the CTI testing, receive nationwide recognition of their accomplishment, by being listed on the CTEF website which provides the contact information of CTIs to everyone from the architect to the residential consumer.
With increased awareness of the CTI program, the growing desire of installers to elevate themselves above the crowd by getting certified, and the fact that architects are now calling for “qualified labor” on an increasing number of their projects, the CTI designation is poised to grow even more rapidly in the near future.
Vladmir’s certification qualifies him to participate in the Advanced Certification for Tile Installers (ACT) program, which validates competency for tile installation procedures that exceed ANSI standards and TCNA guidelines for floor and wall. ACT certified installers represent the pinnacle of performance in the tile trade and maintain a level of excellence superior to non-ACT certified installers.
ACT is not a training program; it evaluates the skills and knowledge of tile installers who are either CTEF Certified Tile Installers (CTI) or Journeyman installers through the IUBAC. Advanced competencies in the following areas are evaluated:
- Large Format Tile & Substrate Preparation
- Mortar (Mud) Floors
- Mortar (Mud) Walls
- Shower Receptors
By certifying key installers via the ACT program, companies become part of an elite group of contractors eligible to bid projects specifically requiring ACT-certified installers.
The Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) program was created through the combined efforts of six leading organizations in the tile industry: the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF); the International Masonry Institute (IMI); the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (IUBAC); the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA); the Tile Contractors’ Association of America (TCAA) and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA).
CTI testing returns to Albuquerque
Back by popular demand, in April, CTEF’s Scott Carothers and NTCA’s Michael Whistler conducted another Certified Tile Installer (CTI) evaluation at Daltile’s Sales Service Center on Venice Ave. NE in Albuquerque, N.M., the second in six months. The event had 20 initial registrations for tile installers from Santa Fe (Coronado Paint & Decorate; Dominguez Carpet One), Farmington (Carpet One Floor & Home), Grants (Mesa Floor Coverings), Roswell (George’s Carpet and Tile) and Albuquerque, N.M., and drew installers from as far away as Spectrum Floors in El Paso, Texas, as well.
LATICRETE reprised its December role as a primary sponsor for this event, and National Gypsum donated backer board sold through Daltile for use in the modules.
Test results will be in soon – and the New Mexico/El Paso region will have a new crop of qualified tile installers for the A&D community and consumers to draw on. For more information on upcoming CTI evaluation near you, visit www.tilecareer.com.