The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) provides hands-on, practical tile installation courses.

The Association of Ceramic Tile Manufacturers of Spain (ASCER), the Association of Italian Ceramic Tile & Refractory Manufacturers (Assopiastrelle), and the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) have joined the Tile Council of America (TCNA) and other industry supporters in addressing the growing need of trained tile installers nationwide.

“We share a vision with the CTEF. It is our hope that, by committing our resources, both financial and educational, other organizations will follow. We have heard time and again how concerned everyone is about the lack of quality training and education in the tile trade. We feel that a combined effort, led by the Tile Council of North America and others, in support of the CTEF, will be the catalyst we need to overcome this challenge, NTCA executive director, Bart Bettiga, stated.

In addition to financial donations, TCNA and NTCA will provide two instructors to CTEF, Stephanie Samulski and Gerald Stone, to teach courses and workshops that offer hands-on techniques and the latest information on standards.

“Over the past ten years, the number of tile installers has not kept pace with large increases in the amount of tile manufactured abroad and sold in the U.S. Clearly, this shortage will impact the future growth of our market. We are excited by the participation of our European colleagues in the continued growth of CTEF and the positive impact this will have on quality installation education,” said Eric Astrahan, TCNA executive director.