Pendleton, S.C. -- The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF), which provides education and installer certification for professionals working in the ceramic tile and stone industry, has developed an alphabetical listing of Certified Tile Installers (CTI) on its website. This is in addition to the CTI zip code locator.

“When contractors become Certified Tile Installers, they receive a certificate and wallet card with their unique CTI number,” said Scott Carothers, director of certification and training for CTEF. “By having an online listing to reference, CTIs can now easily call attention to the legitimate and impressive network they belong to, allowing homeowners to verify their certification and provide a better perspective on what the Certified Tile Installer program represents.”

The alphabetical listing includes the Certified Tile Installer’s name, phone number, and state. The CTI program is the only third-party assessment of installer skill and knowledge which is recognized by the tile industry. The CTI designation identifies the professional installer who has reached a level of proficiency to independently and consistently produce a sound tile installation that displays good workmanship. Certification is the validation of the skills and knowledge of the men and women who presently are installing tile successfully in the U.S.

To qualify for the CTI Program, installers must have at least two years of experience as the lead installer setting ceramic tile on a full-time basis. This means having full responsibility for substrate prep, layout, coordinating with other trades along with properly installing underlayment, tile, grout and sealant materials.

For more information, visit www.ceramictilefoundation.org.