The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS) is offering the Tile Installer Thin-set Standards (ITS) Verification course. The online course is available to both union and non-union installers. The ITS course is available in both English and Spanish. It is also available in a Canadian version. 

The Tile Installer Thin-set Standards (ITS) Verification course instructs installers, setters and finishers, on industry standards and practices, manufacturers' requirements, and proper installation methods for various tile applications that apply to ceramic tile, porcelain tile, stone tile, glass tile and other types of adhered tile materials. The course also teaches how to inspect and prepare substrates and tiles, how to achieve full thin-set contact, and points out quality workmanship requirements and practices. This course is also meaningful to architects, general contractors, distributors, manufacturers, consultants, inspectors, and owners that recognize the value of understanding industry installation standards, practices, and methods.

With the floor covering industry’s growing concern with the shortage of qualified installers, the UofCTS ITS Verification course is an effective and practical solution to train tile installers in a short amount of time.

There is a lesson on Special Tile Applications that includes a detailed section on How to Install the Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels/Slabs; known as Thin Tile Panels. The lesson thoroughly reviews the product characteristics, the tools and substrate conditions needed for installing these large tile panels and the methods for installing these tile panels for both floor and wall applications. It is loaded with photos, video clips and animations demonstrating how to properly install Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels. 

The Special Tile Application lesson also includes a section on How to Construct Tile Showers that includes shower pans, curbless showers and steam showers. There is an expanded section on How to Install Glass Tile and Mosaics and a section on How to Install Tile in Swimming Pools and other Water Features.

There is a section on Preparing Substrates that covers the Tile Layout Process and options, and a section in the Tile Installation Methods lesson that reviews the Types of Tools Used and Needed in a tile installation.

The lesson on Grouting covers the types of grout and how to install them, which include cementitious grouts, pre-mixed grouts, and epoxy grouts. It also shows the different grouting methods from using rubber floats to grout bags. 

The UofCTS ITS Verification course takes about 5 hours to complete. Students have 24/7 access and can come and go as they please during their 14 days of access. Tile Installers who complete and pass the course can use the acronym "ITS" alongside their name designating them as ITS Verified. This verification is good for two years, at which time they need to take the updated ITS Verification course to continue to be up-to-date on the industry standards and practices and to continue being ITS Verified. Like in any other legitimate professions, tile installers need continued education in order to stay current with changes in the industry and with the changes in industry standards. 

UofCTS Online courses are available through many key organizations in the tile and stone industry, where members receive special discounts. Courses can be purchased through CTDA at www.ctdahome.org, through Fuse Alliance at www.fusealliance.com, through NTCA at www.tile-assn.com, through TTMAC at www.ttmac.com, or at the UofCTS website at www.uofcts.org.

For more information, visit uofcts.org.