The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS) offers a certification accreditation program for experienced tile and stone professionals who have a minimum of two years full time on-the-job experience within their respective tile or stone industry. Attendees of The International Surface Event (TISE) who are interested in these programs will receive special pricing during the StoneExpo and TileExpo Event.

The UofCTS Certified Tile Specialist (CTS) program covers ceramic tile, glass tile, specialty tile and related installation products. The UofCTS Certified Stone Specialist (CSS) program covers natural stone, engineered stone, manufactured stone and related installation products. 

Before issuing a UofCTS Certified Specialist designation, CTS and CSS candidates will have to complete and pass the three UofCTS prerequisite courses for the respective designation, and then they are allowed to register for the respective exam, then they must take and pass the final exam with a score of 80% or better. The UofCTS Certification Board will review and scrutinize the student’s final exam results and the results from the respective courses they took in determining if the student will be approved for the respective designation.  

The UofCTS Certified Specialist Program is an effective way to teach and update experienced industry professionals with product knowledge, industry standards, learn how to draft MasterFormat Architectural Specifications, learn proper selection and installation methods for tile and stone applications, and learn how to properly, clearly and effectively communicate with clients.  The Certified Specialist courses have been developed with an emphasis on preparing students for their dealings with clients in a consultative manner. The training program builds confidence, enhances credibility with clients, and improves professionalism, which ultimately leads to more sales.  In addition, companies that have certified professionals on their staff are more likely to avoid costly job failures.

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