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Are You Looking For a Fast and Easy Way to Increase Your Sales and Profits?

The fastest way to increase your sales and profits is through education. Online Education provides your employees the tools they need to build confidence, credibility and effectiveness. Teach your new employees and customers about the basics of natural stone and the basics of ceramic tile with these affordable online courses. CTDA Online Education Courses are affordable (ONLY $100 for CTDA members) with no employee travel expenses or loss of productivity, which means it will give you an immediate return on your investment!

CTDA members have asked for educational programs on ceramic tile that they could offer to their employees, and now we have them as a discounted CTDA membership benefit for $100/course. That's $50 off the regular price! Non-CTDA members can receive $10 off when registering through the website by entering coupon code "CTDAonline". If you pre-purchase 10 tuitions at one time, you get one free tuition.

"We incorporate Understanding the Basics of Ceramic Tile into our training curriculum for each new employee. Understanding the Basics of Natural Stone will now be an essential part of our orientation as well, providing new employees with an education in the maintenance, selling, and classification of natural stone. I recommend the course for dealers and distributors whose businesses rely on well-informed salespeople and support staff. " - Ryan Calkins, Statements Tile & Stone

“One of the biggest issues that we face with our staff is making sure that everyone has the same foundation of industry knowledge. The UofCTS on line ceramic tile course provides us with the educational consistency from which we can continuously build our staff’s knowledge. This allows our customer and vendor partners the comfort of knowing that they will always be working with experts. For this reason, everyone in our company – no matter their background or job title – goes through the UofCTS on-line course.” - John Zolman, Sales and Marketing Manager for Miles Distributors, Inc.

There is also a group order form available for anyone who wants to purchase multiple tuitions using the same credit card. The group order form is available here. This will allow you to choose each student's start date and make registering multiple employees more convenient.

CTDA and U of CTS have joined to develop a series of educational programs to help ceramic tile employees be more effective at their jobs.

Course Topics Include:

  • Industry Standards
  • Usage and Applications
  • Installation Methods
  • Products and Design
  • Care and Maintenance
  • Sales Techniques

Other Services Provided:

  • Forensic Investigations
  • Installation Specifications
  • Quality Control and Testing
  • Hands-On Training for Installers
  • On-Site Training
  • Marketing and Business Planning

CTDA Online Educational Courses:

  • Give your employees credibility with your customers
  • Available on the Internet for 14 days, 24/7 (any time at home or at work)
  • No loss of employee productive time or travel expenses
  • Self-paced interactive courses - come and go as you please at your own rate
  • Enjoyable experience and very Effective at teaching
  • Student prints their own Diploma upon completion
  • Group Managers get reports on students' progress and results
  • All you need is a computer and access to the internet

Tile Installer Thin-Set Standards (ITS) Verification Course, previously the Tile Installer Thin-Set Certification (TITC), online course instructs installers on industry standards and proper installation methods for tile thin-set applications that apply to ceramic tile, porcelain tile, stone tile, glass tile and other types of adhered tile materials.  The course is available and taught in either English or Spanish.

The Tile Installer Thin-set Standards (ITS) Verification course teaches tile installers the industry installation standards and methods.  This helps tile installation companies avoid expensive failures and it gives them more credibility to differentiate their company from others showing that their installers are ITS Verified.  There has never been this practical of a solution for training installers.  No travel expenses, no lost productivity, it is available 24/7,  there are management monitoring reports, and the installer gets a certificate of completion.

Tile installers can earn verification annually showing that they have studied and understand current industry standards and proper installation methods for thin-set applications.

The ITS Certificate is a huge benefit to tile companies.  Demonstrating to architects, homeowners and other customers that their tile installers have been trained according to industry standards ultimately helps companies earn more jobs, earn more money and avoid costly delays and failures.

Once enrolled, students have 24/7 access for 14 days to complete the course. The course is interactive and loaded with short video clips and photos to maximize learning.

Disclaimer: Passing the ITS course and having a Tile Installer Thin-set Standards (ITS) Certificate and using the ITS designation is not an indication that the student has the skills to perform good tile work or will perform good tile work.  It simply is an indication that the student took the course and passed it demonstrating that he/she learned the industry standards for the thin-set application and that he/she understood those standards.  This course is not proctored. We assume that all registrants actually take the course and tests themselves.

View the following short video to learn more about the Tile Installer Thin-Set Standards (ITS) Verification online education course.


Understanding the Basics of Natural Stone has been created with salespeople, installers and design professionals in mind as well as business owners. The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone has taken care to cover the subjects that anyone working with stone should know. The course’s Table of Contents include: Introduction and History of Natural Stone, Stone Geology and Formation, Stone Quarry Mining, Stone Processing and Fabrication, Stone Countertops, Stone Installations, Vertical Applications: Exterior Veneers and Interior Walls, Stone Selection and Design, Stone Care and Maintenance, Giving the Customer a Choice.

View the following short video to learn more about the Understanding the Basics of Natural Stone online education course.

Understanding the Basics of Ceramic Tile is a ceramic tile course for new employees and those who haven't had the opportunity to learn about the history and all the aspects of ceramic tile. The course which is offered through the University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (U of CTS) teaches the History, Types and Uses of ceramic Tile, the Manufacturing Process, Installation and Maintenance, How to Select the Right Ceramic Tile, and How to Avoid Problems and False Expectations. The course is designed to help sales people increase their sales of ceramic tile, and provides many sales techniques throughout the course. The course tuition provides 14-day 24/7 access, which allows you to come and go as you please. Depending on the pace of the student, and without interruption, the course can be completed within 5-7 hours.

View the following short video to learn more about the Understanding the Basics of Ceramic Tile online education course.

Please Contact CTDA with any registration questions or comments.

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