ACT Certifications to Include Two New Programs at Coverings 2015

Completed Membrane Test
Completed Membrane Test

The Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) program will be administering four unique certification field tests during this year’s Coverings 2015 in Orlando, Florida, April 14-17.

Six highly professional installers will be scrutinized by thousands of attendees at Coverings, the leading tile and stone show in the United States. On-line written tests (which comprise 50% of the certification score) have already been completed leaving final field testing to take place over three days during the exposition. Two of these four certification tests were unveiled at the most recent Total Solutions-Plus, which took place last October.

The first newly introduced program, Thin Porcelain Tile (TPT) will instruct installers on proper handling, installation techniques, cutting and achieving maximum coverage of thin set materials… and, choosing the proper application for the sizes and thicknesses.

The Grouting Applications Certification, the second program recently unveiled, will validate the knowledge and skills needed to successfully mix, apply, tool and detail, four different types of grouting…narrow joints in ceramic wall tile with unsanded cementitious grout; pressed floor tile with sanded cement grout; thin brick with a sanded cementitious grout, and last, quarry tile with a matching base grouted with epoxy.

Substrate Prep being completed for LFT and SP Test
Substrate Prep being completed for LFT and SP Test

Other ACT Certifications taking place at Coverings include: Large Format Tile & Substrate Preparation and Membranes.

With the addition of these two new certifications, ACT’s curriculum now totals at seven. Others included, but not being administered at Coverings 2015) are Mortar (Mud) Floors, Mortar (Mud) Walls and Shower Receptors. Bart Bettiga, Executive Director of the National Tile Contractors Association stated, “We are determined to continue certifying hundreds of installers and educating architects and specifiers on the importance of insisting upon well-qualified installers through the ACT Program.”

Scott Carothers, Director of Certification and Training for of the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation added, “The ACT program focuses on providing the consumer with a pool of talented installers who possess unique installation skills. These skills are now beginning to be included in specifications calling for Qualified Labor as provided by the MasterSpec. Architects, design professionals, and specifiers are including this Qualified Labor language in their specifications which includes ACT Certified Installers.”

The ACT program was created through the combined efforts of six leading tile industry: the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF); the International Masonry Institute (IMI); the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (IUBAC); the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA); the Tile Contractors’ Association of America (TCAA) and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA).

The intent of the ACT certification program is to provide a level of consumer confidence for tile installation procedures that exceed ANSI standards and TCNA guidelines for floor and wall. ACT certified installers represent the pinnacle of performance in the tile trade and clearly maintain a level of excellence superior to non-ACT certified installers. Each certification addresses some of the industry’s most challenging installations. The ACT is not a training program; rather, it is a structured evaluation platform that measures respective skills, knowledge and overall professionalism of tile installers.

To learn more about CTEF, please contact CTEF Director of Certification and Training, Scott Carothers at, via telephone at (864) 222-2131 or visit

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