Certification Program

UofCTS Certified Tile Specialist (CTS), UofCTS Certified Stone Specialist (CSS), and UofCTS Tile Installer Thin-set Standards (ITS) Verification

The UofCTS offers certification for experienced tile and stone professionals who have a minimum of two years, full time, on-the-job experience within their respective industries. Or for tile installers who want to learn the the industry tile installation standards and methods for the thin-set application that includes ceramic tile, porcelain tile (a type of ceramic tile), stone tile, glass tile, and other types of adhered tiles.  For details on the Tile Installer Thin-set Standards (ITS) Verification course and requirements click here.

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.  These two Certification Programs are still under development.  Once the architectural tile and stone specification course is complete it will be one of the three required online courses for earning the CTS and CSS certifications.  The Tile and Stone Specification should be available by the fourth quarter of 2016.

The UofCTS Certified Specialist program is an effective way to teach and update experienced industry professionals with product knowledge, industry standards, and proper selection and installation methods for tile and stone applications.  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.

In order to be eligible to display the acronym designating an individual as a UofCTS Certified Tile Specialist (CTS) or UofCTS Certified Stone Specialist (CSS) professional you must:

The industry professional will be required to renew their certification every year by retaking the online course for which they previously earned the Certified Specialist status.  It is very important that industry professionals review this material every year in order to stay current with industry products, methods and standards that are continually changing and improving.

A special course discount will be offered to students who renew their certification before the one year expiration date. Only individuals who maintain certification are permitted to use the UofCTS designated acronyms “CTS” and “CSS.”

The UofCTS will issue a diploma and an ID card with the industry professional’s name and date in which he/she completed the UofCTS Certification program along with an expiration date. These cards can be presented to potential customers in addition to other credentials.  Having a UofCTS Certified Specialist designation will provide added credibility for tile and stone professionals and will give companies a competitive advantage over their competition.*

Many experienced industry professionals do not have the opportunity to obtain the information that is contained in the UofCTS courses.  Learning the trade typically occurs on the job from others who may or may not be aware of new standards and improved methods or products.  Therefore, the UofCTS certification does provide the consumer some degree of assurance that the industry professional they are working with is aware of the latest industry information, enabling them to make the best decisions for a given project.

Stand out from the competition! Get your UofCTS Tile Specialist (CTS) and UofCTS Stone Specialist (CSS) Certification from the UofCTS today!

The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS) is an independent educational institution that has been providing training services to the tile and stone industries for over eight years.  UofCTS is the only training organization within the industries that utilizes an online Learning Manage System as used by higher learning institutions.  UofCTS’ staff is made up of seasoned industry professionals with years of experience in installation, distribution, and manufacturing.  Some staff members are forensic investigators who investigate tile and stone failures, and provide a level of insight that is incorporated in the courses to help students avoid costly failures. The staff also includes professional instructional designers, with degrees in adult education, and professional developers who specialize in online training technologies.  UofCTS provides an unparalleled level of training that combines important industry knowledge with the latest learning methodologies delivered with cutting-edge technology.

*Please note: The UofCTS’ CTS and CSS certifications are not a guarantee that the certified industry professional will perform satisfactory work, nor will it be an indication of their level of competency.  It is verification by UofCTS that a given industry professional has received a passing grade on a UofCTS online course covering industry products, standards and methods, and has demonstrated that they understand this information.