The Tile Installer Thin-set Standards (ITS) Verification course instructs installers, setters and helpers, on industry standards, practices, 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 ITS Verification course comes in a USA Standards version that is available in both an English version and a Spanish version. It also is available in a Canadian Standards version that is taught in English. The Canadian Standards version is only available through the Tile Terrazzo Marble Association of Canada (TTMAC) at www.TTMAC.com. The USA Standards version is available either through this UofCTS website or through the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA) at www.CTDAhome.org.
This course is also meaningful to architects, general contractors, consultants, inspectors, and owners who want to be aware of the industry installation standards, practices, and methods.
Over many years, standards have been created by industry consensus committees sharing their experiences to help avoid problems and ensure successful tile and stone installations. Unfortunately most installers learn on the job and don’t have the opportunity to learn the industry standards. If the installers do not know the standards, then how can they avoid those potential problems? This course is designed to effectively and practically allow tile setters and helpers to learn the current industry standards.
(See video previews in English or Spanish below.)
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 installation companies. It demonstrates to architects, homeowners, and to their other customers that their tile installers have been trained to install tile per industry standards. It also demonstrates the company’s commitment to quality installations, and 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.
Employers can track employees’ progress in the course and can access performance reports. A passing grade enables students to print out a personalized certificate to carry with them, indicating that they have completed the ITS course.
Installers who pass the course and have at least one year experience as a full time tile installer can use the ITS acronym next to their name indicating they are ITS Verified by the UofCTS.
The ITS Certificate is only good for one year and annually the installer must retake the updated course as a refresher and to stay current with the new industry standards. A 50% discount is offered to those renewing their ITS Verification.
The course is available in both English and Spanish and can be completed within about four hours, depending on the pace of the student.
Table of Contents:
- Course Introduction
- Lesson 1: Industry Standards for Substrates, Surface Preparation and Workmanship
- Lesson 2: Industry standards for Thin-set Applications
- Lesson 3: Qualifying and Inspecting Substrates
- Lesson 4: Preparing Substrates
- Lesson 5: Tile Installation Methods
- Lesson 6: Quality Control Process
- Course Conclusion
Tuition is $150 per person. For those renewing their ITS Verification before it expires the cost of the tuition is $75 each.
Please click “Play” below to see a short preview of the course in either English or Spanish:
Spanish: This course is recommended for people who speak and read Spanish fluently and who attended school in a Spanish speaking country. Those who don’t read Spanish fluently, and do read English, should take the English version of the course.
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, practices and methods for the thin-set application and that he/she understood those standards, practices and methods. This course is not proctored. We assume that all registrants actually take the course and tests themselves.