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UofCTS offers UofCTS Certified Tile Specialist and UofCTS Certified Stone Specialist programs

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San Diego, CA, April 27, 2022 – 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.

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.

Here are the steps a candidate must take before pursuing a UofCTS Certified Specialist designation.

  • CTS and CSS candidates have to complete and pass the three UofCTS prerequisite courses for the respective designation.
  • Candidates must register for the respective exam.
  • Candidates must 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 to determine if the student will be approved for the respective designation.  

The UofCTS Certified Specialist Program teaches and updates experienced industry professionals on:

  • Product knowledge
  • Industry standards
  • Drafting MasterFormat Architectural Specifications
  • Learning proper selection and installation methods for tile and stone applications
  • Learning 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.

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 one must:

The UofCTS Certified Specialist Final Exam can be ordered by clicking on the respective acronym:  CTS Exam or CSS ExamThe prerequisite for purchasing the exam is to first complete and pass the three respective courses and provide the verification of employment.

Candidates who purchase the respective Final Exam will get the following:

  • 30 days access to each of the three respective courses that are associated with the CTS or CSS designation.  This will allow the candidate to prepare for the test by reviewing or retaking each of those respective courses that they have previously purchased and taken.
  • Once the candidate is prepared, they have 30 days of access to take the test.
  • The test will be proctored via a cell phone app like FaceTime or WhatsApp or an online web conferencing app like Zoom or Skype.
  • The Final Exam requires completing 78 true/false and multiple-choice questions and five essay questions within three hours.
  • UofCTS Certification Board will grade essay questions, will review student’s course results, and student’s qualifications to determine if they will be issued the respective certification.
  • Upon approval from the UofCTS Certification Board, student will be mailed a certificate of accomplishment and the respective Certified Specialist pocket ID card.
  • The designated Specialist will be required to renew their certification every two years by retaking the online UofCTS The Complete Guide on Developing Tile & Stone Specifications with Architects course for which they previously earned the Certified Specialist status.  It is very important that industry professionals review this material every two years in order to stay current with industry products, methods and standards that are continually changing and improving.

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.

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 the respective UofCTS online courses covering industry products, standards and methods, and has demonstrated that they understood this information.

For more information visit the UofCTS website at www.UofCTS.org.

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