The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS) has launchedUnderstanding the Basics of Natural Stone, a comprehensive online course that looks at the stone industry from many aspects.



The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS) has launched Understanding the Basics of Natural Stone, a comprehensive online course that looks at the stone industry from ancient uses and geology to quarrying, fabrication, installation and advice on how to win over customers.

Created with salespeople, installers and design professionals in mind, as well as business owners, the course “makes it very cost effective for companies to train staff members and customers. There are no travel expenses or lost productivity and it is accessible wherever there is an Internet connection. Students can logon 24/7 and can set their own pace,” the company says.

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.
Tuition is $115 per person and once registered, students have 14 days to complete the course, which is accessible online, 24/7. Students can print a diploma when they have passed all lesson assessments. The UofCTS also offers volume discounts.

In addition, UofCTS is providing the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA) with a customized version of the course, CTDA Online: Understanding the Basics of Natural Stone. CTDA offers a special price for its members. Visit www.CTDAhome.org for details.

To see a video preview of the Understanding the Basics of Natural Stone course, visitwww.CTasSC.com.

Launched in 2004, Understanding the Basics of Ceramic Tile has already enjoyed success with trade and design professionals for several years. The UofCTS also provides live classroom training and jobsite training.

For more information about the UofCTS training services, contact Joseph L. Russ, E-Learning and Training Director, Joe@UofCTS.org, call (866) 669-1550; or visit the Ceramic Tile and Stone Consultant's website at www.CTaSC.com.