ATLANTA, GA -- Five of the largest organizations representing tile contractors, installers and manufacturers are pleased to announce that eight industry professionals are the first to successfully pass the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) certification program.  ACT addresses four technically challenging installation areas of current importance -- Large Format Tile Installation and Substrate Preparation, Mudwork, Shower Pans and Membranes.  A specific certification demonstrates the installer's skill and knowledge in each of these four segments.

ACT certification at Coverings

(Pictured here is installer Keith Tavshanjian of KT Marble & Tile of Oceanside, CA)

The eight professional installers not only passed all four certifications, they did so under the watchful eye of thousands of attendees at Coverings, a leading tile and stone show in the U.S.  Because the program was in the developmental phase when the show was held in Atlanta in April, they just recently completed the on-line written test that comprises 25% of the certification score. 

The eight installers with this special honor are:

Brent Monroe -- Artcraft Granite Marble &Tile Company -- Mesa, AZ

Tyler Nequist -- Welch Marble &Tile -- Kent City, MI

Keith Tavshanjian -- KT Marble & Tile -- Oceanside, CA

Dan Welch -- Welch Marble &Tile -- Kent City, MI

Gavin Collier -- Trostrud Mosaic & Tile Co. -- Palos Heights, IL

Bill Dumas -- Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Trainer -- Livermore, CA

Eric Manzaroli -- Artisan Tile, Inc. -- Sterling Heights, MI

Terrance Trame -- Trendell Consulting, LLC -- Clayton, MI

Partners in the development initiative are Ceramic Tile Education Foundation; Tile Contractors Association of America, representing signatory tile contractors from International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (IUBAC); IUBAC; International Masonry Institute, which provides professional and technical training for union masonry contractors and National Tile Contractors Association, with membership open to all tile contracting companies.   Tile Council of North America manufacturer members companies are contributing to development of the modules and tests.