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Due to the growing popularity of TPT, a new test has been added to the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) program, which covers several different installation components that are necessary to obtain a quality installation
This year the Technical Focus articles in TILE Magazine have highlighted the features and benefits of the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) testing program which included; Large Format Tile and Substrate Preparation, Membranes, Mortar (Mud) Floors, Mortar (Mud) Walls, Shower Receptors and Grouts. This article will focus on the soon to be released Thin Porcelain Tile or TPT testing program for which the curriculum and testing module were just completed in October. Currently, the TPT test is the last of the tests which the ACT Steering Committee has established. However, with the ongoing changes and advancements in the tile industry, additional tests will become available in the future.
The Thin Porcelain Tile test, as in the previously established six ACT tests, is only administered to tile installers who have achieved the status of a Certified Tile Installer (CTI) through the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) or a Journeyman installer through the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsworkers (IUBAC). The program is designed to have the installer initially take and pass the online knowledge test obtaining a minimum score of 84%, followed by the hands-on testing requiring a score of 85%. While this may seem to be a lofty prerequisite, it speaks to the high integrity of the program, along with the above average skills and knowledge needed to achieve the ACT designation. Realize that ACT-certified installers are the pinnacle of their trade. With the addition of new products and installation techniques emerging on a more frequent basis, only the highly trained mechanics that have what it takes to meet the installation challenges found in today’s market will succeed. These professionals provide the consumer, whether commercial or residential, with the choice of a better and more qualified tile installer.
In this issue of TILE Magazine, we focus on mosaic tile designs and radiant heating. Through various installation case studies and project articles, learn how different types of mosaic tile add unique design touches to residential and commercial spaces. Also, be sure to check out our product showcase, which features the latest innovations in radiant heating technology, as well as our detailed technical focuses that cover the specifics of the evergrowing trend.