In April, NTCA Trainers will bring five regional training events and three workshops to locations around the country. And along with other members of NTCA staff and expert guests, they will also hold a robust schedule of presentations and demos at Coverings Expo at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., from April 18th to 21st.

Here is the Coverings schedule of demos and presentations. For details, visit 


Tuesday- April 18th

10am – 10:30am  

Be a Prepper: Exterior Substrate Prep

Installation Innovation Stage Booth 3138

12:30pm – 2pm

 Proper Handling and Installation of Large Format Glass Panels 

S320F, South Concourse 

3:40pm – 4:10pm

Put Yourself on a Pedestal: Using Pedestal Systems for Exterior Installations

Installation Innovation Stage Booth 3138

Wednesday- April 19th

9:30am – 10:30am

Tile Installation Solutions and Systems for Exterior Projects

S230E, South Concourse 


Party On! Exterior Deck Systems 

Installation Innovation Stage Booth 3138

12:30pm – 2pm 

Case Studies in Porcelain Panel Tile Installation 

S230E South Concourse

3:10pm – 3:40pm

Stuck Like…Exterior Bond Coats

Installation Innovation Stage Booth 3138

Thursday- April 20th

10am -10:30am

Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’On: Exterior Movement Accommodation in Tile Assemblies

Installation Innovation Stage Booth 3138


Is it a fair fight? Miami Sandwich vs. Wet Set Method ANSI A108.1A

Installation Innovation Stage Booth 3138


Moving On Up…Exterior Wall Installations

Installation Innovation Stage Booth 3138


Workshops: California dreaming 

NTCA’s three April workshops will come to Redding, Chico and Milpitas, CA. These free standards-based workshops puts you in touch with peers and industry experts as your learn new skills and information, enjoy a catered meal from local eateries and a chance to win valuable prizes. 

The three-hour afternoon or evening events are open to tile installers and contractors, as well as sales personnel and the A&D community – anyone who wants to learn more about standards-based installation practices.  

Each NTCA Workshop is presented by NTCA Technical Trainers who have been installing tile themselves for many years or who still maintain their tile installation business. Workshops – made possible through the support of generous sponsors who believe in elevating the industry through education -- feature one of the following topics:

  • Ins and Outs of Layout for Contractors
  • Tile Matters – Best Practices for the Pros
  • Failures – Could It Be Me?
  • Tile Technology – Adhesives, Trowels, Lippage

NTCA will be at these locations in April:

  • 4/25 - Daltile, Redding, CA
  • 4/26 – Daltile, Chico, CA
  • 4/27 – Floor & Decor, Milpitas, CA

Fine tune your skills and attend one of these NTCA workshops. For full information on each event, visit and click on the Event Calendar on the NTCA website, where you can register. 

Regional Training: Florida and Texas

Contractors can learn about GPTP installation during five free day-long NTCA Regional Training Events in California and one in Nevada.  

  • 4/6 - GPTP Installation: Floor & Decor, West San Antonio, TX. Register by contacting the Pro Team by email at or phone 210-774-7837.  
  • 4/12 – GPTP Installation: Floor & Decor, Lutz, FL. Register by contacting the Pro Team by email at or phone 813-470-9072.  
  • 4/13 – GPTP Installation: Daltile, Houston, TX. Register by contacting Carlos Garcia by email at or phone 713-681-7625.  
  • 4/20 – GPTP Installation: Floor & Decor, Houston, TX. Register by contacting the Pro Team by email at or phone 713-582-9597.  
  • 4/27 – GPTP Installation: Hosted by Marble of the World in Pompano Beach, FL, and sponsored by Atlas Concorde. Register by contacting Massimo Valcavi by email at or phone 954.745.9500.  
  • 4/27 – GPTP Installation: Floor & Decor, Austin, TX. Register by contacting the Pro Team by email at or phone 512-221-0275.  

The GPTP/Slabs Training equips you to install porcelain panels with confidence and accuracy. Learn new tile industry standards and methods for installing GPTP, how GPTP is made, where it can be used, and special tools, setting materials and techniques required to install it.  This program will emphasize:

  • Introduction to tile industry standards
  • Use of ANSI A108.19 to install Gauged Porcelain Tile and Panels
  • Use of specialty tools and setting materials to install GPTP
  • Working with a team to install GPTP

Demand is high and class size is limited, so register early. If the class is full, your registration will be added to the waiting list and you will be contacted if a space opens. Consult the NTCA Event Calendar on the website for details.