LEXINGTON, KY -- In partnership with McGraw Hill, Architectural Record and construction.com, Florida Tile has announced an on-line, accredited continuing education course on thin, large-format porcelain tile, designed especially for architects and designers.

According to Florida Tile Marketing Director, Sean Cilona, "By following a simple on-line link, architects and designers can take the course in their own time, then take a test and submit credits for continuing education all online and in cooperation with their respective professional associations."

"Ceramic tile is a well-known building material that has been used for interior and exterior walls and floors for centuries," Cilona added. "While ceramic is a proven material, recently porcelain tile has gained in popularity because it is an improved product with superior performance characteristics such as strength, resistance to stains and durability. This course will explore large-format, thin porcelain panels which are proving to be a boon to modern architecture and design."

Association course accreditations include AIA/CES - HSW (1LU) IDCEC, ASID, IIDA, EDC - (1 CEU) Structural Engineering - (PDH).

"This course was developed by Jim Whitfield FCSI, CCPR, CTC, LEED AP, Product Manager for Florida Tile thin porcelain tile," said Cilona. "Jim is an active member of CSI (Construction Specification Institute) and served as Director for the Southwest Region to the CSI Board. He has held many positions at CSI Chapter, Region and National levels, including being a founder and faculty member in the CSI Academies for nearly 15 years. Jim also is very active in ceramic tile industry committees as President of the Materials, Methods, Standards Association (MMSA), and member of the Technical Committee for the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), Green Initiative and Handbook committee for the Tile Council of North America (TCNA)."

For more information, go to http://continuingeducation.construction.com.