SAN DIEGO, CA -- The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS) has provided training to thousands of people in the tile and stone industries over the last decade. The UofCTS online course "Installer Tile Specialist (ITS) Standards Verification course" has been taken by both union and non-union installers, as well as industry technical and sales people in order to be up-to-date with the industry installation standards, methods and practices.

The ITS course is available in both English and Spanish, so there have been many English speaking installers, as well as Spanish speaking installers from around the world who have taken the course. The course is also available in a Canadian version. 

The Installer Tile Specialist (ITS) Installation Standards Verification course instructs installers, setters and finishers on industry standards and practices, manufacturers' requirements and proper installation methods for various tile applications that apply to ceramic tile, porcelain tile, stone tile, glass tile and other types of adhered tile materials. The course also teaches how to inspect and prepare substrates and tiles, how to achieve full thin-set contact and points out quality workmanship requirements and practices. The course is also meaningful to architects, general contractors, distributors, manufacturers, consultants, inspectors and owners that recognize the value of understanding industry installation standards, practices and methods.

The intent of the course is to teach tile installers, and others, the current installation standards, methods and practices to avoid installation problems and failures. Industry consensus groups create the standards to avoid reoccurring problems known to the industry. It is critical that tile installers know the standards, so they can avoid the potential problems and the negative advertising consequences that problems bring to the industry and reputations. 

With the floor covering industry’s growing concern with the shortage of qualified installers, the UofCTS Installer Tile Specialist (ITS) Verification course is an effective and practical solution to being able to train tile installers in a short amount of time.

The UofCTS Installer Tile Specialist (ITS) Verification course takes about five hours to complete. Students have 24/7 access and can come and go as they please during their 14 days of access. Tile installers who complete and pass the course can use the acronym "ITS" alongside their name designating them as ITS Verified. This verification is good for two years, at which time they need to take the updated ITS Verification course to continue to be up-to-date on the industry standards and practices, and to continue being ITS Verified. Like in any other legitimate professions, tile installers need continued education in order to stay current with changes in the industry, and with the changes in industry standards. 

UofCTS online courses are available through many key organizations in the tile and stone industry, where members receive special discounts. Courses can be purchased through CTDA at, through Fuse Alliance at, through NTCA at, or at the UofCTS website at

To see video previews of each of the courses visit the website at To view the ITS English course go to ITS English Video. To view the ITS English course go to ITS Spanish Video.

Tuition is only $150 per person and once registered, students have 14 days to complete the course. Students can print a personalized certificate when they have passed all lesson assessments with a score of 80% or better. Upon passing the course, the student is provided a link to download a student reference guide that contains all of the key information from that respective course.  Volume discounts are available.
The UofCTS is the training division of Ceramic Tile and Stone Consultants (CTaSC) and is committed to developing training programs for the ceramic tile and stone industry utilizing the latest and most effective technology and learning methodologies.