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The value of continuing education
Martin G. Brookes, President, National Tile Contractors Association
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The value of continuing education cannot be overstated. Learning new skills through continuing education is key to increasing your marketability, and will have a major benefit for your income. Recently, I had the pleasure of spending a couple of days with NTCA Trainer Randy Fleming at a Floor & Decor-sponsored training event. I witnessed firsthand the skillfully-presented material, and how much the audience benefited from the workshop presentation. Whether you want to learn about new products or acquire new skills, there are ways that you can use continuing education to your advantage. You can truly take advantage of advanced learning to ensure that you are using industry-accepted methods and standards. Our trainers have spent many years installing tile and have firsthand experience of the mistakes that you may make in your day-to-day business practices. Our expert trainers are there to help and guide you through the ever-challenging installation process. As the industry grows with the introduction of new products, materials, and methods, the risk that your installations will fail increases if you do not keep to date with industry practices.
Learn new techniques and methods at an NTCA Workshop or Regional Training event.
Knowing the specifications for the products and materials that you use in installations is key to producing a high-quality installation. That is exactly why it is important to attend methods-based workshops. For example, at the workshop presented by Randy Fleming, he gave a comprehensive and highly-informative demonstration about how to select a trowel based on tile size, and explained how and at what angle the trowel should be held to get optimal thin-set mortar coverage and contact. When installers participate in these types of workshops they are not only increasing their knowledge and skills, but are also producing a high-quality product for their clients.
To learn more about training opportunities sponsored by the NTCA, please visit the NTCA website to find the calendar of upcoming training events. NTCA-sponsored events are available to both members and non-members, and offer a great introduction to learn more about what NTCA could offer you both in your business and to your employees.
I hope to see you in 2022 at a workshop so that you can gain the new knowledge and solidify yourself in the industry as a tile professional.
Happy holidays to everyone!