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Continuing Education

Continuing EducationIn an effort to better engage and inform designers and specifiers about the tile and stone industry, Florida Tile is pleased to provide educational courses for continuing education credits. In support  of AIA®, ASID, and USGBC®, we offer the following courses free of charge:
 
•  Advanced Manufacturing Center (Live Tours)
•  Know Your Porcelain
•  Microban®
•  The Timeless Look of Natural Stone
•  Thin, Large-Format Porcelain Tile
•  Tile is Green
•  The Benefits of Outdoor Porcelain Pavers
 
Design and construction professionals earn AIA® Continuing Education learning units by attending one of our courses administered by an approved proctor.
 
LEED® professionals earn Green Business Certification Institute’s (GBCI®) continuing  education hours to fulfill LEED® credential maintenance requirements by attending one of our courses administered by an approved proctor.
 

The Benefits of Outdoor Porcealin Pavers 
 
Overview
Outdoor porcelain pavers produce an ideal solution for any outdoor space. Traditional outdoor porcelain tiles required installation on an adhesive or a mortar/cement base. With new, two centimeter porcelain tiles, the tiles can also be "dry installed" on a grass or sand/gravel base, or on support pedestals. Porcelain pavers combine beauty and high performance to provide an effective solution for endless outdoor applications. The durability, ease of install, and pleasing aesthetics make porcelain pavers an ideal solution. With their ability to withstand extreme thermal conditions, they are ideal for both commercial and residential spaces. This course will provide an overview of outdoor porcelain pavers, discussing the wide variety of features and benefits, as well as the installation process and various applications where outdoor pavers can be used to great effect.
 
Availability
 
Course Accreditations
AIA® - 1LU
IDCEC - 0.1 CEU
 

Microban®
 
Overview
This course provides an overview of antimicrobial additives that help protect products from degradation caused by microbes, with discussions on types of microorganisms and the array of products that can benefit from antimicrobials.
 
Availability
Please note that this course can only be administered by an approved proctor.
 
Course Accreditations
AIA®/CES - HSW (1LU)
IDCEC, ASID, IIDA, EDC - (1 CEU)
 

Advanced Manufacturing Center (Live Tours)
 
Overview
This manufacturing tour will help you better understand how tile is made. The tour will not be talking about any certain brand or design. It will be an informational tour that will give you an overview of a typical tile manufacturing plant.
 
Availability
Please note that this course can only be administered by an approved proctor.
 
Course Accreditations
AIA®/CES - (1LU)
IDCEC, ASID, IIDA, EDC - (1 CEU)
 

Thin Large Format Porcelain Tile
 
Overview
Ceramic tile is a well-known building material that has been used for interior and exterior walls and floors for centuries. While ceramic is a proven material, 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.
 
Availability
Please note that this course can only be administered by an approved proctor.
 
Course Accreditations
AIA®/CES - HSW (1LU)
IDCEC, ASID, IIDA, EDC - (1 CEU)
Structural Engineering - (PDH)
 

Timeless Look of Natural Stone
 
Overview
Durable natural stone tile has been used for centuries as a quality finish in buildings. Stone is used in a variety of applications from rustic cabins to minimalist modern interiors and can be specified in many sizes, shapes and colors. From sedimentary to metamorphic, this presentation reviews the differences between sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic stone products including the differences between travertine and marble. An overview of numerous finishes, installations and appropriate maintenance techniques will provide information on how to select the right stone for any surface. Honed, tumbled, polished, split faced, brushed are just some of the finishes explained and illustrated in this presentation. This overview demonstrates why stone has numerous environmental benefits to architects who design buildings that are long lasting.
 
Availability
Please note that this course can only be administered by an approved proctor.
 
Course Accreditations
AIA®/CES - HSW (1LU)
IDCEC, ASID, IIDA, EDC - (1 CEU)
Structural Engineering - (PDH)
 

Know Your Porcelain
 
Overview
Porcelain tile is beautiful, strong, durable and ideal surface in commercial as well as residential applications. Certified porcelain excels as a versatile finish material both indoors and out from kitchens to baths, poolside to hospital hallway. Porcelain tile meets universal design and this presentation will review the latest information on using the dynamic coefficient of friction (DCOF) vs. the static coefficient of friction (SCOF) for tile surfaces that meet ADA criteria. Architects will review the manufacturing of tiles, the use of recycled content, tile grading, markings and tile applications. Numerous examples of the different types of porcelain will expand the architect’s design toolkit. Mastering the art of selecting and specifying porcelain tile, architects can comfortably choose porcelain tile to provide durability and sustainability to their projects.
 
Availability
Please note that this course can only be administered by an approved proctor.
 
Course Accreditations
AIA®/CES - HSW (1LU)
IDCEC, ASID, IIDA, EDC - (1 CEU)
Structural Engineering - (PDH)
 

Tile Is Green
 
Overview
As sustainability has become an important consideration to consumers and architects who are designing for better environmental stewardship, green building programs have emerged to certify which buildings meet specific sustainable design goals. Materials used in these buildings are an important part of sustainable design as they can contribute to good indoor air quality and energy efficiency. The focus on tile in this presentation clarifies the many ways that this product can contribute to a green building certification in such programs as USGBC LEED®, NAHB® Green Building Standard, and the IgCC®’s International Green Construction Code. The design professional will also learn about the ANSI® (138.1) Green Squared® standard for defining a green tile – a standard developed by the North American Tile Council with the input of designers, architects, green professionals, end users and manufacturers. Along with a review of the latest sustainable manufacturing practices, this presentation illustrates how the selection of tile as a green material is an easy choice for design professionals.
 
Availability
Please note that this course can only be administered by an approved proctor.
 
Course Accreditations
AIA®/CES - HSW/SD (1LU)
IDCEC, ASID, IIDA, EDC - (1 CEU)
Structural Engineering - (PDH)