Technical Resources

Qualified Labor language in Architectural Specifications

Course Description:

Industry professionals acknowledge that a shortage of skilled labor is among the greatest challenges to delivering projects on time and within budget. Unqualified installations also create potential safety concerns and job failures. This course seeks to equip architects and designers with the necessary tools and resources to write specifications that ensure the safe, sustainable and proper installation and performance of tile and stone projects by qualified tile and stone contractors.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the various skills assessments tile installers receive from a certified evaluator, and know how these certifications contribute to the safe, successful and sustainable performance of tile installations
  • Identify industry-recognized tile and stone contractor qualifications, and how those qualifications directly relate to the safe, successful and sustainable performance of tile and stone installations
  • Locate and understand current industry-recognized tile installer and contractor qualifications as published in the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Handbook and ArcomMasterSpec
  • Incorporate the necessary language into architectural specifications that designates contractor certifications and specific installer skills areas including large format tile, mud work, shower receptors, membranes, thin porcelain tile and grout in an effort to avoid failures in tile installations