Tile Installer Qualifications Language in Architectural Specifications

A Tile and Stone Council of Northern California Presentation/Co-Sponsored by AIA East Bay

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
5:30-8:30pm, includes networking reception
Free; however registration is required.
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Event Contact: Joani Woelfel, Allied Member


In recent years, architects have been tightening up their specification language to require a higher level of qualifications of the tile contractor, reflecting their concern to avoid failures and achieve the best possible performance. This seminar will walk participants through the evolution of training, certification, and credentialing programs for tile installers over the past 15 years, leading up to the options available today.

It will discuss the recommended language in the TCNA Handbook, manufacturers’ literature, MasterSpec, and other recognized industry programs. Participants will learn why these requirements are important, how to meet them, how to enforce them, and how their widespread adoption will lead to a consistently higher quality of installations and a more level playing field among qualified contractors.

Guests will receive a complimentary copy of the 2015 TCNA Handbook.



  • 5:30–6 p.m. Registration, Sponsor Q&As
  • 6–6:30 p.m. Cocktails, food & beverages
  • 6:30–8 p.m. Program Begins


About the Presenter

scottScott Conwell, FAIA, International Masonry InstituteScott is the Director of Industry Development and Technical Service for the Illinois office of the International Masonry Institute (IMI). During his 20 years with IMI, Scott has developed and presented a variety of masonry seminars to architects, designers, and contractors all over the United States, from large industry conferences to small in-house seminars. He has authored technical articles published in The Construction Specifier, Structure Magazine, Licensed Architect, Masonry Construction Magazine, the Proceedings of the North American Masonry Conference, and others. Scott currently leads IMI’s team on the Masonry Detailing Series project, an online collection of masonry details and technical information.

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will become aware of the spectrum of contractor qualifications available to tile contractors, and how the contractor qualifications are directly related to the successful performance of a tile installation.
2. Participants will learn how to avoid likely failures in tile installations in the areas of large format tile, shower receptors, membranes, and mud work, by writing language into the architectural specifications that address these areas.
3. Participants will learn where to find the most up-to-date recommendations on tile installer qualifications as published in the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Handbook, International Masonry Institute, and Arcom MasterSpec.
4. Participants will see case studies and examples of advanced certifications for tile installers from a certified evaluator, and learn how these certifications contribute to the successful performance of tile.


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