What is ACT?

Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) is an industry-recognized program that certifies the skills and expertise of installers in 7 key areas. ACT is available to BAC journeyworkers through Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committees (JATCs) and IMTEF, giving BAC members and contractors a competitive edge.

Certification Areas

Installers can pursue ACT certification in one or more of the following areas:

  • Grouts
  • Large Format Tile & Substrate Preparation
  • Membranes
  • Mortar (Mud) Floors
  • Mortar (Mud) Walls
  • Shower Receptors
  • Gauged Porcelain Tile and Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels/Slabs

For detailed information on certification areas, download our ACT flyer [PDF].

Why Installers Should Become ACT-Certified

IMTEF recommends that all qualified BAC tile setters pursue ACT certification.

Design professionals and project owners look to ACT to ensure ANSI and TCNA specifications are met, and to guarantee quality installations.

Increased Demand for ACT with MasterSpec Update

In June 2018, MasterSpec – the industry’s most comprehensive building and construction specification resource – updated its tile installer qualifications to include ACT. This means that designers and spec writers will increasingly include the certification as an installer qualification in specifications to help ensure high-performing installations. With the update, there is more demand  than ever for ACT installers, and an opportunity to create more manhours for BAC contractors and members.

How to Obtain ACT Certification

To become ACT certified, installers must: 

  • Be a BAC journeyworker 
  • Successfully complete a 25-question exam to prove knowledge on ANSI and TCNA standards, with a score 84% or higher
  • Successfully complete a hands-on assessment to prove practical skills, with a score 85% or higher 

All BAC journeyworkers interested in pursuing ACT certification will be given an ACT study guide, along with copies of the American National Standard Specifications (ANSI) for the Installation of Ceramic Tile and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Handbook for Ceramic, Glass, and Stone Tile Installation. 

If you are interested in pursuing ACT, contact Lupe Ortiz, Regional Training Director at lortiz@imtef.org or (510)-206-0042. 

ACT Affiliates

The ACT program was created through the combined efforts of 6 leading tile industry organizations: IMI, BAC, CTEF, NTCA, TCAA, and TCNA.