CTCAC Ceramic Tile Contractors' Association of Chicago, Inc.
2511 Molitor Road
Aurora, IL 60502-9682
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Trowel of Excellence

What is the Trowel of Excellence (TOE)?

The Trowel of Excellence is recognition of a union tile/stone contractor CTCAC member who's company performs the highest level of quality installations and is committed to the betterment of the Union Tile Industry.

Is the certification for an individual or company?

The company is certified.

Who can apply for a TOE Certification?

Must meet all criteria.

  • A member in good standing of CTCAC and TCAA
  • A signatory contractor in good standing with IUBAC
  • A contributor to International Masonry Institute
  • A company who has been in the tile contracting business under the same name for a minimum of five years

Who determines if applicants are certified?

The Board of Directors of the Tile Contractors' Association of America

What are the education requirements?

The education hours can come from a combination of company employees

Completion of at least 12 hours of educational programming within the past 2 years (6 hours must come from programs completed at TCAA conventions and 6 hours from IMI-sanctioned training) or, Successful graduation from the IMI Contractor College.

What is required as evidence of financial responsibility?

A bond or CURRENT insurance certificate is required with the application.

What must be submitted with an application?

  • Completed Application Form
  • Three Letters of Reference
  • Body of Work Photos (projects completed within past 5 years)
  • Bonding Instrument AND/OR Certificate of Insurance
  • Company Biography
  • $200 Certification Fee

When will TOE certifications be awarded?

Certification becomes effective immediately upon review and approval of a company's application and supporting documents by the TCAA Board of Directors.  The company is entitled to display the Trowel of Excellence logo on its materials as soon as it receives notification that its application for certification has been approved. The company is also recognized at the TCAA Annual Convention with presentation of the Trowel of Excellence certificate.

What is the deadline for submitting applications?

Applications are considered at regularly scheduled meetings of the TCAA Board.  In order to receive certification in time for convention recognition, the application must be received at least two weeks prior to the opening convention date.


  Contractor Trowel of Excellence Application
pdf Trowel of Excellence Application
form can be completed electronically and emailed

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