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NTCA Apprenticeship Guidelines Program


The NTCA Apprenticeship Guidelines Program offers guidance to NTCA members in developing their own tile finishers and tile setters apprenticeship programs. Our program, part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s National Apprenticeship System, uses an employer-driven, “learn-while-you-earn” model that combines hands-on job-related training with NTCA University on-line learning. 

How does an apprenticeship program work? Once an employer creates their apprenticeship program using the NTCA National Guidelines for Apprenticeship, apprentices hired by the employer are able to begin their on-the-job training apprenticeship.

Benefits to Employer

·         Develop highly-skilled workers

·         Build a pipeline of skilled workers

·         Gain workers with customized skills

·         Make a positive return on investment

·         Your company may qualify for tax credits.  Many states offer tax credits related to apprenticeship programs. Employers may also be able to claim training expenses as a federal tax credit.

·         Create a safer workplace that may reduce worker compensation costs, due to the program’s emphasis on safety training

Funding for training, supplies or other aspects of apprenticeship programs may be available through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Ready to start your own apprenticeship program? As an NTCA member, NTCA will guide you in starting your own workforce development program and training your employees with the correct the tile setting methods and techniques to ensure success. To get started, fill out our NTCA program interest form.

Company Apprenticeship Program Interest Form

Benefits to Worker

·         Receive paid on-the-job training with related classroom instruction to prepare you for your highly skilled career as a tile setter

·         Be guided and trained by skilled mentors

·         Secure an industry-recognized credential with no educational debt

·         Leverage your completed apprenticeship for career advancement

·         Create a path to middle-class wages without the need for a four-year degree

·         Carry your national credential where ever you go

Remember that you will earn while you learn, gaining the skills needed to become a journeyman tile setter. If you are interested in pursuing a career as a tile setter, NTCA can match you with a participating employer. 

Want to know more about a career in tile? Get more information with our introduction to tile setting video. If you are interested in becoming a tile apprentice, fill out the form below. 

Individual Apprenticeship Program Interest Form   

NTCA's Introduction to the Tile Trade