There are many people I follow online closely that help me stay current and help me with my monthly projects. I find following the work of the industry's top people you get to stay current and ahead of the traditional learning curve. I was very pleased to find the other day an online University that teaches course on tile setting and shower construction. The course is designed by one of the industries top men - Donato Pompo
I asked Donato about his courses (specifically the water/vapour management side) the other day and here is what he said;
John, The Understanding the Basics of Ceramic Tile course and the Understanding the Basics of Natural Stone course both have sections on waterproofing. Both courses have been Canadianized for TTMAC www.ttmac.com. We are working on a shower course that will have a section on steam rooms, but it won't be ready until later next year. I do have an article on "How to Specify and Build Fail Proof Showers" that will cover steam rooms coming out in February 2013 in The Construction Specifier.
I have been training my apprentice now for three plus years. He has yet to install a single project or any waterproofing measures for a shower or wet room floor by himself. I have shared with him all my pointers and company rules but I have never given him a general background on tile and tile selection. I think this course from Donato would be an excellent overview and I'm sure we will learn a thing or two taking it. Every chance we get we train and re-train. Mapei locally in Vancouver continues to raise the bar at a supplier level and not a month goes by we are not invited to learn about something new from them.
If you do not have a strong understanding of shower construction there are few venues you can go for qualified instruction. As a member of the NTCA I have signed myself up to take part and get certified in the NTCA's 5STAR certification program. This is a no brainer and I hope I pass the test - It's hands on. I have grown used to working with my apprentices and in doing the 5STAR course will be working alone - I assume this means I need to cut and polish my own tile, and carry all the gear! lol Oh well, I'll suck it up and see how I do.
Through the NTCA, TTMAC and my LinkdIn groups I keep finding posts by Donato - posts that make sense and really feed my hunger for detailed explanation. I have not taken the course as yet but thought I would share a link to Donato's web page if anyone is researching the subject.
We will take it and I will share the verdict at a later date.
The course is $150.00 per student. $300.00 for two. A small price to pay to be trained by one of the smartest brains in the industry.
Update: I passed!