The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS) just released an updated version of the popular UofCTS Understanding the Basics of Natural Stone course. Both the USA version and the Canadian version of this course were updated. 

The updated course teaches the student the basics of natural stone including history, uses, how it is quarried, how it is fabricated, how it is installed, how to select natural stone, how to maintain the stone, and how to avoid problems with natural stone, including engineered Quartz products.   

The course provides the technical information, but emphasizes how to work with clients and teaches professional salesmanship tactics such as consultative selling methods that includes professional upselling. The course provides meaningful information that not only benefits showroom consultants, customer service personnel, installers, but also is meaningful to architects and designers. 

It takes about 7 hours on average to complete the course. The student gets 24/7 access for 14 days to the course using a computer with an internet connection and they can  come and go to take the course in doses or all at once.  

List price is $150 USD per student. Upon completing and passing the course the student gets a personalized certificate of completion and they get a free pdf download of a student reference guide that gives them all of the key information from the course. 

To see a short video preview of this course go to  

The updated course was created with the latest HTML5 Technology that allows students to access the courses with mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets, and is compatible with most browsers.

The UofCTS Understanding the Basics of Natural Stone course is one of the three required online courses for becoming a UofCTS Certified Stone Specialist (CSS) upon passing the CSS test. Click Here for more information.