Technical & Standards
  • Course Code
    AD101
    Available Until
    N/A
    Course Type
    Technical & Standards
    CEUs
    1.0

    This introductory course covers common quarrying and fabrication techniques and finishing methods for working with natural stone. Use this knowledge to enhance your ability to select the right stone, fabrication technique, and finish for your project.

  • Course Code
    AD102
    Available Until
    N/A
    Course Type
    Technical & Standards
    CEUs
    1.0

    This course is part of Natural Stone Institute’s Building Stone Materials Kit, which has been specifically designed to be incorporated into the Building Materials course curriculum within Architecture, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture programs. The goal of these kits is to raise student awareness for the benefits and uses of natural stone that will influence their recognition of natural stone as a superior building material.

  • Course Code
    AD103
    Available Until
    N/A
    Course Type
    Technical & Standards
    CEUs
    1.0

    This one-hour course is your introduction to using natural stone as a building material. By reviewing the fundamentals of its formation and mineral composition, you will gain confidence in specifying this versatile material.  Let us open your eyes to the endless possibilities for these beautiful, durable and valued natural stones.

  • Course Code
    AD130
    Available Until
    N/A
    Course Type
    Technical & Standards
    CEUs
    1.0

    Learn how the products certified to the Natural Stone Sustainability Standard can help your project achieve its sustainability goals. This course covers the importance of life cycle analysis, chain of custody standards, and other green building components.

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  • Course Code
    AD135
    Available Until
    N/A
    Course Type
    Technical & Standards
    CEUs
    1.0

    With so many building materials on the market, why continue to choose genuine natural stone for your projects? This course covers the inherent durability of natural stone, its performance ability in commercial and residential applications, and technological advancements that are keeping natural stone at the forefront of design trends.

  • Course Code
    AD140
    Available Until
    N/A
    Course Type
    Technical & Standards
    CEUs
    1.0

    Natural stone is nearly complete as a building material in its natural state and has proven its durability over the centuries. Combine these attributes with knowledge that the industry has committed to lowering impacts, being socially responsible, and aligning with green building programs. Most design teams already agree that natural stone is inherently a great solution for projects with green building goals. This session will elaborate on why and show you where to find the documentation needed to check more boxes than you might have realized were possible with natural stone.

  • Course Code
    AD155
    Available Until
    N/A
    Course Type
    Technical & Standards
    CEUs
    1.0

    This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of a relatively new application (thin veneer) of a classic product (natural stone). Learn how this product is produced, common application techniques and opportunities, and best uses for different types of this unique material.

  • Course Code
    AD205
    Available Until
    N/A
    Course Type
    Technical & Standards
    CEUs
    1.0

    This one-hour course will demonstrate how natural stone applications can add beauty, character, and value to any living space. By communicating the proper expectations for performance and maintenance requirements, the consumer will gain a better understanding and appreciation for using natural stone in their kitchens and bathrooms.

  • Course Code
    AD205
    Available Until
    N/A
    Course Type
    Technical & Standards
    CEUs
    1.0

    Natural stone has been the premier building material of choice throughout history, thanks to its durability and timeless aesthetic. Inherently beautiful and versatile, it’s no wonder that manmade materials aim to replicate its attributes, appearance and ultimately its desirability.  This course will compare the versatility, performance characteristics, and green building considerations for both natural stone and manmade materials. Understanding these key points will prepare you with knowledge for design concepts, applications and how to educate the consumer.  Styles change from season to season, but mother nature creates unique designs in natural stone that are historically innovative and always on trend. 

  • Course Code
    AD210
    Available Until
    1/29/2023
    Course Type
    Technical & Standards
    CEUs
    1.0

    Marble use in the kitchen is on the rise. This course covers various aspects of working with marble in the kitchen, including requirements for care and maintenance, design trends, and setting proper customer expectations for marble countertops.

  • Course Code
    AD335
    Available Until
    N/A
    Course Type
    Technical & Standards
    CEUs
    1.0

    There are many factors to consider when specifying materials for a project. Use this course to get the resources you need to help ensure the stone you choose meets the standards and design intent set for your application.

  • Course Code
    T101
    Available Until
    N/A
    Course Type
    Technical & Standards
    CEUs
    6.0

    The geological makeup of stone is a major determining factor when specifying materials.  This course will provide a geological overview of stone.  Participants will learn about the history of stone, geological attributes to consider when specifying material, and how to verify stone classifications. 

  • Course Code
    T113
    Available Until
    N/A
    Course Type
    Technical & Standards
    CEUs
    N/A

    This presentation will compare the many adhesive chemistries used in the stone fabrication and restoration industry, including epoxy, polyester, and acrylic. Newer chemistries including polypoxy, urethanes, and urethane hybrid systems will also be covered.  The presentation will focus on the comparative properties of these chemistries, and will highlight the pros and cons of each.  We will also discuss some of the “Do’s and Don’ts” when using these adhesives.

  • Course Code
    T115
    Available Until
    N/A
    Course Type
    Technical & Standards
    CEUs
    N/A

    Join us for a webinar on the science behind stone and tile types and the compatibility of different sealers and their overall performance. Different stones have different densities, porosities, mineralogy, and various finishes that exaggerate these differences. Learn which sealer types to use based on how they are marketed and made for optimum sealing performance; water-based vs. solvent-based; what sealers do and don’t do, and when they should be used. A discussion of how to avoid common grout haze staining issues and how to save time and money in the process by pre-sealing or using a grout release for certain tiles and stones will be key points of discussion and demonstration.

  • Course Code
    T120
    Available Until
    N/A
    Course Type
    Technical & Standards
    CEUs
    3.0

    What is the best blade for cutting marble, quartzite, or other stones? Are pre-mixed color cartridge adhesives better than mixing by eye? What other tools should be considered? This session will cover the selection process for shop and installation tools and chemicals. Come away with a plan to select the right tool for the job every time.

  • Course Code
    T140
    Available Until
    N/A
    Course Type
    Technical & Standards
    CEUs
    1.0

    Join Natural Stone Institute Technical Director Chuck Muehlbauer for an overview of ASTM standards and stone testing requirements for projects in the United States. Learn the requirements of performance placed on stone at the time of installation and in the future, and how these standards serve as benchmarks for quality limits of products.

  • Course Code
    T141
    Available Until
    N/A
    Course Type
    Technical & Standards
    CEUs
    N/A

    Attachment of stone units is accomplished by either mechanical anchorage or adhesive bonding, or in some situations a hybrid system using both methodologies. Test methods exist to proof both mechanical and adhesive systems. Given the vast variety of products and designs available to accomplish attachment, the test methods tend to be less standardized than physical property testing methods to allow for customization of the method per the specific parameters of the project components. This session will uncover the mysteries of the ASTM C1354 (Individual Stone Anchorages), ASTM C1201 (Full Panel Stone), and the newly published ASTM C1823 (Shear Bond of Adhered Stone) test methods. Attention will be focused on how the methods are customized to address specific and unique situations.

  • Course Code
    T142
    Available Until
    N/A
    Course Type
    Technical & Standards
    CEUs
    1.0

    One of the increasingly common requests in stone properties is that of its resistance to freeze/thaw cycling. Historically, stone product performance evaluations were done via research of existing exemplar projects using the same stone in similar climatic exposures. However, this is not feasible when evaluating products that are relatively new to the marketplace. Development of a standardized method for accelerated weathering testing of stone has been a research topic within ASTM and other committees for decades. This session will provide the background of the research completed, a summary of the current research being conducted, and an overview of what type of testing is currently being implemented in the absence of a published, consensus-based protocol.

  • Course Code
    T150
    Available Until
    N/A
    Course Type
    Technical & Standards
    CEUs
    1.0

    Many choices exist for the anchorage of natural stone units. While experienced design professionals understand the factors that influence their selections, those factors may not be obvious to all.  This session will discuss specific exterior anchorage devices and illuminate the intrinsic features unique to them that makes them a favorable choice in some applications, yet an unfavorable candidate in another. Focus will also be provided on the importance of proper installation of these same devices.

  • Course Code
    T150
    Available Until
    N/A
    Course Type
    Technical & Standards
    CEUs
    3.0

    Shop drawings are a great communication tool that can clarify details of a project to clients, production employees, and installation crews. During this session, we will discuss key components of shop drawings, how to create them, and how to fabricate stone to meet specifications. Come away with a better knowledge of these documents and a plan for how to use them to create a successful installation.

  • Course Code
    T160
    Available Until
    N/A
    Course Type
    Technical & Standards
    CEUs
    1.0

    This session will discuss several varieties of exterior cladding systems and explain the minimum skills and experience that should be secured before venturing into each type of work. Come away from this session with a plan for researching and writing specifications to meet industry standards.

  • Course Code
    T162
    Available Until
    N/A
    Course Type
    Technical & Standards
    CEUs
    1.0

    Many contractors and design professionals have preferences for either adhered or anchored methods of applying stone veneer, but the decision shouldn’t be based on preference.  Project details, structural support, anticipated loading, stone variety, and even local climate often provide a more objective answer as to whether adhesive or anchored methods are more appropriate. This session will discuss the code mandated and industry recommended parameters that should be evaluated to determine the system to use, and the components included in that system.

  • Course Code
    T170
    Available Until
    N/A
    Course Type
    Technical & Standards
    CEUs
    1.0

    Stone selection is an excited process for members of the design community, as well as stone professionals.  When it comes to using stone in an area defined as a “wet exposure” application, such as showers, there are some key elements you will want to be aware of. This session will provide some of the properties to be evaluated to ensure success when installing stone in wet areas, as well as some of the proven installation methods. We will also discuss common mistakes that can lead to premature failure of these applications.

  • Course Code
    T180
    Available Until
    N/A
    Course Type
    Technical & Standards
    CEUs
    1.0

    This session covers three specific types of seams (Gluing Miters: Face Down with Clamps, Gluing Miters: Face Up with Tape, Deck Seams & Butt Joints). Learn how to perform each specific seam and answer related questions to each technique. Review basic color matching theory and seam finishing and gain a better understanding of how to utilize each seam on the jobsite.  

  • Course Code
    T210
    Available Until
    N/A
    Course Type
    Technical & Standards
    CEUs
    1.5

    Quartzite is a beautiful building material.  With that beauty comes unique fabrication and installation techniques. Join the Natural Stone Institute and Stone World magazine as we discuss the world of geological quartzite.  During the session, we will discuss the geology, fabrication, and installation practices that provide the best product application of this material. We will also review how to set expectations with customers to ensure successful installation and a happy client.  Come away with a plan to maximize the value of quartzite to both your company and the customer.