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The Natural Stone University provides training resources for Natural Stone Institute member companies covering safety, business administration, technical stone topics, geology, sales and marketing, and more. Over 300 hours of online education are available free to members (a $12,500 value).
The courses below are provided free of charge to non-members. To access all courses, we encourage you to become a member. Learn more about membership benefits here.
B342: Social Media Marketing: An Interactive Discussion for Stone Professionals
Are you a marketing professional in the natural stone industry? Join this interactive discussion on social media marketing for the stone industry. Learn best practices from leaders in your field, ask questions, and share your own experiences on topics such as sourcing photos, efficiency tools, topic identification, and platform best practices.
SS111S: Silicosis: Una Guía de la Industria para la Toma de Conciencia
Durante cientos de años, la silicosis ha sido un grave problema de salud para los trabajadores de la minería, las canteras, el corte de piedra, la molienda de piedra y otras ocupaciones en las que se genera polvo de sílice cristalina. En esta sesión se debatirá qué es la silicosis y qué medidas deben adoptarse para prevenir dicha enfermedad.
AD351: 2021 Award Winning Projects Featuring Natural Stone
Each year, the Natural Stone Institute honors several projects that represent the best use of natural stone through innovation, beauty and craftmanship. The award-winning projects featured in this course are notable for their ingenuity, sustainable attributes, and material selection. It is our hope to both educate and inspire architects and designers on the many benefits to building and designing with natural stone.
AD103: Natural Stone Principles
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.
T140: ASTM Standards and Stone Testing
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.
AD265: Designer Talk: Using Natural Stone in Commercial Architecture- The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial
With so many building materials on the market today, what makes natural stone the best material for your application? Join us as a group of design professionals discuss why they chose natural stone for their commercial projects. During this session, we will discuss why natural stone is the premier choice for commercial applications in cladding, interior and exterior art installations, and public spaces. We will also share tools to avoid challenges associated with these applications. Come away with a plan to incorporate more natural stone into your design portfolio.
T174: Virtual Quarry Tour: Polycor Indiana Limestone Quarries
This one-hour virtual experience will allow you to visit an active limestone quarry and see the natural stone in its original environment. Discover the history of the quarry, the geological components of the stone, and what makes it unique to this site. Stone professionals will provide technical information concerning stone installation, and you will discover creative applications and opportunities with a designer. Join us and connect with nature’s oldest building material.
B111: Estimating for Profitability
How does your company estimate a project? Are you estimating to ensure profitability? This session covers the basics of estimating, including factors that impact a project estimate and how to create estimates based on actual project costs. During this session, we will also review project-specific risks that are often overlooked. Come away with a list of items you should always consider when estimating a project.