Design Pro’s: Learn and stay accredited with our CEUs. If you want to participate in any of our CEU’s, please write us at ceus@akdo.com. We’ll share our schedule of upcoming showroom CEU presentations or help you schedule a ‘house call’ for your whole office.


We love offering a CEU that answers a need in your practice the way this one does!

Myths abound about marble use in the kitchen. Your clients may want the luxurious look of marble, but they think they have to have engineered stone or granite whether they like it or not, just to be safe.

We say: More marble. Less fear.

Italian grandmothers know something about marble in the kitchen that your American residential clients don’t. Find out why the Nonnas can live with and love their classic white marble countertops for decades while cooking daily with red wine, tomato sauce, olive oil and lemon juice. And learn why and how marble is trending in American kitchens more than ever before.

This course, written by the esteemed Marble Institute of America and presented by AKDO’s stone experts, will help give you all you need to know about proper sealing and expand your ability to set consumer expectations for simple, realistic maintenance schedules for marble in the kitchen.

Now you can relax and specify those luscious, thick Carrara slabs or Calacatta backsplashes, and your clients can rejoice in their European-inspired elegance.

1 credit (AIA, IDCEC and NKBA)


Few missteps in design are more costly than a stone tile failure. Luckily, this can be easily avoided with basic knowledge and a few up-front precautions.

“Natural Stone Tile: An Overview” is a one-hour course that familiarizes design professionals with the resources available for installation methods and specifying standards for natural stone tile. In this course, developed by the stone authorities at Marble Institute of America in partnership with the Tile Council of North America, you’ll learn to:

  • Understand the basic stone types and methods of formation
  • Reference the key aspects of stone tile specs as introduced in the 2011-12 TCNA Handbook, ANSI A 108/A118, and the MIA Dimension Stone Design Manual 7.2
  • Understand how the characteristics of stone and the intricacies of stone tile installation can impact your project
  • Distinguish key differences between the installation of stone tile and ceramic or porcelain tile
  • Access great resources available for installation methods and specifying standards for natural stone tile

We’ll even show you examples of common stone tile failures and give you a checklist of best practices to ensure a successful installation. 1 credit (AIA and IDCEC)


AKDO invites you to a CEU geared towards Architects, Interior Designers and Kitchen Industry Professionals desiring to gain a full understanding of natural stone as a building material. This one-hour class is designed for professionals desiring to gain a full understanding of natural stone as a building material. Learn more about the various natural stones (limestone, travertine, onyx, marble, sandstone, slate, quartzite, and granite). Obtain information about common quarrying techniques, fabrication, and finishing methods. With this understanding, you’ll enhance your ability to select the right stone, fabrication technique, and finish for your project. Written by the country’s foremost stone authorities, Marble Institute of America, and presented by AKDO’s experts, Stone 101 is an eye-opener. Here’s a taste of what you’ll discover:

  • Learn the difference between rock and stone, between stone tile and stone mosaic, and gain a whole new respect for slabs.
  • Learn the types of stone and how they originate in nature, and how these natural characteristics can become a rough guide to the way various stones should be applied to building projects.
  • Learn about quarrying and discover the joy of designing with materials from the earth.
  • Learn about natural variation and why, depending on where they come out of the ground, the markings of certain stones can be as unique as fingerprints.

If you loved your college geology course you will go crazy for Stone 101. If you hated it, rest assured there will be enough design-centric content here to  make you very happy. Either way, take part one and two and earn yourself 2 credits. (AIA, IDCEC and NKBA)


Explore the sustainability of stone as a building material, starting with environmentally friendly quarrying and manufacturing techniques. From there, learn about the characteristics that make different stones unique, the ways to best use each for a long lasting application, and techniques to appropriately maintain their beauty, ensuring long lasting performance and beauty.

How Stone Can Be Quarried and Processed Sustainably: When proper methods are utilized, natural stone can be manufactured more sustainably than other surface-covering materials. Compared to mining, quarrying allows for the entirety of the blocks to be used, and many factories also use state of the art machinery to reduce waste even further. Stone can be recycled in a variety of ways, such as in reclaimed tile, reclaimed slabs, gravel, and as a component in manmade materials. Additionally, there are programs in place to ensure the environment is appropriately cared for and reclaimed after a quarry site is no longer in use.

Different Stones and Their Characteristics When choosing stones, a variety of factors must be considered. Of course, aesthetics are a major driver of natural stone selection, however, the natural characteristics and performance in the application it is being considered for are also crucial considerations. Choosing the right stone will result in spaces that not only have unique character, but in installations that can last many lifetimes. Understanding the individualities of general types of stones is a great starting point to ensure you make the right decision for your project and taste.

Care and Maintenance of Natural Stone: The best way to ensure sustainability of your stone installations is to appropriately maintain the stone and to repair any damage. Most stones require sealer to gaurantee protection from stains, and care must be taken when choosing which type of sealer to use. When an installation incurs serious damage, or if you’re unsure of the appropriate solution, seek the help of a professional stone restorer to protect its beauty and lifespan.

Timeless Uses of Natural Stone in Architecture and Interior Design: For millennium, man has utilized the strength and beauty of stone as a building material. Most of the world’s noteworthy and ancient architecture was constructed with this natural material, which further proves its beauty, versatility and astounding endurance.

Worth 1 CEU Credit (AIA and IDCEC)


As tiling technology advances, large format materials have become increasingly popular in architecture and interior design specifications. While there are many benefits, both technically and aesthetically, these materials must be installed with care to ensure long term integrity. In this CEU, learn about the different types of large format tiles available, recommended surface preparation methods, proper installation techniques and design considerations that lead to a successful installation.

Explore Different Types of Large Format Material and Their Appropriate Uses: Large format natural stone and porcelain tiles are becoming increasingly prevalent in both commercial and residential applications. Large expanses of material not only look aesthetically pleasing; they also boast much simpler maintenance due to a smaller number of grout joints present. Learn about common materials available in large format tile and their appropriate uses.

Preventative Measures and How To Master Substrate Prep:Proper preparation of the substrate is the key to a successful large format tile installation. Whether the material is being applied to floors or walls, the flatness and suitability of the surface are of the utmost importance. Learn about the key factors that need examining before tile installation can begin, from floor flatness to waterproofing considerations, and how mastering prep can prevent problems from occurring later in the process.

Proper Large Format Installation Techniques and Recommended Tools: Because of the cost of each large format tile, making mistakes during the process can be both costly and time consuming. Compared to working with smaller tesserae tile, installing large format material requires mastering new techniques in order to overcome potential risks. Discover the latest product innovations and installation practices, including innovative tools, choosing appropriate setting materials, and anti-lippage systems that result in sound, long-lasting installations.

Understand Uses of Large Format Material in Design:Peruse a variety of large format tile installations to understand how they are commonly used by the A&D community to create dynamic spaces, including kitchens, bathrooms, hotel lobbies, and even outdoors.

Worth 1 CEU Credit (AIA and IDCEC)