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UMI – The Source offers a number of CEU opportunities each year to trade professionals including builders, kitchen and bath designers, interior designers and architects. Continued education is a key component of our business. At UMI, we not only strongly believe in educating our clients through the stone buying process, but also educating ourselves and our partners. Keeping up to date with industry standards, trends, best practices and new ideas is imperative to ensure we are providing best-in-class service and raising the bar for our trade.

We are currently offering the following CEU courses:

Porcelain Stoneware Slabs

Dive deeper into your porcelain stoneware knowledge, which has evolved from traditional ceramics, with unrivaled comparative performance in terms of appearance and function.

AIA Course Number: 2020-INF-1, 1.0 LU

Ventilated Facades

How porcelain slabs can maximize the benefits and the aesthetic appearance of the system

AIA Course Number: 2020-INF-11, 1.0 LU/HSW

Designing To Close The Loop With Recycled Glass Surfacing

Designing and specifying sustainability and durability with recycled glass surfaces.

IDCEC: ID# CEU-107223 1.5 CEU Hrs.

GBCI: ID# 920016103 1 CE Hr.

NKBA: ID# 1185555 .2 CEC Units


Natural Stone Institute

We offer more than a dozen CEU courses from the Natural Stone Institute!

Natural Stone 101

Everything you NEED to know about designing with the oldest building material

This one-hour class is designed for construction industry 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, serpentine, 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.

AIA Course Number: MIA10, 1.0 LU/HSW

IDCEC Course Number: 105466, Subject Code: 5.3, 0.1 HSW CEU

LACES Course Number: MIA10 HSW



The art of specifying natural stone

This one-hour session is designed to give architects and designers an overview of how to specify natural stone. There are many factors to consider ensuring you are choosing the proper material for your project. What do you need to know about its species, color variations, and finish possibilities? Is the quarry able to produce the sizes and quantities you need? And finally, what factors affect the price of the stone you specify? Get the resources you need to help ensure the stone you choose meets the standards and design intent set for your application.

AIA Course Number: MIA13, 1 LU/HSW

IDCEC Course Number: 104505, Subject Code: 6.1, 0.1 HSW CEU

LACES Course Number: MIA13, 1.0 HSW


Stone II

Introduction to Natural Stone Design II

This one-hour class is designed for architects, landscape architects, and interior designers desiring to gain a full understanding of natural stone as a building material. Attendees will better understand stone testing requirements needed for some residential, commercial, interior and exterior applications. They will also learn about many common applications of natural stone including walking surfaces, vertical surfaces, furniture and countertops.

AIA Course Number: MIA02, 1 LU/HSW

IDCEC Course Number: 105873, Subject Code: 5.3, 0.1 HSW CEU

LACES Course Number: ASLA1, 1.0 HSW

Certified Stone (for A/D)

Why specify certified stone | How the natural dimension stone sustainability standard can assist green building projects

This course highlights how the dimension stone sustainability standard (ANSI/NSC 373) can assist projects with sustainability goals. The standard examines and verifies through a third party, numerous areas of stone production such as: water usage, custody and transportation, site and plant management, land reclamation, corporate governance, energy, waste, chemicals, worker health and safety and innovation credits. It also includes a companion Chain of Custody (COC) program, which ensures traceability of certified stone from the quarry to processing and throughout the supply chain and to their journeys end.

AIA Course Number: MIA14, 1 LU/HSW

IDCEC: 105465, Subject Code: 5.20, 0.1 HSW CEU

LACES Course Number: MIA14, 1.0 HSW

GBCI: 0920008691, 1CE Hour

Stone Care

What you should know

This one-hour course will give design professionals a general understanding of natural stone and the best practices for care and maintenance. Find out what to expect from a stone sealer in both interior and exterior applications and discover the truth about when to seal and when not to seal. Discuss the chemical make-up of different types of cleaners and how they can affect the longevity of your stone installation.

AIA Course Number: MIA08, 1 LU/HSW

IDCEC Course Number: 106466, Subject Code: 5.3, 0.1 HSW CEU

LACES Course Number: MIA08, 1.0 HSW


Green Design

Natural stone and green design

This one-hour presentation is intended to explain how natural stone fits into the Green movement. The stone industry continues to reduce environmental impacts through technology advancements and responsible manufacturing and shipping processes. We will discuss historical uses of natural stone that have stood the test of time. You will see examples of how key characteristics of stone such as its life cycle and carbon footprint satisfy elements of green building standards.

AIA Course Number: MIA09, 1 LU/HSW

IDCEC Course Number: 104638, Subject Code: 5.20, 0.1 HSW CEU

LACES Course Number: MIA09, 1.0 HSW

GBCI Course Number: 0090010893, 1 CE Hour



Marble use in the kitchen

Specific to natural stone, many may think that you can only use granite on a kitchen countertop. This class will focus on the use of marble in the kitchen which is on the rise in the U.S. (note: marble has been used in kitchens for hundreds of years, especially in Europe). Attendees will learn that the use of marble in a kitchen will require different protective treatments. They will also learn more about the increasing trend of marble use in the kitchen; obtain unique design elements of using marble for a countertop surface; and, expand their ability to set the proper consumer expectation.

This one-hour class is designed for residential, hospitality, and facilities management design professionals.

AIA Course Number: MIA03, 1 LU/HSW

IDCEC Course Number: CEU-105875, Subject Code: 4.·, 0.1 HSW CEU



Partnering with natural stone countertop fabricators and distributors for increased sales

Natural stone is one of the hottest building products in the world today with increased sales for many in the design and dealer communities. You rely on the credibility of natural stone fabricators/installers to help you exceed customer expectations. This session will guide you through the process needed to identify a quality natural stone company. This relationship is critical to develop an ally in the stone selection, fabrication, and installation processes.


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