CFI installation course registration opens

January 4, 2016 | Comments Off on CFI installation course registration opens

Dallas—Registration has opened for the International Certified Floorcovering Installers’ (CFI) new proprietary residential carpet installation course at the CFI Training Facility based in Forney, Texas, which will begin training in February. The class, which is only offered at the CFI school, turns out certified installation graduates ready to begin work immediately after five weeks. “There is no other training program like this in the world today,” said Scott Humphrey, CEO, World Floor Covering Association (WFCA),...

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CFI convention: Dawn of a new era for installation association

December 18, 2015 | Comments Off on CFI convention: Dawn of a new era for installation association

November 30/December 14; Volume 30/Number 12 By Ken Ryan Dallas—The 22nd annual International Certified Floorcovering Installers (CFI) convention was held here last month, but to Robert Varden, the new CEO, it might as well have been the first. “We are in our infancy,” Varden told members and associates. “We are born in an age with so much opportunity. We have so many more resources now with the WFCA [World Floor Covering Association].” In September the...

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Resilient: True loose lay highlighted for easier, faster installation

November 12, 2015 | Comments Off on Resilient: True loose lay highlighted for easier, faster installation

November 9/16; Volume 30/Number 11 By Jenna Lippin Innovations in luxury vinyl tile continue as the product category picks up steam thanks to an upbeat marketplace. Improvements in installation remain top of mind for manufacturers as DIY and BIY shoppers are seeking a fast, easy job, in addition to the need for low-maintenance installation due to a lack of installers and, therefore, less time for training. While dry back/glue-down and click products remain popular options—capturing...

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CRI unveils key changes to carpet installation standards

September 15, 2015 | Comments Off on CRI unveils key changes to carpet installation standards

Joe Yarbrough Dalton—The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) has updated its installation standards for carpet 104 (commercial) and 105 (residential). Developed by a team of industry leaders, these changes address innovations that require new approaches to carpet installation, particularly planning and subfloor preparation. “Over the past 20 years, we’ve seen a flood of new carpet products, materials and technologies in the market,” said Joe Yarbrough, CRI president. “Carpet installers need updated guidance to ensure customers...

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FCICA names first certified installation manager

August 11, 2015 | Comments Off on FCICA names first certified installation manager

West Bloomfield, Mich.—The Flooring Contractors Association (FCICA) has named Amy Johnston of Flooring Services in Livonia, Mich., the first Certified Installation Manager (CIM) to receive her designation from the CIM Program. Johnston completed all of the learning modules and assessments in the program to become the first CIM. The CIM program is an online certification program specifically developed for and available to anyone who wants to obtain the knowledge necessary to become a CIM and...

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Carpetland USA teams with industry leaders for installation event

June 11, 2015 | Comments Off on Carpetland USA teams with industry leaders for installation event

Davenport, Iowa—The Carpetland USA store located here hosted a CFI-Congoleum Installation Training Event earlier this month. The two-day, hands-on class was sponsored by the flooring distributor All Tile and the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA). Joe Cea, installation specialist for Congoleum and CFI senior certifier, and members of the CFI team, Tony Buckhardt and Jay Zurn, demonstrated LVT installation requirements including product knowledge, substrate preparation and the importance of professionalism and customer satisfaction. “CFI and...

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Beaulieu of Brazil hosts CFI LVT installation training

May 27, 2015 | Comments Off on Beaulieu of Brazil hosts CFI LVT installation training

Sao Paulo, Brazil—Beaulieu of Brazil hosted the Certified Floorcovering Installers (CFI) installation training May 2-16 here. Sessions were led by Jim Walker, CEO of CFI, and Robert Varden, executive director of CFI. Installers learned how to use new tools, new methods of adhesive application, seaming techniques and more. “The installers became proficient at the various requirements of seam construction such as running a row, seaming and using a glue gun and black light,” Walker said....

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ANSI approves WFCA sponsored S600 Carpet Installation Standard

April 17, 2015 | Comments Off on ANSI approves WFCA sponsored S600 Carpet Installation Standard

Anaheim, Calif.— The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) sponsored S600 Carpet Installation Standard, developed under the expert guidance of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The acceptance of S600 as an ANSI standard is a significant achievement for the flooring industry, marking the first time the entire industry assembled to jointly develop a universal standard for carpet installations across both commercial and residential sectors....

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FCICA: Focus on installation manager segment pays off

March 24, 2015 | Comments Off on FCICA: Focus on installation manager segment pays off

March 16/23, 2015; Volume 28/Number 19 By Ken Ryan San Diego—Having worked for a multimillion dollar flooring contractor, Gerry Swift, current chairman of the Flooring Contractors Association (FCICA), understands the critical importance a well-versed installation manager has in the business—not merely from a technical standpoint but with operations and management as well. “We would bring in flooring installers and hope and pray they could take on a management role that included learning contractual obligations, installation...

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FCICA Installation Manager Taskforce develops CIM Purpose Statement

November 19, 2014 | Comments Off on FCICA Installation Manager Taskforce develops CIM Purpose Statement

West Bloomfield, Mich.—FCICA, the Flooring Contractors Association, is delighted to announce that the Installation Manager Taskforce developed a Purpose Statement for the Certified Installation Manager (CIM) Program at the October Mid-Year meeting. The CIM Purpose Statement is as follows: The Certified Installation Manager (CIM) Program provides training tools and assessment for qualified professionals within the commercial flooring industry to enhance their core skill set, experience and knowledge base, which are necessary to successfully manage commercial...

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