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CFI honors recent graduates

CFIForney, Texas—CFI’s floor installation training school is honoring its 5th graduating class, according to Robert Varden, vice president. The CFI Institute offers accelerated training and professional certification to individuals seeking to learn how to install all types of flooring. Graduates of the most recent residential carpet installation class came from across the United States, from the Pacific Northwest to the Midwest, New England and the Southeast.

“We created our school and launched the very first accelerated carpet installation training course as part of our commitment to tackle the installation problem that touches everyone in our industry,” said Varden. “Together with WFCA and our many supportive partners, we are working continuously to put an end to a problem that affects everyone.”

Through the proprietary class, CFI can take individuals with no prior experience or knowledge in flooring and, after an intensive five-week course, turn out certified residential carpet installers capable of completing a highly professional job in a standard three-bedroom home.

The next accelerated carpet installation class begins this month at the CFI school in Forney, Texas. In addition to the accelerated carpet class, the school also offers long- and short-term training programs in every flooring product category for students at all levels. For more information or to register for the new carpet installation class or another program visit:

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CFI: Surfaces 2016 training courses were filled to capacity

Screen Shot 2016-02-16 at 10.21.01 AMLenexa, Kan.—With all of its certification courses filling to capacity throughout The International Surfaces Event (TISE), Robert Varden, vice president, CFI division of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), declared another successful year for Certified Floorcovering Installer Association. In addition to its training programs CFI offered live demonstrations on-site in the TISE Installation Showcase. The presentations included the installation of luxury vinyl tile and patterned carpet installs, common issues with floating floors and how to address challenges with laminate.

“We had one of our most successful years to date at TISE this year,” Varden said. “Our booth was jam packed throughout the show and there was a lot of very positive buzz about the surplus of installation work available in our industry. Though still in a very early phase, our efforts to reach people and start chipping away at the installation issue appear to be paying off nicely. We have a very steady stream of training programs and certifications lined up this year and I am very excited about the progress we are making every day.”

Bob Gillespie, a certified CFI trainer from Kansas City, Mo, conducted the CFI hardwood and laminate installation training classes at the show with the assistance of certified installers from across the U.S. including David Garden (Michigan), Efren Llamas (California, Kelly Huddleston (Colorado), Roland Thompson (Maryland), Scott Terryberry (Colorado), Dick Schmidt (Ohio), Jen Zurn (Wisconsin) and Jay Zurn (Wisconsin). During the two-day training, installers learned key installation techniques for installing various types of laminate and hardwood including expansion requirements and plank replacement procedures.

The CFI carpet installation course training was conducted by Jonathan Varden from Dallas. Varden was assisted by CFI certified professionals who came to teach from across the country including Tom Cartmell (Indiana), Leon Harrison (Arizona), Dwayne Pruitt (Kansas), George Johnson, III (Maryland), Chris Sessum (Washington) and Gary Goessl (Wisconsin). Participants learned proper seam sealing, other seaming practices, and power stretching techniques.  Other topics such as stair installation, pattern identification and corrective measures, carpet construction, and different backing materials were also discussed and reviewed during the course.

“We would especially like to thank our supportive partners that made the CFI training events at TISE possible including: Mohawk, Mohawk University, Armorlock, Personna, Traxx, Wagner Meters, Lowe’s, Masland, SawStop, Armstrong, Tarkett, Atlas, and the World Floor Covering Association,” Varden said. “Our partners supply all of the products and materials needed as well as product knowledge and tool demonstrations to the installers throughout the show. We thank them for their continued support.”

CFI installation training and certification is offered throughout the year at the new CFI state-of-the-art training school in Forney, Texas, as well as in roving locations across the U.S. For more information about the school visit To view an upcoming calendar of classes or to schedule one at your location, visit


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CFI, Goodwill collaborate to get veterans, unemployed back to work

Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 10.55.18 AMSmyrna, Ga.—The International Certified Floorcovering Installers (CFI) has formed a partnership with Chattahoochee Technical College, Goodwill of North Georgia and Spectra (retail commercial sales division of Shaw Industries) to provide job training and employment services to veterans and other jobseekers. This year, Goodwill’s goal is to place 16,500 of workers into jobs with employers across the region. Through a series of educational sessions, attendees were introduced to specifics of the products, requirements for installation, estimating and measuring tools, substrate preparation methods and more.

“Because our mission is to put people to work, we make it a priority to understand the employer’s needs and hiring challenges,” said Michael Pryor, director of program development at Goodwill of North Georgia. “In fact, we’ve been launching new training programs to help fill our region’s gap for skilled workers over the past few years. The partnership with CFI is a perfect example of how we leverage the knowledge of industry leaders and work together to train jobseekers for skills that businesses are seeking.”

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CFI conducts installation training in Brazil

Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 11.03.03 AMKansas City, Mo.—Beaulieu of Brazil will host CFI Installation training May 2-16 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The training includes hands-on skills working with patterned carpet, broadloom and carpet tiles, LVT and resilient flooring. The CFI team including Jim Walker, CEO; Robert Varden, executive director; Efren Llamas, trainer; and Francisco Jimenez, trainer, will be sharing the latest in floor covering education including installation techniques and tools with 60 flooring installers.

“We are looking forward to working with the installers as they strive to add new skills and enter into a broader scope of flooring installation,” Walker said. “After speaking with those who are coordinating CFI’s first trip to Brazil, their desire to increase installation knowledge is much the same as we have encountered worldwide. The correct methods of flooring installation are becoming more important and we are honored that they have chosen CFI to be a part of this premier training event in Brazil.”

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WFCA sponsored CFI installation workshop scheduled

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 10.14.08 AMAnaheim, Calif. — The next World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) sponsored week-long CFI installation training and certification event is scheduled for Sept. 9-12 in Los Angeles. The event is hosted by Traxx Corp and will be held at their location in Pomona, Calif.

CFI training and certification for residential resilient installation is being offered Sept 9-10, as well as the carpet installation inspection workshop. The laminate/wood and carpet installation training and certification are both scheduled for Sept 11-12. The cost per course is $495. WFCA members receive a $200 discount per class, taking the $495 fee to $295.

Registration is open. A detailed flyer can be downloaded at or, or contact the CFI at 816-231-4646 for assistance.

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FCICA: Group continues focus on installation management

Volume 27/Number 23; March 17/24, 2014

By Louis Iannaco

Screen Shot 2014-03-24 at 4.01.21 PMSt. Pete Beach, Fla.—The mood was upbeat as the Flooring Contractors Association (FCICA) gathered here amidst the sun and surf March 2–5 for its 32nd annual convention. A total of 149 attendees—including 29 first timers—met to network and greet old and new friends alike while learning about the latest developments in commercial flooring installation, management techniques, best practices, programs and related products. Continue reading FCICA: Group continues focus on installation management

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Installments: Why should I attend Surfaces?

January 6/13, 2014; Volume 27/Number 18

Swift, GerryBy Gerry Swift

Maybe I’ve been in a rut. Maybe I need some new ideas, a fresh approach or just some enthusiasm for flooring after a tough 2013. There is no better way to ignite those competitive fires than investing the time and money for a concentrated agenda of seminars, meetings, non-stop new ideas and networking. Yes, you have to be away from the familiar grind for a few days, but it’s worth it. Continue reading Installments: Why should I attend Surfaces?

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SURFACES and CFI offer certification at 2013 show

Dallas — Surfaces and the International Certified Floorcovering Installers (CFI) are enhancing their partnership by providing floorcovering installers the opportunity to earn their carpet installation certification at the 2013 show being held January 29-31 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. This is the first time that CFI has offered this certification at Surfaces.

“CFI is very appreciative of the opportunity to share ideas and techniques that will make a carpet installer’s work more productive and always provide customer satisfaction,” said Jim Walker, CEO, CFI. “We invite installers from all over to register and be a part of the first group to be certified at Surfaces 2013.” Continue reading SURFACES and CFI offer certification at 2013 show

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CFI and CCA Global Partners hold workshop in Hawaii

Certified Floorcovering Installers (CFI), in partnership with CCA Global Partners (CCA), presented a carpet installation workshop in Honolulu earlier this month. American Carpet One Floor and Home hosted the two-day event during the first week of October. Continue reading CFI and CCA Global Partners hold workshop in Hawaii