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CFI partners with Beaulieu do Brasil to bring installation training overseas

CFIForney, Texas—An international CFI training seminar commissioned by Beaulieu do Brasil was successfully completed in Ponta Grossa, Brazil, according to Robert Varden, vice president, CFI. The seminar took place May 9-18.

Varden and Efren Llamas, Jr., CFI trainer, traveled to Brazil to meet with Marc Vancamelbeke, industrial director, Beaulieu do Brasil. Together they provided training for 39 installation professionals who came from all regions of Brazil to learn high-end patterned carpet and resilient installation techniques. The training featured the partnership of Mapei Brasil, which provided product throughout the class.

“Through our talented staff and dedicated partners, we are able to take our expert-led CFI training courses on the road or overseas almost seamlessly, as the need arises,” Varden said. “In addition to our South American training we are also scheduled to take our courses to China in 2018 and our South African chapter, FITA, continues to add CFI training and certification to their installation programs on an ongoing basis.”

CFI has been Beaulieu do Brasil’s go-to source for installation training, explained Vancamelbeke. “They are true professionals who understand the nuances and varying details in every market wherever they do business – domestically and internationally. Our students in Brazil were thrilled with the results and have been busy applying their new skills on jobs throughout the country.”

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Tarkett, Ardex form training partnership

Solon, Ohio—Tarkett has partnered with Ardex to host systems training for flooring installers. The two-day training sessions will cover relevant topics including: substrate preparation, moisture control, self-leveling and patching materials for resilient floor installation.

“We are excited to partner with Ardex to offer this training,” said Richard Schmidt, technical specialist for Tarkett North America. “Our investment in training courses such as these demonstrates our lasting commitment to supporting our installation partners.”

The dates and locations for the training sessions are as follows:

The course is free and includes hotel, meals and round-trip transportation the airport. Space is limited to 25 participants per session. For more information or questions regarding training registration, contact Pam Barrett at


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WFCA, CFI announce installation-training sessions

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 1.48.57 PMAnaheim, Calif. – The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), along with the International Certified Floorcovering Installers Association (CFI) announced an extensive lineup of installation training courses spanning across the country and covering every flooring surface as well as estimating and inspection workshops.

The scheduled programs, which include a broad line-up slated for the next Surfaces show, begin in early November and continue through 2015.

Individuals can visit for a calendar of scheduled courses. New dates will be added on a continuous basis. To date, fall and winter classes and sponsors include:

  • Davenport, Iowa Nov 4-5 – Resilient                           Carpetland USA
    • Davenport, Iowa Nov 6-7 – Carpet                   Carpetland USA
  • Pomona, Calif. Nov 18-19 – Wood/Laminate            TRAXX
    • Pomona, Calif. Nov 20-21 – Carpet                  TRAXX
    • Nashville, Tenn. November TBD – 2 surfaces   Nashville CFI Chapter
    • Sacramento, Calif. 4-5 – Wood/Laminate    Sacramento Floor Covering
    • Sacramento, Calif. 6-7 – Carpet                        Sacramento Floor Covering
  • Fond de Lac, Wis. December TBD – 2 surfaces         Twohig’s Carpet One
    • Birmingham, Ala. 2-3 – Wood/Laminate     Wheat’s Carpet One
    • Birmingham, Ala. 4-5 – Carpet                        Wheat’s Carpet One
    • Boston                         9-10 – Carpet                   The Carpet Workroom
      • Charlotte, NC 9-10 – Carpet                   Watson’s Carpet
  • Oklahoma City January TBD – 2 surfaces                    Star Flooring
  • Cincinnati             January TBD – 2 surfaces               Certified Flooring Installers
  • Las Vegas             January TBD – Resilient                  TISE (Surfaces West)
  • Las Vegas             January TBD –                                    TISE (Surfaces West)

(Woven and Patterned Carpet Workshop)

  • Omaha, Neb.             First quarter 2014- 4 surfaces Nebraska Floor Covering
  • Fort Wayne, Ind. April TBD – Carpet Cushion & Supplies CFI Master-II Certified

WFCA members receive a $200 discount for each installer that participates in a class. In addition, if funds are available and requested at least 30 days prior to the event, WFCA will pay 50% of the registration fee up to $500. Applications are available online at or by contacting the CFI National Office at (816) 231.4646. CFI staff will assist with the WFCA registration requirements.  Interested parties can also visit for more details or call WFCA at (800) 624.6880.

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WFCA training workshop set for Wichita

Screen Shot 2014-03-12 at 1.43.20 PMAnaheim, Calif. -– The World Floorcovering Association’s (WFCA) third weeklong installation-training workshop will take place in Wichita, Kan., beginning March 18.

WFCA Gold Standard Award winner, Star Flooring, will host the event. 

Installation training and certification in carpet and resilient will be conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday that week. 

On those same days, carpet inspection and the Installation Knowledge Workshop will also take place. Ceramic and laminate/wood will take place on Thursday and Friday. 

Additional upcoming 2014 installation workshops include:
 April 8-11, Doraville, Ga.; 
May 13-16, Seattle, hosted by the Northwest Flooring Association at Great Floors;
 June 3-6, Pomona, Calif., hosted by TRAXX Corporation.

WFCA members receive a $200 discount for each installer that participates. In addition, if funds are available and requested at least 30 days prior to the event, WFCA will pay 50% of the registration fee up to $500.

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WFCA-CFI training adds California dates

Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 9.28.36 AMAnaheim, Calif. – The World Floor Covering Association’s (WFCA) sponsorship of the CFI Installation Workshops will include a stop in the Los Angeles suburb of Pomona June 3-6.

A resilient, ceramic and installation and inspection workshop is scheduled for June 3-4, followed by carpet, laminate and wood training sessions June 5 and 6.

In order to qualify for this training and CFI certification, installers must have completed at least two years of active installation work. Standard program fees for the certification training are $495. As an incentive for WFCA members, association sponsorship of the program reduces their rate to $295. Space in the installer program is limited so interested individuals and companies are encouraged to sign up soon. WFCA membership is required to receive the discounts.

For more information, contact Freida Staten, vice president of recruitment and affiliate relations, at, 855.330.1183.

Installation Schedule:



Wichita, Kan.        March 18-21 (all surfaces)

Atlanta                 April 8-11 (all surfaces)

Racine, Wis.         May 1-2 (residential and commercial resilient)

Seattle                 May 6-9 (all surfaces)

Pomona, Calif.     June 3-4 (resilient, ceramic); June 5-6 (carpet, laminate, wood)

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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