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WFCA sets 2014 installation training dates

Feb. 17/24 2014, Volume 27/number 21

Anaheim, Calif.—Following a successful launch in Chicago in mid-January, the remaining five 2014 installation training courses sponsored by the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) and taught by the International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI) have been secured.

“The Chicago event was so well received, WFCA affiliates and member companies clamored to secure one of the five remaining seminars,” said Scott Humphrey, WFCA’s CEO. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the response to our program with CFI. People came from all corners of the country to attend our most recent course and I have no doubt response will be just as favorable for the remaining classes on the schedule.”

Screen Shot 2014-02-24 at 5.42.18 PMThe 2014 schedule is as follows: March 4-7, Baltimore, hosted by the Maryland Northern Virginia Floor Covering Association at Fishman Solutions; March 18-21, Wichita, Kan., hosted by Star Flooring and Design; April 8-11, Atlanta; May 13-16,          Seattle, hosted by the Northwest Flooring Association, and June 3-6, Los Angeles.

“The workshops provide the opportunity for training and CFI certification in carpet, ceramic, resilient, laminate and wood flooring surfaces,” said Jim Walker, CFI’s CEO. “Installers who successfully complete the two days of training receive CFI certification, decals and a certificate. As trainers, we’re witnessing tremendous enthusiasm by installers for the program. It’s definitely making a difference.”

In order to qualify for this training and CFI certification, installers must have completed at least two years of active installation work. The standard program fee for the certification training is $495. As an incentive for WFCA members, association sponsorship of the program reduces their rate to $295. In addition, members may be eligible for greater discounts through the WFCA Scholarship Fund.

Space in the installer program is limited, so interested individuals and companies are encouraged to sign up soon. WFCA membership is required to receive discounts.

For more, call 816.231.4646 or visit wfca-pro.org or CFIinstallers.com.

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CFI sets dates for installation demos at Int'l Surfaces Event

Screen Shot 2013-11-27 at 2.50.30 PMKansas City, Mo.—CFI, the International Certified Flooring Installers Association through its partnership with Surfaces has a huge presence at The International Surface Event 2014 for flooring installation training. Continue reading CFI sets dates for installation demos at Int'l Surfaces Event

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CFI to offer certification at Surfaces

Nov. 4/11 2013; Volume 27/number 14

cfi-logoKansas City, Mo.—The International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI) is offering installation certification in the wood/laminate and ceramic categories at Surfaces 2014 in Las Vegas. The two courses will run simultaneously on the show floor’s lower level on Jan. 28 and 29. Continue reading CFI to offer certification at Surfaces

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Flooring associations discuss installation issues

WFCAChicago—The Floor Covering Industry Issues Council (FCIIC) focused on installation issues at its fall meeting here recently.
Leaders of flooring industry trade associations convened to share information on an array of topics and explore opportunities to partner on initiatives that create value for their members and the overall flooring industry.

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WFCA teams with CFI to sponsor installation workshops

Six regional training programs slated for 2014

Oc. 21/28 2013; Volume 27/number 13

Screen Shot 2013-10-25 at 4.24.31 PMAnaheim, Calif.—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), has launched the first nationwide flooring installation training showcase which will be overseen and taught by the Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI). The collaboration was born out of the WFCA’s long-standing relationship with CFI dating back to 1998.

As part of the coordinated effort, the WFCA will sponsor six regional training programs offering complete installation coursework on every category of flooring. The CFI team of 80-plus trainers, comprised of some of the most knowledgeable trainers in the industry, will provide the instruction. Continue reading WFCA teams with CFI to sponsor installation workshops

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WFCA, CFI partner in training programs

WFCAAnaheim, Calif.—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) said it has launched the first nationwide flooring installation-training showcase underwritten by WFCA and overseen and taught by the Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI). Continue reading WFCA, CFI partner in training programs

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CFI, Surfaces set dates for installation training, certification

cfi_logoKansas City, Mo.—Surfaces and CFI, through a partnership to provide installation training for flooring installers, are offering the opportunity to earn certification in wood, laminate and ceramic flooring installation at Surfaces 2014. At the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, the CFI team of instructors will present two courses to run simultaneously on the showroom floor on the lower level on Jan. 28 and Jan. 29. Continue reading CFI, Surfaces set dates for installation training, certification

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CFI celebrates 20 years of achievements

Annual summit confirms group’s growth, strength

September 2/9 2013; Volume 27/number 10

Screen Shot 2013-09-09 at 3.00.12 PMBaltimore—As hundreds gathered here recently for the annual convention of the International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI), there was no doubt a special feeling in the air. This year’s event was not just another CFI convention featuring educational sessions, hands-on seminars, networking and new products. Continue reading CFI celebrates 20 years of achievements

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Personna kicks off CFI Educational Endowment Fund

In celebration of CFI’s twenty years of serving the industry as the most well known installation training group in the world, “we enthusiastically announce the launch of The CFI Educational Endowment Fund,” said Robert Varden, CFI executive director.  “Personna has taken the lead as the first sponsor of this endeavor to increase installation training programs and make them more affordable for the installation network.” Continue reading Personna kicks off CFI Educational Endowment Fund

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Al's column

by FCNews staff

JAPAN DISASTER: Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the citizens of Japan following the horrendous devastation imposed on the country from the triple whammy earthquake, tsunami and nuclear incident. While many companies in the flooring industry have nobly stepped up with donations, such as the $1 million in cash plus various home supplies like bath tissue given by Invista’s parent Koch Industries, some may wonder how the situation affects the domestic flooring industry. In Koch’s case, Invista, maker of Stainmaster and Antron fibers, has offices in Tokyo and Osaka. It also has a fiber-production venture in Shiga. All told, 75 employees and their families make their home in Japan and, thankfully, all were accounted for. Continue reading Al's column