Looking ahead

Thoughts on the future of our industry I was at the annual instructor meetings of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, Restoration Certification (IICRC) at the end of September and could not help but think about the future of maintaining flooring products. After all, the new products being made, the manner in which they are made […]

Training for all

Opportunities you cannot afford to miss I was performing a carpet inspection at an apartment building last month and met an old-timer in the flooring industry. He watched everything I was doing and commented that he had taken an inspection class previously and politely inquired about some of the tools I was using. After some […]

Cooperation equals effectiveness

Industry associations need to work together The CFCRA recently held the first International Certified Flooring Installer Association (CFI) classes in Canada in April. We held three classes: Carpet Installation, Resilient Installation and Hardwood and Laminate Installation. We certified 40 registrants and the feedback received for the classes was generally very good. These classes would not […]

Certified flooring installations are here

With very little fanfare, the International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI) classes were held here in Canada for the first time on a public level at Ardex in Mississauga. The CFCRA’s underlying purpose lies in our mission statement where we say we want “To engage, inspire and strengthen our related industries through services, best practices […]

CFCRA is now CFI Canada, too

The CFCRA has signed a contract with the International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI) to hold their classes in Canada. This is part of the international expansion of the CFI where they have not only expanded into Canada, but into China as well. This launch of the CFI in Canada fills a large void in […]

Train for certification

CFCRA brings CFI classes to Canada By Lee Senter The CFCRA is now authorized and accredited by the International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI) to offer their flooring certification classes in Canada. The CFI is an organization of flooring professionals whose purpose is to identify, train and certify flooring installers according to skill and knowledge, and to provide the Industry with […]

New handbook for tile industry

Update on standards, test methods By Dale Kempster Over the last few years there has been a lot of work conducted by various tile associations. This work has resulted in new standards, revisions and a new handbook that you should be aware of. There have been a lot of developments, making it an exciting time to be in the tile […]

Installation training

Exciting opportunities are in the works My last column discussed the industry shortage of experienced and skilled flooring installers. It also discussed how the young people are not flocking to the industry. The reaction from the Coverings readers was both supportive and encouraging. The number of people who reached out to me from all over […]

Competence comes with certification

Over the past year, the number-one problem I hear about time and again in our industry is about the shortage of competent flooring installers. It does not matter if we are talking about carpet, hardwood, laminate or vinyl planks. The second most common worry in our industry is that our installers are getting older and […]

Manufacturers latest industry segment to get involved

One of the long- term goals of our association is to be a voice for our industry. We would love to have government, industry, architects and specifiers trust us to be a resource for information on flooring products, how to install these same products and of course how to maintain them. This goal cannot be […]