Right spec; right process

Making specifications current and meaningful NFCA had the opportunity to speak to the Ottawa chapter of Construction Specifications of Canada (CSC) on March 20 — an important audience for our industry considering the role CSC plays in delivering written instructions that drive pricing, schedule, conditions and actions on-site. The audience included the full range of […]

New partnerships

Alliances promote education and value We may not have been able to bridge our connections in Canada completely yet, but the CFCRA has been making great inroads with many other organizations locally and around the world. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning Restoration Certification, also known as the IICRC, has been asked to team up with […]

A bumpy ride

The sub-floor rollercoaster Sub-floor preparation, and, in particular, leveling work, has always been a source of contention between the flooring contractor and construction manager. The issue of who will perform the work and who will pay for it bears down during late-stage construction when flooring comes onto the scheduling radar. At that point, there is […]

Partners in learning

Groups want to collaborate with CFCRA on education The CFCRA is a shareholder of the ANSI Standard-producer, Institute of Inspection Cleaning Restoration Certification (IICRC). The largest association in the world for cleaning is the ISSA — the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association. The ISSA recently took over the management of the CSSA in Canada. This is […]

CFI classes

Front-and-centre training opportunity The CFCRA has made a significant investment to be able to host the International Certified Installers classes in Canada. This investment is one that we hope will offer the opportunity for all installers to be able to attend a flooring installation certification class without having to break the bank. Before we started […]

Up-and-running

Does this scenario sound familiar? The floor covering contractor is complaining about poor site conditions, the confusion around who is responsible for what on site and having to fight for legitimate extras. Meanwhile, the construction manager is complaining about flooring contractors rejecting slabs and consultants issuing boilerplate specs. Building owners are caught in the middle, […]

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 […]