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 […]

Education for retailers

Take advantage of product knowledge classes THE PARAMOUNT AREA OF CONCERN for the CFCRA continues to be the education of flooring professionals. We want to offer something for all the various departments of flooring companies — salespeople, installers and maintenance personnel. The association also wants to be a resource to our industry in providing information. […]

On-target training

The CFCRA recently sponsored two hard-surface inspection courses that are eligible for certifications from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning Restoration Certification (IICRC) at the revitalized Ardex training facility in Mississauga, Ont. By Lee Senter The first course was the Introductory to Substrate and Subfloor Inspection and was taught by IICRC approved instructor Paul Pleshek. We […]

The new CFCRA

The CFCRA has a new board of directors and with the change we have developed a new focus. Our revised mission statement and vision statement guide us to our goal, which is “to engage, inspire and strengthen our related industries through services, best practices and events. To make available floorcovering information, such as cleaning and […]

ROM dinosaurs roam TTMAC’s social night

At its annual members’ social night, the Terrazzo, Tile & Marble Association of Canada (TTMAC) of Concord, Ont., over 150 participated in an evening of networking at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto, Ont. According to Violeta Ivanescu, TTMAC operations manager, the association represents 279 companies across Canada, while the event is held at […]