CFI classes

Lee Senter, CFCRA president

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 to host these classes, a candidate would have to travel abroad, pay travel, hotel, expenses, on top of the course tuition and be off work for a few days .

The initial classes held last year were well attended but had a few hiccups. We hope to have worked through these growing pains. The first thing we did was review the power points, study guides, manuals and exams for inconsistencies with Canadian terminology, standards and laws. Most of the changes we made had to do with health and safety regulations. The next thing we did was ensure that our instructor candidates had the potential to meet the CRI criteria. Lastly, we wanted to set our class schedules so that class registrants could take multiple classes at the same time of year when the flooring sales industry may be a bit slower.

Our class schedule consists of Carpet Installation, Substrate and Subfloor Introduction, Wood and Laminate Installation and Resilient Installation. All four classes will be held the first full two weeks in February and again on the first two full weeks of March. We are offering our members a special deal — buy two classes and get one free. The classes could be spread over the two class sessions. This means that for the price of the association’s membership fee, you can get a discounted class.

The instructors for the CFI certification classes are some of the top industry trainers. The reviews from the last classes were all full of praise. I hope the retailers use this opportunity to train their installers and promote the use of certified installers as a value-added service and promote this as a reason to use them as their flooring dealer. I want to remind any Carpet One store or affiliate that further rebates are available through CCA.

On another front, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning Restoration Certification (IICRC) has been working with the continent’s top resilient floor manufacturers to develop a new Resilient Floor Maintenance Technician (RFMT) class. The manual that has been created by the technical advisory committee of the RFMT has the approval of the manufacturers. It will be the first common knowledge manual at IICRC. The class will be put out for beta testing in Dalton, Ga., at the Flooring Guild Conference, at the Global Resource Center in Las Vegas and hopefully the third class will be in Toronto on March 25-26, 2019.

The CFCRA is a shareholder of the IICRC and at the last shareholder’s meeting a new shareholder member was voted in and allowed to buy stock. The new shareholder member is the ISSA — the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association. ISSA recently took over the management of the CSSA in Canada. The CSSA now operates under the name of ISSA Canada. Their main guy is Mike Nosko. He and I are very excited on collaborating on some educational events (and who knows maybe a trade show!). We are waiting on the outcomes of some upper tier talks and hopefully afterwards we can reach for the sky.

The CFCRA is organizing a once-in-a-decade program with the Woolsafe organization to bring Paul Pearce to Canada to perform a specialty carpet and rug cleaning class. This would discuss and perform hands-on cleaning on the materials most cleaners are scared to touch — bamboo, tencel, viscose and thick natural fiber backed wovens. A date for this seminar will be announced this coming January.

The CFCRA is actively looking for manufacturers and retailers to become more involved with the association. If you have an hour or two a week to spare and you want to have a chance to make a difference in our industry, then please reach out to us at bod@cfcra.ca.

The Canadian Flooring Cleaning and Restoration Association (CFCRA) was preceded by the Flooring Institute of Ontario (FIO), a not-for-profit organization which proudly served the needs of flooring industry professionals in Ontario since 1962.

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