Training partnerships

CFCRA to try and join forces with others At the time of writing this column the area I live in has been locked down and it’s Thanksgiving weekend. The kids are here from Hamilton and Edmonton. The streets are almost empty, the airplanes and airports are almost empty. Everything is very clean. Is there anything […]

The world is changing

Challenges come in unexpected ways I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY to perform some flooring quotes over the last month. I seem to run into exceptionally nice people who seem to have done some homework on choosing their replacement floor covering. You have to wonder where these seemingly intelligent people are doing their research. I am […]

Generation Z is Generation Zoom

New scene affects all aspects of business The world has not changed much since the last column. There is uncertainty everywhere. Businesses are closing and in many cases are closed forever. Many of the others are still technically open, but are hanging by a thread financially. At my company, we have hired back the few […]

The new age of training and development

I THINK WE HAVE ALL HEARD the statement “it’s a new world” enough that it’s tiring. By Lee Senter The subject of “the new world” certainly stimulates conversation and there are always lots of responses, but exactly what is new out there? What are we going to experience? How will things be different? The reality […]

Associations have role to fill

Practises after pandemic It has always been a bit unusual to write a column six-to-eight weeks in advance and be able to deliver a message that is suitable for the times. You never knew for sure what would happen in the coming weeks, but you could write considering for what will “likely happen.” But the […]

Spring training

Looking forward to courses, conference, new standards The CFCRA is a shareholder of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning Restoration Certification (IICRC). This drives the purpose of holding the association together. We can be privy to the latest information being gathered in the industry and we are creating some leading-edge industry standards. This year, two new […]

Power of associations

Hands-on training, advocacy and more At the CFCRA we are always looking at providing things that others cannot. I hear about the education found on the internet all the time. The comments I hear are, “I saw it on You Tube,” “I googled it,” “it was on a discussion board” or “it was on a […]

Recognition and training

Past President of FIO/NFCA to be honoured The CFCRA is a non-profit organization that used to be known as the Floorcovering Institute of Ontario. The Floorcovering Institute of Ontario was one of a group of associations that were members of the National Floor Covering Association (NFCA). The NFCA has taken on a new life as […]

Installers needed!

State of the industry remains the same I was on the phone with the president of the National Institute of Certified Floorcovering Inspectors (NICFI), Bob Blochinger, recently talking about the state of our industry. Bob is the head of a couple of other industry groups, including the consortium that is investigating the labour market and […]

Testing, training, Texas

Connections fit members to a T Moisture testing of concrete substrates is mandatory for most flooring installations. The manufacturers require it. The industry standards specify it. Yet it is a skill that few flooring installers have. As a matter of fact, most installers do not have the equipment to perform such testing. There are four […]