Recognition and training

Past President of FIO/NFCA to be honoured
Lee Senter, CFCRA president

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 an association pushing forward a national quality assurance program.

One of the reasons both associations exist today and survived through the turbulent times is because of the leadership of their former president Paul Skeels.

Paul Skeels

The CFCRA is going to present the Jim Darling Award to Paul on November 25, 2019. This event is a wonderful night out where the CFCRA, as an IICRC Shareholder, reports to its members the status of the IICRC and the CFCRA, and reports on the upcoming classes and seminars planned for the following year. There will be great food and music and more importantly than all of that is the camaraderie with all our fellow members both past and present. Please go to our website to register for the event.

The CFCRA is excited to be planning on holding the new IICRC Resilient Floor Maintenance Technician (RFMT) class. This class is the first IICRC class to be put together by the resilient floor manufacturers. It has taken a couple of long, hard years of work but it is ready. We have also been talking with the legendary Paul Pearce to come share his wisdom on how to clean specialty carpet such as viscose, tencel and silk. Both classes will be in March.

The big property management show, PM Expo, is coming up soon and I see that NFCA is making a presentation on the quality assurance program. I look forward to it. Construct Canada and the concrete show are being held at the same time. The CFCRA has passes to this and the ISSA show in Las Vegas. We will be circulating at these shows looking for allies in the cause of pushing certifications for flooring installers and specialty maintenance procedures of both hard and soft surfaces.

The manner in which floors are being manufactured is changing frequently. As a result of these changes, the installation guidelines change as well. As a flooring inspector I must say that the industry is in a near crisis situation. Lets make the tasks of concrete moisture testing and levelling substrate common knowledge in this industry. We must get the word out that education is available.

For the third year in a row the CFCRA will be holding the Certified Flooring Installation (CFI) classes in Toronto. We will be holding the basic classes to start in the two weeks starting Feb 3, 2020. The classes will include: carpet installation, wood and laminate installation, resilient installation and substrate/subfloor preparation. If all goes well we will consider holding advanced classes in early spring.

Lastly, I want to reach out one more time to the flooring manufacturers, distributors, large wholesalers and dealers to put some investment into training of our installers. I have yet to see anyone who attended these classes who did not walk out saying that they learned a lot. We hope to finally certify our first Canadian instructor for CFI. But we need more. If you would like to get involved, please email me at [email protected].

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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