Train for certification

CFCRA brings CFI classes to Canada
By Lee Senter
Lee Senter, CFCRA president

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 educational programs that enhance the ultimate goal of customer satisfaction.

The CFI has a wide range of classes. The association offers many flooring installation certifications and its certification carries with it the attitude and philosophy represented by the acronym PRIDE: Professionalism, Responsibility, Integrity, Dependability and Education.

The CFCRA has planned the first classes starting the week of February 26 and 27, with the Introduction to Substrate and Subfloors that will be eligible for either the CFI certification or the IICRC certification. This class will be presented by Paul Pleshek and Seth Pavarnik, both accredited instructors from the Neenah, Wisc.-based National Association of Floor Covering Training (NAFCT). This will be followed by a resilient floor installation class for CFI certification. The following week will be residential and commercial carpet installation taught by three CFCRA members followed by a hardwood/laminate installation class held by Drew Kern. All these classes will be two days long.

We will be making every attempt to team up with the regional associations to enable them to hold these same classes for their members in their own region so that travel and time can be kept to a minimum.

In Ontario, we have confirmed that there are government grants available to cover the costs of these classes.

Our hope is to offer much needed floorcovering installation education and tricks of the trade that just does not seem to be available to the average installer. We do want to ignore that there are still the INSTALL flooring installation programs available through the carpenters’ union.

More good news for the industry. We attended IIDEX and at the show ran across Viking Recycling, a company that is looking for carpet to recycle. The lack of easy access to recycled carpet removed from sites has been a major problem for many retailers and distributors, so we plan on helping improve the accessibility to recycle product and plan to facilitate this issue.

Our association’s executive director, Sharon Fenton, and our newest director, Jack Pilcher, spent their time at IIDEX pushing the flooring industry’s trade association by offering handouts and listening to the concerns of the decorators and specifiers walking the show. The most common concern was lack of installers and lack of easy access to installation classes. This comes as no surprise.

We are pleased to announce that Shaw Industries will be back in Canada with their Total Care Solutions program in Ottawa on Feb. 22 and in Montreal on Feb. 23. This program is aimed at both service providers and property managers. We hope that everybody helps spread the word.

On another note, I would like to commend the B.C. Flooring Covering Association’s work on the updating of the NFCA Floor Covering Reference Manual. We are hoping that this manual becomes the standard of the day in Canada and encourage everybody to help the association in the updating and development of the manual.

Surfaces, the largest trade show of the flooring industry in North America, is fast approaching. I am hoping everybody attending the show will make an effort to meet at Canada Night at the show. It’s time to further the efforts made by Coverings magazine, the CFCRA, the NFCA, the flooring manufacturers and distributors and all the regional trade associations to get closer together and pool our resources for the betterment of the flooring industry.

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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