International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI) continues to expand its presence in Canada according to Robert Varden, Vice President, CFI. Opening in April of this year, the new free-standing facility, located in Toronto, Ontario, will be overseen by James Lee Senter, President, Canadian Flooring, Cleaning & Restoration (CFCRA) and Sharon Fenton, Executive Director, Canadian Flooring, Cleaning & Restoration Association (CFCRA).
Fenton and Senter will oversee membership and training for the eastern region of Canada out of the new facility. The grand opening will include an introduction to four new CFI installation courses including: Moisture and Substrate Floor Preparation, Residential-I Installation Training and Certification, Hardwood-I/Laminate-I Installation Training and Certification and Resilient-I Residential Training and Certification.
“The CFCRA is very proud to be a partner with CFI in Canada,” said Senter. He continued, “We believe that opening a CFI division in eastern Canada will benefit everyone including the flooring manufactures, their retailers, the flooring installers and most of all the consumers.”
In addition to the introductory class line-up, the Canadian outpost will be offering a full slate of CFI classes in all categories of flooring. Coursework will include Carpet, Ceramic Tile, Resilient and Hardwood/Laminate. All classes will be taught by certified CFI instructors who were trained by Lead CFI instructors based in the United States.
Varden has stated in the past that the critical shortage of trained installers extends well beyond the United States and affirmed CFI’s commitment to addressing the problem everywhere that it exists. “We are very excited about the opportunity, not only to work with and train new students all over North America, but to also continue to expand CFI’s presence throughout the world.”
For more information on CFI’s new eastern Canadian office, please visit www.cfiinstallers.org, or call (905) 822-2280.