Robert Varden, Vice President, CFI, has announced that the organization’s recently launched floor installation training school is honoring its 5th graduating class.
The CFI Institute offers accelerated training and professional certification to individuals seeking to learn how to install all types of flooring. Graduates of the most recent residential carpet installation class came from across the United States, from the Pacific Northwest to the Midwest, New England, and the Southeast.
“We created our school and launched the very first accelerated carpet installation training course as part of our commitment to tackle the installation problem that touches everyone in our industry,” said Varden. “Together with WFCA and our many supportive partners, we are working continuously to put an end to a problem that affects everyone.” Varden said that Institute courses have filled quickly since word of the new school began to spread. “Students are coming from far and wide – we have even taken the training overseas with much success,” he added. “The industry has embraced our joint initiative with the WFCA and we are demonstrating that when we work together we can accomplish amazing things.”
Through the proprietary class, CFI can take individuals with no prior experience or knowledge in flooring and, after an intensive five-week course, turn out certified residential carpet installers capable of completing a highly professional job in a standard 3-bedroom home.
“I wanted to move up in my company and I knew I needed CFI Certification and Training to do so,” said Evan Strang from Martinez, GA. “I drove 26-hours to take advantage of the opportunity to further my career.”
“The CFI 5-week training class was way more than I expected,” said Austin Couch from Wilmot, NH. “The first two weeks was an insane amount of information and the best part was the jobsite experience to back it up. On the job, you feel like you’re doing what you’ll be doing on a daily basis. In addition to all the hands-on practice, I learned a lot about how to communicate with the customer.”
“The CFI instructors were very professional, very knowledgeable, and very well-informed,” said Jeremiah Jolliff from Mt. Vernon, IL. “Prior to taking the class I had been installing for a year and a half and I can’t believe all the new skills I learned – the biggest one being how to stretch properly. It completely changed the way I install.”
The next accelerated carpet installation class begins at the CFI school in Forney, TX this month. In addition to the accelerated carpet class, the school also offers long- and short-term training programs in every flooring product category for students at all levels. For more information or to register for the new carpet installation class or another program visit: http://www.cfiinstallers.org/school.html.
The International Certified Floorcovering Installers Association, Inc. (CFI) is a division of the WFCA that is devoted to installation training and certification through a team of dedicated trainers who share their experience and knowledge to help others help themselves. The enthusiasm for doing this continues to grow.
CFI provides educational resources for the industry through inspection, installation, estimating, product knowledge, and patterned and woven carpet, hardwood, ceramic, laminate and resilient flooring training. CFI provides teams of skilled craftsmen to assist when called upon for installations by dealers and manufacturers.