The Board of Directors of the International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI) has restructured its membership, with an expansion of the associate-level membership to include non-CFI Certified individuals. Additionally, the Board announced the creation of a nonprofit membership tier and a reduction in membership fees to encourage wider participation across the industry.
“Since our inception in 1993, the membership aspect of CFI has been the foundation of our organization,” stated Robert Varden, CFI’s executive director. “It’s a place for passionate professionals who share common goals and challenges to unite and gain knowledge, learn best practices, establish friendships, and grow both professionally and personally.”
He added, “This new membership level is an important vehicle for us to expand our reach and make our programs more accessible to young professionals and welcome them into our family. Our work of elevating the trade by creating more knowledgeable, professional and skilled craftsmen is so important in shaping the future of our industry.”
Effective immediately, the restructured membership includes three levels: Certified member, Associate member, and Partner member.
A Certified member is any individual installer who has achieved a minimum of one level of approved certification. Annual membership fees have been reduced from $120 to $65.
Associate membership includes any individual or company involved with the flooring industry—including installers who are not CFI Certified as well as manufacturers, flooring contractors, workrooms, distributors, retailers, sales associates, architect and design professionals, inspectors, general contractors and other professionals.
This new tier provides individuals at the early stage of their careers with the guidance, resources and support from the most recognized training and certification platform in the industry, according to Varden.
Membership is $65 per year and members receive access to a technical assistance helpline and the online CFI store; discount vouchers; industry networking at the Annual Convention; and information-packed content including the quarterly magazine Flooring Specialist, newsletters, emails and social media.
A Partner member includes an industry association, school or organization that supports professional floorcovering installation whose values, objectives, and strategic initiatives align with CFI.
Details on how to join CFI, as well as descriptions of member benefits, are available at www.cfiinstallers.org/membership.