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Certified Floorcovering Installers Association goes global

Forney, Texas—Certified Floorcovering Installers Association (CFI) has expanded its presence in China, according to Robert Varden, vice president. Negotiations to establish a CFI satellite operation in Shanghai have been underway since last summer. “A year’s worth of planning, negotiating and research has culminated in a partnership with the Shanghai Chemical Building Materials Trade Association (SCBMTA),” Varden said. “Our new arrangement in China represents CFI’s first free-standing overseas operation.” The new

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INSTALL sees continued growth in Southern U.S.

Glassboro, N.J.—INSTALL has recently set a goal of establishing at least six new Southern INSTALL contractors in 2018. Southern expansion has been a key initiative for the organization since 2016. As INSTALL continues to increase its presence in key markets across the country, it will maintain its focus on council-to-council and contractor support. This relationship provides contractors with the opportunity to enter viable construction markets and establish new offices, allowing

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    CFI ‘steps up its game’ as installation issues linger

CFI ‘steps up its game’ as installation issues linger

August 28/September 4: Volume 32, Issue 6 By Ken Ryan   Orlando, Fla.—After two years at a Courtyard Marriott in Grapevine, Texas, the Certified Flooring Installers (CFI) moved its annual convention to the expansive Rosen Shingle Creek, an opulent 255-acre, AAA Four Diamond resort with 500,000 square feet of meeting/ event space. The change in venue was no accident. “It was time to step up our game,” Robert Varden, vice

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    Department of Veteran Affairs adopts INSTALL certification standards

Department of Veteran Affairs adopts INSTALL certification standards

By John T. McGrath Jr. The International Standards and Training Alliance (INSTALL) has strengthened its partnership with the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The goal is to ensure floor covering is specified and installed in a way that minimizes product failures in VA facilities across the U.S. The VA actively strives for the highest level of construction and installation standards across its thousands of facilities. From the foundation to

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CCA Global Partners acquires Romano Consulting Group

Manchester, N.H—CCA Global Partners has acquired the intellectual property assets of Romano Consulting Group to support the enhanced CCA Consulting department. Romano Consulting group has long been respected in the floor covering and home improvement industry for its ability to help businesses identify and overcome business challenges ranging from organizational structure to merchandising and financial management. This acquisition gives CCA’s consulting program access to proven programs, software and industry expertise.

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    NWFAU reaches 15,000 courses completed

NWFAU reaches 15,000 courses completed

St. Louis, Mo.—Since the National Wood Flooring Association launched its NWFA University a year ago, more than 15,000 online courses have been completed. NWFA University offers a combination of online and hands-on training for wood flooring professionals. “The engagement with our online learning platform has been overwhelming,” said Stephanie Owen, NWFA education and member engagement director. “Having 15,000 courses completed in just one year certainly has exceeded our expectations, but

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NTCA completes first year of apprenticeship program

Flowood, Miss.—The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) has completed the first year of related content for its apprenticeship program. Year one of the two-year online training program is composed of 64 courses that serve as an introduction to the tile industry, beginning with the basics of cutting, mixing and grouting, and moving to surface preparation, underlayment application and other installation processes. With 500 enrollments for the first year of curriculum,

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    CFI honors recent graduates

CFI honors recent graduates

Forney, Texas—CFI’s floor installation training school is honoring its 5th graduating class, according to Robert Varden, vice president. 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

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    RFMS adds implementation team, trainers

RFMS adds implementation team, trainers

Tuscaloosa, Ala.—RFMS, a provider of business management software for the flooring industry, recently re-organized its software implementation department to improve the way new users go live with the program. The company also added Jennifer King to its implementation team, and Jamie Gauen and Cindy Thompson to the RFMS training team. King was a previous RFMS user and brings years of experience not only in the flooring industry but with the

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WFCA University adds to destination training, online offering

Dalton, Ga.–In response to a recent membership drive and member demand, World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) has expanded its University course offerings with extended online training modules and destination camps across the country, according to Freida Staten, vice president marketing and communications. WFCA University is the association’s own professional training program geared exclusively to the needs and interests of members. The professional development tool, which is available as a subscriber

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    INSTALL, Tarkett join MRCC to host ICRA training

INSTALL, Tarkett join MRCC to host ICRA training

Warren, Michigan—Tarkett joined INSTALL professionals and the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights (MRCC) to train contractors and architects in the importance of Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) on construction sites in occupied healthcare facilities. The event, Infection Control Risk Assessment Best Practices for Health Care Construction, brought architects and contractors to the MRCC, where attendees learned how to identify types of preparation required for construction in occupied healthcare

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    CFI Convention promises a plethora of programs

CFI Convention promises a plethora of programs

Forney, Texas—The CFI Convention and Expo is back with a punch this year taking place August 16-18 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla. The three-day educational event, designed for both retailers and installers, will kick off with a welcome reception sponsored by Personna. “We’ve been doing this for nearly a quarter of a century and given the positive feedback and the thousands of industry professionals who return each

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    CFI enters international partnership with FiTA

CFI enters international partnership with FiTA

Dallas—Certified Floorcovering Installers Association (CFI) has partnered with the South African Flooring Industry Training Association (FiTA) to bring ongoing floor covering installation training classes and certification to professionals throughout the country and beyond. Nearly 10 years ago, CFI began working with Belgotex Floorcoverings, a carpet manufacturer based in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa to help establish a formal training program and institute qualification guidelines for professional installers. “At the time we entered

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Shaw Industries named to Training magazine’s Top 125 list for 13th consecutive year

Dalton–As a result of the company’s stellar training and workforce development programs, Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) has been recognized by Training magazine as a “Training Top 125” company for 2017. This recognition marks Shaw’s 13th consecutive year on the list. “We are extremely proud of our strong heritage of offering education and training to help associates and customers unleash greatness and reach their full potential,” stated Danny Crutchfield, Shaw’s

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    Training the workforce of tomorrow

Training the workforce of tomorrow

January 2/9, 2017: Volume 31, Number 15 In this Internet age, successful RSAs need to understand the language of lead generation By Danielle Brooks Today’s retail floor covering salespeople require different competencies and skills compared to 15, 20 or even 30 years ago. While the core fundamentals of selling skills and customer service are still relevant, a change in the way consumers research and shop for floor coverings has forced

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Floor Covering News

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WFCA, ESR Commercial become partners

Dalton, Ga.—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) has developed a new business partnership with ESR Commercial, the country’s largest trade association real estate broker. With more than 35 years of

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Novalis taps Ehrlich as VP of sales, marketing

Toronto, Canada—Novalis Innovative Flooring has tapped industry veteran Steve Ehrlich as vice president of sales and marketing for its North American operations. Ehrlich most recently directed new business activity at Invista

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Crossville unveils 2018 Color Trends look book

Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville has released its 2018 Color Trends look book, forecasting the use of black and rich, shadowy hues in commercial and residential design in the coming year. In addition

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