Advanced Flooring Technology (AFT) has announced the addition of its first Woven Natural Fiber Certification class to be held at its Wichita, Kansas facility, August 13-15. This class will cover training in Axminster, Wilton, velvets, hand woven, custom, and even flat weaves. Students will receive a certification upon successful completion of the class.

Students will learn to identify different woven and natural fiber materials, as well as their manufacturing processes. During hands-on training, instructors will guide students through seam cutting and prep, hand sewing techniques and stitches, sisal and seagrass construction techniques, flat weave identification, construction, and seam prep; different stretching properties, double stick installation methods, Kool Glide double stick seaming, custom staircase runner fabrication, drum step stair fabrication and installation, and many other important skills.

Robert Varden, owner of AFT, observed that AFT has been training on these types of products more and more in recent years. “It seems that regardless of where the economy is that customers buying these types of products are still buying," he said. "We have had numerous requests to grow this category of training, so it only makes sense to develop a strong master’s program for training, identifying and certifying professionals that can properly install these types of products. It’s a win-win for everyone. The consumer who is guaranteed an installer that is certified to install their product, a retailer who now has the confidence in their installer to install the product correctly, and the manufacturer who will be able to sell more of these products and know they are being installed properly. We have some of the best trainers in the business when it comes to Woven Natural Fiber. We’re very excited to be offering such a high-level program.”

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