The Installer Week of Training hosted by ProSource of Milwaukee is set be the largest event of this type in the nation. The number of installers registered to attend the Installer Week exceeds the 115 that attended last year.  

The Installer Week of Training will be held Jan. 17-22 at Kern’s Carpet One in Milwaukee, Wis., 7388 W. Florist Avenue  Milwaukee, WI 53218. The week-long event will include an inspection course, a patterned carpet workshop, a laminate and wood course, and CFI carpet training and certification.

On Tuesday, Jan. 18, a variety of vendors will present seminars and promote new tools and supplies. The event is open to everyone. To register, contact Jeff Bernstein at (414) 358-1925. You can also register online at

The DUO-FAST sponsored CFI Laminate and Wood Workshop is filled to capacity with 10 installers taking advantage of the $125 Duo-Fast sponsorship.  Every installer used the educational scholarships provided by the World Floor Covering Association; a leader in installation training.  Bob Gillespie, Tony Buckhardt, Tim Provence and Jim Walker represent the installation team for this event.  This event is scheduled for Jan. 19-20, 2011.  There will be an abundance of educational seminars, door prizes and opportunities to be on the cutting edge of the latest information in the flooring industry.  CFI Milwaukee is very involved in the coordination of the events.

The CFI CARPET Installation Training and Certification Workshop will be held on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 21-22.  Over 25 are registered to date, with three traveling from the state of Washington and several other locations outside of Milwaukee.  

Installer Day 2011 Presentation Summaries

January 18, 2011; Keynote Speaker: Jim Walker, CEO, CFI: Why Certifications? Producing High Quality Installations That Grow Your Reputation and Your Business! (Opening Morning Session)

Improving Your Professionalism and ‘Selling’ Yourself (Opening Afternoon Session)

The Jet-Tac Solution for Installation on Concrete (Rita Bockrath & Gary Schwebemeyer, Duo-Fast Floor Fastening Systems) - Demonstration of a fast setting, strong adhesive solutions for installations on concrete; demonstrations of wood, ceramic, metal, vinyl and rubber installations on concrete. Attending installers will receive a free cartridge of Jet-Tac. 

Air Step Sheet Vinyl Installation Training  (Joe Cea, Congoleum & All Tile Inc) - Choosing the correct installation method including the only unlimited loose lay option; Installation demonstrations of each method.  

Avaire Tile Floating Floor System (Joe Fuller, Avaire & Herregan) - Installation demonstrations of Avaire floating tile; how this system provides more job opportunities for non-tile installers.  

Hydroment Ceramic Tile Installation Products (Kirk Grossnickle, Bostik & Jaeckle) - Floor preparation products; waterproofing and crack isolation products; various types of thinsets and mortars;various types of grouts; mastics. 

Installation of Patterned Woven Carpet (Zevi Kozohar of Kane Carpet & Robert Varden, CFI) - Understanding the unique characteristics of woven carpet vs. machine tufted broadloom; demonstrating the installation of woven carpet including seaming and trimming. 

Quality Tile & Manufactured Stone Installation (Kip Lewald & Ryan Christianson, Daltile) - Thinsets- proper installation techniques, coverage and applications; Grouts- proper installation, clean-up, stain protection and sealing options; Waterproofing- different options (roll-on membranes or peel and stick); Tvis- the thinset and grout system for installing manufactured stone. 

Installation & Repair Glass Backed Vinyl and Floating LVT Planks (Tim Provence, Armstrong) - Demonstrations of installations and repairs of both products types with the use of the latest adhesives. 

New Fast Setting Adhesive System for Tack & Transition Strips  (Blake Steffy, PAM Fastening Technology) - See demonstrations of this new fast setting adhesive system- save time and money using this system. 

The CFI –Duo-Fast Laminate and Wood workshops with openings as of this date are:          

Feb. 8-9; Omaha, NE;  hosted by Hank’s Specialties           

Feb. 25-26; Kent, WA; hosted by T&A Supply           

March 11-12; Kansas City, MO; hosted by Carpet Cushions and Supplies           

March 18-19; Baltimore, MD; hosted by L. Fishman

The first 10 registrations attend for only $125 with a sponsorship by Duo-Fast and the World Floor Covering Association scholarship.  For more details, visit the www.CFIinstallers.comor contact CFI at (816) 231-4646.   Watch for more exciting events from Duo-Fast and CFI in 2011.