Armstrong’s Tim Provence teaches seam welding and flash coving during the recent International Certified Floor Covering Installers Association (CFI) Vinyl Certification in Anchorage, Alaska at the Sherwin Williams facility. Photo courtesy CFI.

Training is critical for all segments of the floor covering industry. From training your salespeople and office team, to your installers and other personnel, the systems and business practices are changing at a quick pace. Are you making sure they are continually receiving training opportunities?
Training is now available from your manufacturer and distributor partners, software technology providers and industry associations as well as trade shows/conventions. The topics of training are virtually limitless and are offered online, at your location, on dvd/video or at the location of the selected trainer.
In the floor covering industry, installation methods, technologies and selling techniques are evolving quickly, forcing all segments to continue to hone their skills for success. Don’t forget that your competitors are constantly honing their staffs’ skill set to become the dominant player in your area.
Following is a short list of training schools. A complete list is available on our website:

Training Schools:

Ardex,(888) 512-7339,
Armstrong Wood Installation School,(800) 356-9301 x5376,
Carpet & Rug Institute,(706) 278-3176,
Ceramic Tile Distributors Association,(800) 938-2832,
Ceramic Tile Education Foundation,(864) 222-2131,
Ceramic Tile Institute of America,(310) 574-7800,
Ceramic Tiles of Italy,(212) 661-0435,
Flexco,(800) 633-3151,
Floor Installation Association of North America (FIANA),(888) 883-4262,
Forbo,(800) 342-0604,
INSTALL,(215) 582-4108,
Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration, Certification,(360) 693-5675,
International Certified Floor Covering Installers Association,(816) 231-4646,
Laticrete International,(800) 243-4788,
Mannington,(856) 935-3000,
MAPEI Technical Institute,(954) 246-8555
Mohawk University,(800) 664-2958,
National Tile Contractors Association,(601) 939-2071
National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA),(800) 422-4556,
North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD),(312) 321-6836,
North American Laminate Flooring Association,(202) 785-9500,
Painters and Allied Trades,(888) 934-6474,
Pergo,(800) 249-0042,
Roppe,(800) 537-9527,
Schluter Systems,(800) 472-4588,
Shaw Learning Academy,(800) 811-2404,
Surfaces,(800) 547-3477,
Tarkett Commercial,(800) 366-2689 x2709,
Tile Council of North America,(864) 646-8453,
Tile of Spain,(305) 446-4387,
World Floor Covering Association,(800) 624-6880,