Dick Bray gives final instructions to the West Coast regional competitors.

It's never too early to begin training the next generation of installers.
The 2001 National Installation Contest, sponsored by the World Floor Covering Association, is the nation’s premier floor covering installation competition. Twenty finalists, culled from regional competitions held across the United States during the latter part of 2000, are flown to Las Vegas, Nev., to compete with their peers for cash, prizes, and the right to be known as the nation’s best installer.

A number of distributors donated their time and space for regional contests.
The two-day event evaluates contestants on everything from adhesive selection to personal appearance. Unchanged from the 2000 event are the three criteria in which the competitors are scored: a written exam; repair work; and a hands-on project.

Focus is a key to success in the installation profession.
In order to reach the National Contest, the finalists must qualify in one of the eight regional contests held by the WFCA in various sections of the country. Entrants compete in one of two categories, carpet or resilient, under the watchful eye of the judges. The winning entrant in each category earns the right to compete in the National Contest at Surfaces. In order to round out the competition, two runners-up in each category, the remaining overall top scorers from the eight regionals, are also awarded the opportunity to compete.

The installers are judged on a variety of procedures that would apply in a real-world scenario, including: the ability to follow a work order; tool usage; safe working habits; floor preparation; metal fabrication; use of pattern felt; seam layout and placement; and overall appearance, to mention a few.

For years, the WFCA has helped promote and shape the cause of the installation professional. The National Installation Contest, co-sponsored by Floor Covering Installer and National Floor Trends magazines, is just one of the many results the WFCA is able to show for its efforts.