Some eight years ago, members of the Floor Covering Installation Contractor’s Association (FCICA) and Ron VanGeldren of the Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI) developed the idea of certifying a business entity, not just an individual installer. The result was the Floor Covering Installation Board (FCIB) and their Certified Installation Contractor program.

The FCICA sponsors the FCIB and its program designed to recognize those business entities that:

  • qualify in all areas of professional business operation, and
  • agree to a tough code of business conduct, i.e. the Ten-Point Plan for Installation Excellence.

    The plan emphasizes fiduciary responsibility and continuing education, as well as the very best in flooring installation backed by a two-year warranty. In order to qualify for this certification, a business must complete a detailed application as well as undergo an independent third-party review of their business performance with their clients.

    So, what is the value of FCIB Certification? It is a tool that may be used to set a company apart from their competition and prove how good they really are. For a company’s clients, or potential clients, it is the realization that, when dealing with an FCIB-certified contractor, they are getting the very best in the industry. FCIB-certified contractors were responsible for over $520 million in sales in 2000.

    For information on this exciting program, come by the FCICA booth #112 at Surfaces 2002 in Las Vegas, Jan. 30-Feb. 1. You may also give us a call at (248) 592-FCIB or email for an application.