A few short years ago, there was no one trying to resolve the obvious problem of the shortage of professional installers in our industry. There were some attempts over the years, but most failed due to apathy and a lack of sufficient funding. Now, low and behold, everybody wants in on the act. As you are reading this, there are at least three major efforts underway some manner of training and certification for floor covering installers.

A few short years ago, there was no one trying to resolve the obvious problem of the shortage of professional installers in our industry. There were some attempts over the years, but most failed due to apathy and a lack of sufficient funding.

Now, low and behold, everybody wants in on the act. As you are reading this, there are at least three major efforts underway some manner of training and certification for floor covering installers.

It’s my belief that if all these different associations were working together in a single coordinated effort, channeling all the available funding into a single national program, we could have greater results that much faster.

The parameters are simple. A single pool of funds, raised from all the contributing segments of the industry. A single instructional program for the training of floor covering installation professionals. A single group of highly qualified, salaried instructors. A single certification program with varying levels of proficiency. Everybody working from the same book.

Can this “all-for-one-and-one-for-all” approach work? Only if the industry wakes up and begins listening to the consuming public. Only if the retail/contractors are behind installer training. Only if the industry associations get behind this type of coordinated effort. Only if YOU are interested in supporting a program like this. Think about it. Let me know your thoughts, and talk to your association.

There’s got to be a way.