Training efforts in the floor covering installation industry are increasing as manufacturers, dealers and contractors are making decisions to secure their future. They are reaching out to find the people who sincerely want to “raise the bar,” those designing programs to provide the highest degree of customer satisfaction while presenting profit centers to those who deliver. These are the folks who want to deliver by getting FIT.

There is no training or educational effort that is not worth the money and time spent. Whether the seminar is two hours or two days, it is the courage and commitment to educate and train that gets results. For the members of the FCICA, there is the FIT (Floorcovering Installation Training) program. Years of effort by the membership, and recognition of union training programs that are also supporting members, has led the FCICA to develop a program for workrooms that employ their own installers. In-house, classroom-type training sessions, which include hands-on learning, give new entrants to the trade the opportunity to follow a true career path. This not only increases customer satisfaction, but also gives the employee the prospect of having a rewarding career and a decent standard of living.

The recent FCICA “Investment in Learning” Convention in New Orleans found the FIT Curriculum Committee performing dual roles, putting the final touches on the carpet installation module while setting the stage for the resilient module (72 percent of the FCICA membership sell and/or install resilient materials). The convention was attended by a large number of resilient-manufacturer representatives, whose interest in sharing their knowledge to help produce the FIT Resilient Installation Module shows their desire for a high-quality product for the FCICA membership. The manufacturers who offer certification to installers trained in their specific products are encouraged to assist in providing the basic education necessary to help develop potential candidates for certification.

The FCICA welcomes all who need to add FIT to their list of commitments to excellence in installation. Come join the contractors, and their supporting members, who are dedicated to training and continuing education. Come join the installers who are “Getting FIT.”

The FCICA can be reached at 877-TO-FCICA and www.info@fcica.com.