CSI: Floor Covering
Professional resilient flooring installers and inspectors have a lot to learn from each other. The installer can learn a lot about how things can go wrong by seeing jobs through the eyes of the inspector who has seen floors fail. This knowledge can help them to prevent problems before they happen. On the other hand, the inspector who has a good knowledge of the installation process can learn that blaming failures on "improper installation" may not always be the right answer. Many installers or maintenance professionals have gone through the training to become a professional Certified Inspector either as a career change or as an additional source of income to supplement installation work, and their installation experience can provide a good background for this type of work.
After almost ten years in the works, The IICRC hard surface courses are starting to be taught by IICRC approved schools around the country, starting with the SSI course, which has been offered for several years. Ms. Lezell, whose Flooring Technology Institute was the first to offer the Resilient Inspector course said optimistically, "I feel we have been making a difference by offering these courses and increasing the professionalism of our industry."
You can learn more about these two organizations at www.NICFI.org or www.IICRC.org.