ORCON's installation training clinics are designed to increase you and your installation crews to a higher level of performance, both technically and professionally.


ORCON's installation training clinics are designed to increase you and your installation crews to a higher level of performance, both technically and professionally. Our one or two-day workshops offer hands-on trainings, as well as visual education on carpet types and current carpet industry innovations. We also address customer service elements and set higher, yet achievable, expectations for every installer.

Instructors are seasoned installation professionals, knowledgeable on mill news and up-coming technologies. ORCON's training clinics can be held virtually anywhere, anytime: on weekends or evenings, your shop, large meeting rooms, or even in our Union City, California home facility. Who should attend? Sub-contractors, employee installers, and retail personnel looking to gain more product and industry knowledge.

Call Deb Brothers at 510-476-2163 for more information on pricing and scheduling availability in your area.


Dupont and Mohawk are sponsoring CFI Certification seminars nationwide. For details, call (800) 248-8582, ext. 239.

Lees Carpet Institute ensures that installers get personal training to receive Lees' highest level of certification. Students are required to have five years of experience before being accepted into the program. Training adheres to CRI standards. For details, call (800) 443-2241.

National Carpet Equipment conducts a variety of custom training courses to fit the student's needs. Hands-on training cover all phases: rug design, carpet carving, sculpting, bas-relief, binding, hand tufting, fiber optic and more. National offers student discounts on all products and supplies. For details, call (800) 245-535-8206.


AFS Advanced Flooring Specialists is a school that provides training for dealers, distributors, manufacturers and inspectors. For information, contact Fred Gamble at 530-888-1217 or at fggamble@pacbell.net.

BonaKemi USA, the world leader in hardwood floor finishing and floor care, recently announced dates for the 2006 Bona Sand & Finish School, a series of four-day training courses for hardwood floor finishing professionals.

Bona's staff of floor finishing and floor care experts provides professional instruction on Bona's complete line of products and hands-on training in sanding and floor preparation, staining, sealing and finishing, troubleshooting problem floors, government and industry regulations, sales and customer relations, and the use of Bona's Environmental Choice waterborne system.

Bona will again offer the "Beginner's Only School," a five-day course providing more classroom and hands-on work time. Key topics include the step-by-step methods for successfully sanding and finishing or recoating hardwood floors, industry terminology, estimating and sales.

New in 2006 is the availability of a Spanish-speaking instructor for help with translation during classroom and hands-on portions of the schools.

Bona's Sand & Finish School is held at the Bona Training Center in Aurora, Colorado, and WFCA facilities in Anaheim, California. Offered by the BonaKemi USA Training Team, all classes are limited to 28 participants. Space is reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact Betty Jo Hargrave at (303) 307-5004 or bettyjo.hargrave@bona.com for more Bona Sand & Finish School registration information or visit bonakemi.com.

The 2006 Training School schedule:
Sand & Finish 4-Day School, Anaheim, CA April 18 - 21; Beginner's Only 5-day School, Aurora, CO July 24 - 28; Sand & Finish 4-Day School, Aurora, CO August 15 - 18; Sand & Finish 4-Day School, West Coast/TBA October 10 - 13; Sand & Finish 4-Day School, Aurora, CO November 7 - 10

The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) offers the most-comprehensive training for wood flooring professionals in the industry. Training focuses on five specific skill sets and experience levels: Introduction to Wood Flooring Installation, Factory Finished Wood Flooring Installation, Installation and Sand & Finish, Advanced Installation, and Expert Installation. More information about each school, including topics to be covered, prices, scholarships, and specific locations, can be accessed using the NWFA's web site, www.nwfa.org. The NWFA also can be reached at 800-422-4556 (USA), 800-848-8824 (Canada), and 636-519-9663 (International).

The three-day Professional Sand & Finish School, sponsored by Basic, 3M, Clarke and OshKosh Flooring Design, provides the opportunity for hardwood floor professionals to become certified as mastering professional sanding and finishing techniques. For details call Jeri Hammen at (800) 247-5471, ext. 276.

Armstrong Wood Products National National Training Center offers a four-day installation workshop designed for beginning or intermediate installers. For details, call (800) 526-0308, ext. 2532.

Schluter-Systems will now be offering an Innovation Workshop in Anaheim, CA at the World Floor Covering Association.

As with the other Innovation Workshops that Schluter offers, this 2 1/2-day course will include both classroom discussions and valuable hands-on workshops that will provide attendees with the newest innovations in ceramic and stone tile installation systems and methods.

"The Schluter guys that do the product demonstrations were very well-informed, and I enjoyed being with other people in the industry," says Daryl Petty, a tile contractor and Innovation Workshop attendee from South Carolina. "There were a lot of ideas brought to the table because of the various attendees' different backgrounds."

Schluter-Systems' other workshops are held at the Tile Council of North America's CTEF training school in Clemson, SC; the Terrazzo Tile and Marble Association in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada; and the Centre de formation professionnelle Pierre-Dupuy in Montreal, Canada.

The only cost an attendee will incur is the travel fee to the workshop's location. All meals, accommodations and the course fee are provided courtesy of Schluter-Systems. To learn more about our Innovation Workshops, and to receive a complete list of dates and locations, please call our customer support staff at 1-800-472-4588 (USA) or 1-800-667-8746 (Canada), or visit www.schluter.com.

The Wood Flooring Manufacturers Association (NOFMA) along with the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) and the Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association (MFMA) jointly sponsor a five-day Wood Flooring School. The course covers: installation of both unfinished and factory-finished solid strip, engineered, and parquet flooring; sanding and finishing of these products; repair and refinishing; troubleshooting; and other related subjects.

The next NOFMA/NWFA/MFMA Basic School will be held at the NWFA headquarters in Chesterfield, MO (St. Louis). Schools in 2006 will be held March 21-24 and September 19-22. For more information, call NOFMA at (901) 526-5016 or visit their Web site at www.nofma.org.

Tile & Stone

Aqua Mix offers the Independent Care & Maintenance Applicator program. The program will offer a wide range of training and techniques to its students. Upon completion of the course, the trained applicators will be armed with the tools and know-how to specialize in sealing, cleaning, refinishing and troubleshooting of hard surfaces, including tile, stone, and grout. For more information about the Independent Care & Maintenance Applicator program, call (800) 366-6877, ext. 240, or e-mail salcaino@aquamix.net.

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) currently has over 30 educational and training courses available covering all facets of tile and the installation process. All methods taught comply with nationally recognized installation guidelines and will be presented in non-proprietary fashion. Both introductory and advanced courses are currently scheduled for the full 2005 calendar year.

For more information on educational opportunities on the sales and installation of ceramic tile please visit www.tileschool.org or phone 864-222-2131.

HG Maintenance Systems offers one-day, hands-on seminars for natural stone restoration and maintenance, including instruction on leveling, grinding and polishing of various calcareous stone surfaces. For details, call (888) 615-2128.

The MAPEI Technical Institute offers courses in four different disciplines: Tile & Stone Installation Systems (TSIS); Concrete Restoration Systems (CRS); Surface Preparation & Waterproofing (SPW); Floor Covering Installation Systems (FCIS). The MAPEI Technical Institute courses are free. Attendees pay for their travel expenses to and from Deerfield Beach. MAPEI provides free lodging and meals during the seminar. For registration information on up-coming seminars in Deerfield Beach, contact Monique Boyer at 954-246-8571.

The NTCA Training and Education program is administered by Justin Woelfel, Jr., NTCA Director of training and education. The course, called Workshop+, is a three-day training school costing attendees $295 for the entire three days. Customized courses can be designed for interested parties. The intent is to provide hands on training opportunities for tile contractors. For details, call Justin Woelfel Jr. at (601) 939-2071.

The National Training Center for Stone & Masonry Trades provides training in all aspects of thestone and tile industry, from design and installation to fabrication and restoration and maintenance. For details, call (404) 834-4800.


Amtico International conducts a Floor Installation Training School. Classes are limited to 14 people per session. For details, call (404) 267-1900.

Domco provides a number of training methods to provide education on installation of all its resilient product offerings. For details, call (800) 227-4662.

Forbo Installation Training includes an Associate and a Master Mechanic curriculum. The Associate Mechanic program consists of product knowledge training and general installation topics including substrate evaluation and preparation, moisture testing, patching and leveling compounds, and the use and application of Forbo Moisture Limitor. This hands-on training, with a focus on the installation of Marmoleum products, includes: direct scribing, pattern scribing, seaming methods, adhesives, heat welding, and insets.

The Forbo Master Mechanic curriculum covers more complex aspects of resilient flooring installation such as flashcoving, design installations, wall applications, accent heat welding, and heat welding coved surfaces. Successful completion of the Associate Mechanic curriculum is a pre-requisite for this course.

Tuition fees for this training are $150.00 for Associate Mechanic and $200.00 for Master Mechanic*. This fee includes installation training and materials, hotel accommodations, and all meals throughout the duration of training. For further details or to obtain an application, go to www.forobLinoleumNA.com or contact Forbo Technical Services at (800) 342-0604.

Northern Industries offers a three-day seamless flooring and waterproofing installation course. Course fee of $175 includes hands-on training and certification. For details, call (401) 821-2121.

The Roane Company is offering monthly Witex installation clinics. Also available: Witex installation and repair videos. For more information, call (800) 273-6499 (CA, AZ and NV only) or (562) 404-3464.

Tarkett Commercial offers a range of installation training opportunities ranging from job start-up's, local area contractor seminars to comprehensive training courses conducted at our training facility in Houston, TX, or at approved field locations. All installation seminars are "hands-on" covering product information and approved installation and seaming techniques. Additional training seminars are available for Inspectors, Specifiers and Estimators. If you have the questions, we are the place for the answers! Everything from Adhesive to Zero VOC's. Call 800-366-2689 x 2709, fax (713) 869-5271, or e-mail inquires to TarTech@Tarkett.com

TOLI International has begun their third year of the TOLI Installation School. The day-long class, titled "Everything You Need to Know About Installing TOLI," is an overview of commercial resilient flooring installation. Created for installers, salespeople, specifiers and inspectors, the class includes topics ranging from floor preparation and concrete testing to proper adhesive use and heat welding. For more information, call 888-TRY TOLI (1-888-879-8654).

Underlayment/ Subfloor

Ardex Engineered Cements and The W.W. Henry Company offer installation training for installers, architects, construction managers and other professionals at The Ardex Technical Center in Aliquippa, Pa., near Pittsburgh. Our comprehensive two-day training seminars are comprised of both classroom and hands-on training that benefit all who attend.

Ardex Seminars are held regularly, and are offered in Underlayments & Toppings Training and SystemOne Training, which covers underlayments and flooring adhesives. A schedule is readily available at www.ardex.com. Seminars are also offered on Ardex Designer Floors. Please see our website for details. The 2006 Seminar Schedule will soon be posted on our website. The site should be check regularly, as the seminar schedule is updated often. To register for a seminar, you must be sponsored by an ARDEX employee. Registration Forms are linked on the ARDEX Website, which may be submitted it to us. If you have any questions, e-mail info@ardex.com, or call 888-512-7339.

Ardex Training Programs have set a well-known standard, providing up-to-date technical information and installation techniques that are foremost in keeping flooring professionals competitive and profitable.

Ardex training combines a balanced mix of classroom training with hands-on experience that's both informative and beneficial. Attendees receive training in: Substrate Requirements; Flooring Industry Requirements; Jobsite Review; Substrate Preparation; Underlayment Technology; SystemOneTM Products and Applications; Self-Leveling & Trowelable Underlayments; Flooring Adhesives; and Trouble Shooting & Job Site Inspections. For more information, and schedules, please call 724-203-5000.

Dependable Floor Products offers two-day training seminars on sub-floor preparation and Dependable products. Training includes classroom instruction and hands-on training with trowelable, moisture treatment, and self-leveling products. For details, call (800) 227-3434.

Laticrete International offers several seminars designed specifically for distributors, dealers, and others directly involved in the ceramic tile and stone industry. Attendees qualify for AIA/CES Learning Units. For details, call (800) 243-4788.

MAPEI Corporation offers seminars on adhesives, repairing and patching, floor leveling, double-glue carpet installation, ceramic tile installation and more. For details, call (800) 42-MAPEI.

The Scofield Institute offers hands-on workshops combining practical demonstrations with opportunities for participants to improve their skills in cementitious overlays and decorative concrete finishing. For details, call (800) 800-9900.

Multiple Subjects

Bona USA Sand & Finish Training offers comprehensive class work and hands-on training in sanding and floor preparation, staining, sealing and finishing, troubleshooting problem floors, sales and customer relations, and also machine operation and adjustments.

For more information or for a registration form please contact Betty Jo Hargrave at 303-307-5004.

Certified Floorcovering Installers (CFI) presents two, two-day courses: an estimating and measuring course and an installation-for-the-inspector course. The first course is designed to provide entry-level training for those interested in estimating and measuring.

The latter course is a hands-on course that is designed to explain the most common installation complaints. For details, call (816) 231-4646.

Crain Cutter Co. conducts complete floor covering installation clinics at distributor locations. For details, contact the distributor listed in your area or Crain Cutter at (408) 946-6100.

Flooring Consultants and Inspection Training Services, FCITS, offers a variety of classes for flooring inspectors. Based in Dalton, GA, FCITS has been certifying inspectors since 1988 and is recognized throughout the flooring industry.

FCITS also offers several specialized courses on request. For information regarding any FCITS classes or for a list of FCITS Certified Inspectors you can visit their web site at www.fcits.org or call (800) 462-2151.

F.I.T.S. (Flooring Inspection Training Services) classes cover manufacturing, installation, maintenance, specifications, claims handling report writing, communication skills, marketing and more. Schedules, prices, further information and other technical classes are listed on the F.I.T.S. website: www.fits4.org or call Tim Smith 1-866-617-9825 or Tandy Reeves 1-888-440-0699. All classes are accredited for continuing education.

Forbo Linoleum, Inc. offers an array of installation training opportunities ranging from local dealer installation clinics and moisture limitor training to comprehensive training courses conducted in our training facilities.

Regional Technical Representatives conduct local training clinics at the flooring contractor's place of business. These clinics are designed to familiarize sales personnel and installers with Forbo products. Clinics are offered in three-hour or all day formats. The all day format affords participants an opportunity for hands-on experience with material handling, proper adhesive application, seaming techniques, etc.

Tuition fee for Associate Mech School is $150 US. Master Mechanic fee is $200. Forbo Linoleum, Inc., Technical Support Services, P.O. Box 667, Hazleton, PA 18201, email: info@fL-NA.com, website: www.forboLinoleumNA.com, tel: (570) 459-0771, fax: (570) 450-0318, toll free: 1-800-842-7839.

INSTALL - the International Standards and Training Alliance - offers a four-year training program based on a curriculum reviewed and refined by technical and education experts from several major mills and manufacturers. Content includes theory and practice of proper floor preparation, installation and finishing procedures in all types of floorcovering, with training standards for fundamental, core installer skills; graduated levels of skill competence and experience; written proof of theoretical knowledge; and hands-on skill testing. INSTALL is directed by an international labor-management committee affiliated with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. For details, call the toll-free, 24-hour INSTALL hotline at 877-431-6555, or 314-951-0999.

Mannington Floors offers week-long installation training courses. The Basic Residential Resilient Training Class features Mannington's residential full-spread and perimeter installed products. Also available is a Laminate/Wood Installation Training course. Classes are held in Salem, NJ. For details, call (800) 356-7329.

At Mohawk University, we are committed to teaching the correct and most up to date techniques of installing today's floor covering.

If you are interested in attending Mohawk University or to learn more about the program, call 1-800-664-2958 or visit www.mohawkuniversity.com.

The Regional Installation Training and Education (RITE) program that the World Floor Covering Association sponsors with the Certified Floor Covering Installers Association, National Wood Flooring Association, and Ceramic Tile Education Foundation offers classes at its Anaheim California facility as well as regional training schools throughout the United States.

The RITEClasses are from beginning level to advanced, and taught by instructors who are very knowledgeable with years of hands on experience. Each class covers in depth technical information as well as extensive hands on. Classes taught are, carpet, resilient, ceramic, laminate, and hardwood. The classes are generic in nature and students will have the opportunity to install products from several manufacturers who donate their materials for the schools. The RITE program has also been introduced to Mexico and Canada.

For more information contact Jon Namba at the World Floor Covering Association, 800-624-6880, or e-mail at jnamba@wfca.org.