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

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

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

Carpet

Dupontand Mohawkare sponsoring CFI Certification seminars nationwide. For details, call (800) 248-8582, ext. 239.



National Carpet Equipmentconducts 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.

Wood

Basic Coatingshas joined with industry leaders to establish one of the most comprehensive wood floor schools in the industry. The school consists of one day of installation and three days of safety, repairs, sanding, and finishing techniques. The curriculum has been approved by the NWFA and any student attending the Basic Pro School will receive two NWFA credits towards their degrees.

These schools are great for seasoned veterans, as well as a great place to send your new employees for training, or the start of a young apprentice. So call to reserve a spot today. Contact Jeri Hammen@ Basic Coatings 1-800-247-5471.

School Dates:

July 18 - 21 Ontario, CA (LA area)

November 14 - 17 Nashville, TN

For more information about Basic Coatings or our products and services please call our Customer Service department at 1-800-441-1934 or visitwww.basiccoatings.com.



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 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 orbettyjo.hargrave@bona.comfor more Bona Sand & Finish School registration information or visitbonakemi.com.

The 2006 Training School schedule: 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-dayProfessional 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.



Schluter-Systemswill 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 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 visitwww.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 September 19-22. For more information, call NOFMA at (901) 526-5016 or visit their Web site atwww.nofma.org.

Tile & Stone

TheMAPEI Technical Instituteoffers 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.

Laminate/Resilient

Since 1997,Pergo, Inc.has conducted Pergo Endorsed Installer training classes for installers interested in enhancing their Pergo installation skills and furthering their knowledge of Pergo products.

Classes are held monthly at four locations nationwide. Due to strong demand, pass/fail classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. There are six open spots per class. The cost per student is $375. For more information, please contact Laura Gonzalez at (919) 773-5857 or visit the "For the Trade" Pergo Endorsed Installer section atwww.pergo.comfor complete program details and a downloadable registration packet.



TheRoane Companyis 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 Commercialoffers 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 toTarTech@Tarkett.com

Underlayment/ Subfloor

Dependable Floor Productsoffers 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 Internationaloffers 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 Corporationoffers seminars on adhesives, repairing and patching, floor leveling, double-glue carpet installation, ceramic tile installation and more. For details, call (800) 42-MAPEI.

Multiple Subjects

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.



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.



TheRegional 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 atjnamba@wfca.org.

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