Skills “hands-on” training is offered in all flooring surfaces. Jon Namba, CFI executive director is an industry recognized trainer and is proficient in all types of flooring installation. Jon is instrumental in developing the distributor-sponsored programs. The CFI Team will prepare the area and materials; the hosting party provides ample space to conduct the programs.

All Hard Surface Training Programs
The hard-surface training address professionalism, job-site evaluation, preparation, substrates, effect of moisture and testing procedures, acclimation, maintaining properly controlled installation environment, subfloors, grades (on, above, below), proper handling of materials, following manufacturer’s installation and supply guidelines, estimating and proper planning, tools, cleanup, maintenance and the characteristics of the various types of flooring, as well as topics specific to each type of flooring.

Ceramic Courses
Includes classroom and demonstrations/skills training of ceramic tile with product from several different manufacturers is presented. Properties and characteristics of tile vs. stone are addressed. Setting materials, substrate preparation, subfloors, deflection, balancing floors, backerboards, membrane systems, estimating and layout, radiant systems, tools and techniques are covered.

This is a hands-on course that gives each student the opportunity to participate in an installation from start to finish. TCNA and ANSI guidelines are covered. Written materials for future reference are also included.

Hardwood Course
Various types of manufactured products are used during the classroom and skills training of pre-finished hardwoods. Nail-down, glue-down and floating floor installations are included, as well as re-coating. Technical handouts are provided for future reference. Training follows the guidelines established by the National Wood Flooring Association. Topics include: transitions, balancing floors, properties and characteristics of unfinished and pre-finished floors (solid types of cuts, plain, quarter sawn, rift sawn); strip and plank, engineered, parquet, Janka hardness, cork and bamboo; factory finishes (UV-cured, acrylic impregnated, ceramic and aluminum oxide); nail-down, staples and cleats; installation of floating and direct-glue installations, radiant systems and maintenance.

Laminate Course
Various types of materials provide an opportunity to work with different fastening systems. Technical handouts are provided for future reference. Topics include: types of laminate floors, specific installation properties and characteristics for each type of flooring – Glue vs. Click; the use of manufacturer’s recommended installation supplies, plank-lay direction; startup and row stagger, room sizes, using spacers, silicone sealant, stairs, transition systems, expansion issues and board repair.

Resilient Installation Course
Various manufacturers, who supply the teaching products, provide installers with an opportunity to understand specific installation requirements. Topics include use of patching compounds (Portland-based, gypsum and SLC’s); types of flooring (rotogravure, inlaid, linoleum, felt-backed, vinyl-backed, vinyl-composition tile (VCT), Vinyl asbestos tile (VAT) and rubber); wall base; installation characteristics (adhesives, trowels, open-time, seam sealers, proper seam preparation, proper sealing techniques and using the correct rollers), addressing common problems such as telegraphing and installation over existing vinyl, linoleum and various types of flooring.

Carpet Installation Training, R-I/C-I Certification
Friday evening, 5:30-7:30 p.m., the CFI Installation Review and demonstrations are presented in preparation for hands-on involvement on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. The test for CFI Certification is offered at 7:30 p.m. Everyone may attend the training event, but for those seeking the R-I and C-I Certification, the written test is required. At the conclusion on Saturday, installers who successfully demonstrate the requirements of the certification are awarded this designation. The Saturday skills training in small groups includes seaming of various types of carpet for the categories, power stretching, pattern matching, stair upholstery, carpet backings and technical information. A four-day entry-level training course and a stair upholstery workshop are also available. For details, contact the CFI office.

Advanced Carpet Installation Training Preparation (R-II, C-II Certification)
Friday evening at 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., the CFI Installation Review and demonstrations are presented in preparation for the hands-on involvement on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. The test for CFI Certification is offered at 7:30 p.m. Everyone may attend the training event, but for those seeking the R-I and C-I Certification, the written test is required. At the conclusion on Saturday, installers who successfully demonstrate the requirements of the certification are awarded this designation. The Saturday skills training in small groups includes seaming of various types of carpet for the categories, power stretching, pattern matching, stair upholstery, carpet backings and technical information.

Advanced Patterned, Woven Carpet Workshop
A two-day skills workshop designed to introduce new techniques, product knowledge and tools for the installation of patterned and woven carpets. This course is an introduction to the various types of weaves and recognized installation procedures. It is a working event installing carpets that require additional expertise over cushion, direct-glue and double-glue applications. The carpets require more time and installation skills that are possessed by few in the field. The CFI Patterned Carpet Resource Manual is distributed to all attendees. It is filled with 60 pages of techniques and information that have proven to create a successful installation. The “hands-on” training and information is necessary for commercial and residential installers who are searching for installation techniques and solutions to problems that surface in the field. It is also beneficial for those who work with installers, sales representatives, manufacturers, cleaners and inspectors. The workshop is also an excellent source to add to the communication skills necessary to work in the field of patterned carpet.

Corrective Flooring Procedures Workshop
Corrective Flooring Procedures Workshop is a first “hands-on” course of this type presented for the industry. The numerous techniques, tools and resources that will be made available for the attendees have never been presented in this hands-on type of format. The workshop covers corrective measures for carpet, laminate, ceramic, hardwood and resilient flooring surfaces. The 2-1/2 days include carpet corrections of burns and spots and restretch techniques. Laminate includes plank replacement, both glue and click and the hot-melt corrective system. Ceramic includes individual tile replacement, grout rework and hot-melt corrective system. Hardwood includes pre-finished board replacement of glue-down and nail-down, touch-up using stains and finishes and the hot-melt corrective system. The resilient section includes corrective techniques for tears, burns and gouges. Many procedures are unique.

For detailed information contact Jon at (714) 653-2130, or CFI (816) 231-4646, or register online at www.CFIinstallers.com.