Karastan, in partnership with Jim Walker (American Floor Covering Institute president; International Certified Floorcovering Installers Association ceo, and 2005 Recipient of WFCA 2005 Industry Hall of Fame awardee) has revamped its Certified Installer Program that incorporates the latest tools, techniques and carpet constructions that includes training, DVDs and resource guides.

Retailers and installers participating in Karastan’s Certified Installer Program undergo two days of seminars, hands-on training and skills testing. Before certification is awarded, installers must pass a written exam, construct seams in various carpet styles (including woven), align patterns, demonstrate correct power stretching and trimming procedures, and upholster a stair. All installers are also graded on appearance and “people skills.” For more information or register, contact Karastan at (800) 241.4900, ext. 21681.