Armstrong Floor Products, INSTALL and INSTALL’s curriculum provider, the Carpenters International Training Fund (CITF) are partnering to present a joint certification for commercial resilient flooring installation.
The three parties finalized
an agreement to mutually recognize the CITF and Armstrong training for
certification purposes. Specifically, the CITF resilient certification test,
which tests INSTALL professionals for proficiency in this skill, is now
recognized as an Armstrong certification test as well. Armstrong, as one of
INSTALL’s original partners, supports the concept of a comprehensive, in-depth
training program with stringent national standards.
“By promoting the INSTALL
program, we hope to bring this training and expertise to an even larger
contractor audience. In this way, we can promote and advance minimum industry
standards for quality installation, which benefits our entire industry,” said
Tim Rawlins, manager, new product development, installation services,
These specially certified
professionals also will have access to the INSTALL marketing program and will
have earned all the benefits of the Armstrong Certified Installer Program.
As part of the arrangement,
each company will continue to conduct all of its own proprietary training and
educational programs as before. Only the
standards for qualification and testing will be accepted by both Armstrong and
INSTALL. Successful candidates can earn an INSTALL/Armstrong Commercial
Resilient Flooring Installation Certification.
“Armstrong benefits from
this agreement by getting its certification training into the INSTALL alliance.
INSTALL contractors benefit from the plan through a workforce trained not only
by the CITF, but also by Armstrong’s professional training network,” said Tim
Provence, installation & technical services manager-west region.
Armstrong alone boasts more
than 80 years of quality instruction, knowledgeable teaching staff and
continued leadership in development of new installation methods and procedures
across flooring categories. The
Armstrong Installation Training Network (A.I.T.N.) – the industry’s oldest
network, founded in 1923 – will certify approximately 1,100 installers this
year alone in the commercial resilient category.
To help ensure customer
confidence, installers certified by Armstrong receive up to $2,500 in material
cost for Armstrong branded linoleum and commercial sheet flooring and
installation products to correct workmanship error.
“What this means is that
should an Armstrong commercial flat lay flooring job fail after being installed
by an INSTALL, CITF-Armstrong Certified Installer, Armstrong will provide up to
$2,500 in materials to repair or replace the project, and the certified
installer contractor will supply all labor,” explained Rawlins.
“There is tremendous benefit in
not recreating the wheel, but rather partnering with the experts, in this case
Armstrong, to expose our INSTALL contractors and flooring professionals to a
comprehensive program. This is clearly a win-win for all involved, especially
the customer, who will get excellent work by a contractor using
INSTALL/Armstrong certified flooring professionals,” said John McGrath, director
For more information, contact
your local Armstrong distributor or call 1-877-ARMSTRONG and follow the prompts
for the Armstrong Installation School, and visit www.floorexpert.com for
installer-specific product and maintenance information for both commercial and
Armstrong partners with INSTALL, CITF for resilient installation certification
February 11, 2009