The International Certified Floorcovering Installers Association (CFI) has announced that it will offer hands-on hardwood installation training; CFI, Armstrong and NWFA Certification are available at the training classes. Cost for the two-day class is $475; maximum of 12 attendees per class.

The benefits include: CFI Certification; Armstrong Pre-Finished Hardwood Certification; written test for Armstrong Certification is available at the training – cost included;  NWFA - National Wood Flooring Association Certification.

Installers who successfully complete the requirements of the hands-on training have the option of taking the NWFA certification test online at an additional $50.00 per applicant. Written test for Armstrong Certification is available at the training – cost included.  

The course covers:

The characteristics of the various types of flooring.

Job-site evaluation


Importance of substrate acceptable for flooring

Subfloors, grades – on, above, below

Effect of moisture and testing procedures - Acclimation

Maintaining properly controlled installation environment

Proper handling of materials - Tools

Following manufacturer’s installation and supplier guidelines

Estimating and proper planning

Cleanup - Maintenance

Certification includes knowledge of installation and product use.

Classroom demonstrations and hands-on skills training of pre-finished hardwoods are presented with various types of manufactured products.

Nail-down, glue-down and floating floor installations



Balancing floors

Properties and characteristics of unfinished and pre-finished floors (solid -types of cuts- plain, quarter sawn, rift sawn)

Strip and plank

Engineered and parquet

Janka hardness

Cork and bamboo

Factory finishes (UV-cured, acrylic impregnated, ceramic and aluminum oxide)

Nail-down, staples and cleats

Radiant systems.

Installation of floating and direct-glue installations  

For more information, contact CFI at (816) 231-4646, or email: