SURFACES and CFI are further enhancing their partnership by providing floor covering installers the opportunity to earn their carpet installation certification at the 2013 show being held January 29-31 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. This is the first time that CFI has offered this certification at SURFACES.

“CFI is very appreciative of the opportunity to share ideas and techniques that will make a carpet installer’s work more productive and always provide customer satisfaction,” said Jim Walker, CEO, CFI. “We invite installers from all over this great world to register and be a part of the first group to be certified at SURFACES 2013.”

The CFI Carpet Installation Training and Certification will be held on Tuesday, January 29 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Wednesday, January 30 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm and will feature some of the industry’s top installation trainers sharing their expertise on topics such as seam construction, power-stretching techniques, pattern alignment, stair upholstery, direct glue installation, substrate preparation and carpet backings. The 2-day program focuses on hands-on, skills training and knowledgefor carpet installers.

Two years of active experience is required to apply for CFI Residential-I and Commercial-I Certification.  However, those with a minimum of six months or more of experience may attend and receive a CFI Certificate of Training.  The CFI Carpet Study Guide is available online at to prepare for the event.  The majority of the training involves a hands-on skills workshop, but also includes demonstrations, an oral review and written test. 

To apply for certification, the installer must submit proof of two-years of active installation experience.  Installers must register at The cost of the program is $495 and includes Exhibits Only or Exhibits with Education registration. The event is limited to 20, so register early and be one of only 20 who will participate in this historic event! All tools and installation materials will be provided by CFI and the sponsors of the certification training program. Sponsors of the program include: Best Tape, Healthier Choice, ITW Industrial Fastening, MAPEI, and Wagner Meters. Lunch will be provided both days.

“CFI Certified Installers will receive an ID badge, certificate and decals as well as great gifts donated by supporting sponsors,” added Walker. “Participating in this training and certification program will elevate your career and put you in a very elite status of floor covering professionals.”

For more information about the CFI Carpet Installation Training and Certification, contact Whitney Robinson at or call (816) 231.4646.  For additional education opportunities being offered at SURFACES 2013, please visit Registration is available at and can be accessed 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

SURFACES will be held January 28-31 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV. Exhibits will be open Tuesday – Thursday and the Education Program opens Monday, January 28 and goes through Thursday. For more information on SURFACES 2013, visit us at, find us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at @Surfaces_Show.