In Dalton, GA during the week of March 4th, over 100 flooring installers, dealers, claims analysts and industry associates participated in the CFI historic training event at the Ryman Hall. It was a continuous four days of installation training in carpet, ceramic, resilient, laminate and wood. The CFI Inspection of Installation Workshop was also conducted. Three traveled from British Columbia, Canada and others came from Washington, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Indiana, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.
The four-day installation event in Dalton, Georgia began with the Laminate and Wood Installation Workshop taught by Bob Gillespie (MO), Tim Provence (Armstrong) and Danny Sherman (GA). The class consisted of installers and industry personnel who willingly became involved in the hands-on portion to learn more about installation. Working in groups of two in the modules, the teams tested and prepared the substrate and installed the laminate flooring followed by the installation of various types of wood flooring installed according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. Points are deducted when the provided instructions are not followed. Grading is done using the point system so the installers can quickly identify areas where more work is required to pass the certification. This point system used in all training programs also allows the corporate office to provide the installer required on installation projects.