If you have read FCIfor any amount of time, you probably know that we beat the drum pretty heavily around here about the importance of proper training and certification for any type of flooring installation. Why? New products and technologies enter our market constantly, with competing information about the best ways to install them. We believe that rather than becoming confused by conflicting information or deciding to just “wing it,” a classroom setting with trained and knowledgeable instructors will almost never steer you wrong. Additionally, earning certification will give you a leg up on your competition and increase the value of your business and your brand.
One of our readers, long-time installer Brad Lenox, recently wrote in with an alternate stance. Frustrated by all the bottom-of-the-barrel bids he sees out in the field, Lenox noted: “These discussions about installer training are great, but nothing ever transpires from them. Training costs travel, room, board and course expenses. Who wants to travel the U.S. spending money to become certified, when Joe ‘Handyman’ undercuts your bid by half to do the job, because he’s done a couple laminate, wood, tile jobs, etc., and it’s ‘easy’?”