INSTALL has announced its first ever Substrate Prep Certification.

The certification process is a collaborative effort between INSTALL educators, contractors and industry manufacturers. It combines a revised substrate training curriculum with written and hands-on evaluation. The progression of demonstrations includes an orientation presentation followed by a 100 question written exam. The last portion of the certification evaluation is the hands-on application and installation of underlayments. Ingrained within the program are the assessments on the following preparation and installation skill sets:

•Profiling
•Moisture and alkalinity measuring and mitigation 
•Ramping, self-leveling, skim coating, mixing and cleaning 

Successful participants received an INSTALL Certification Credential that has recommendations, specifications and extended warranties from industry manufacturers. 

The INSTALL Substrate Preparation Certification will be finalized the week of Jan. 9 at the Carpenters International Training Center. At this “train the trainer” event, up to 12 INSTALL instructors will receive the first round of official training and certification and up to 20 mills and manufacturers will review the curriculum and at that time, offer proprietary product training. These mills and manufacturers will support this certification with an endorsement and include it in their installation specifications. Upon completion of the event, each certified instructor will bring the new curriculum to their respective areas across North America, introducing INSTALL Substrate Preparation Certification courses to the floorcovering industry at large.

For more information, visit installfloors.org.