CCA Global Partners® has partnered with the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), after its recent purchase of the International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI), to help address the shortage of qualified flooring installers. Through this new partnership, members of CCA’s floor covering divisions will be provided with incentives to bring new hires to the industry, and the CFI will have them qualified and up-to-speed quickly.
“CFI is well-respected for providing quality installation training,” said Charlie Dilks, Chief Product Officer of CCA Global Partners. “CCA members have been asking for help in recruiting and training more installers and we feel this program will help them meet the challenge.”
Through this new partnership, members of Carpet One Floor & Home®, Flooring America®/Flooring Canada® and International Design Guild® will benefit from tuition credits and discounts from both CCA and WFCA.
“It’s exciting to see CCA making a significant investment to help resolve an industry-wide problem,” said Scott Humphry, CEO of WFCA “We are happy to do our part in encouraging CCA’s members to provide installation training through CFI.”
CCA will provide its members a discount toward the cost of tuition when the installer completes one of CFI’s installation training classes for carpet and hard surface classes.
“This is a huge step helping alleviate some of the challenges our members have faced with the current installer shortage. Quality installers are essential to our members’ success,” added Dilks.
The CFI schools introduce installers to many types of flooring and the tools of the trade with an emphasis on efficiency and craftsmanship. Courses cover hands-on installation techniques, customer service training and OSHA and EPA standards training. Graduates would leave a 5 week residential carpet class with the skill sets and confidence to go into the field and have the ability to install an average 3 bedroom home. They also receive CFI Certification. To learn more about CFI, visit http://www.cfiinstallers.com/.
About CCA Global Partners
CCA Global Partners, Inc. is a privately held cooperative based in the United States with member businesses in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. For more than thirty years, CCA Global has partnered with entrepreneurial businesspeople to create a cooperative powerhouse unmatched in the marketplace. With 13 independent business brands and more than 2,800 locations, CCA Global Partners is well positioned to positively impact the success of independent businesses. For more information on CCA Global Partners, go to http://www.ccaglobal.com.
The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), the official sponsor of the annual Surfaces tradeshow, is the floor covering industry's largest advocacy organization, representing floor covering retailers, contractors and allied service providers throughout North America.
The WFCA is a recognized leader in marketing research and industry programs for flooring professionals. In addition, it publishes the only retailer-oriented trade periodical, Premier Flooring Retailer. On the consumer end, in addition to an ongoing consumer focused flooring awareness public relations program, it operates the highly successful and award-winning premier consumer flooring website, WFCA.org, which provides unbiased information about every type of floor covering and connects customers to members’ retail stores. The WFCA also influences public policy affecting the floor covering industry and consumers. For more information about the WFCA, visit www.WFCA.org and www.WFCA-PRO.org .
The International Certified Floorcovering Installers Association, Inc. (CFI) is a division of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) that is devoted to installation training and certification through a team of dedicated trainers who share their experience and knowledge to help others help themselves. The enthusiasm for doing this continues to grow.
CFI provides educational resources for the industry through inspection, installation, estimating, product knowledge, and patterned and woven carpet, hardwood, ceramic, laminate and resilient flooring training. CFI provides teams of skilled craftsmen to assist when called upon for installations by dealers and manufacturers. For more information visit, www.cfiinstallers.com .