Training 

Explore the training opportunities available to start your career.

The Floor Covering Industry Foundation partners with floor covering training partners to provide quality training. These courses are designed for those looking to start an installation career. The courses below are all eligible for an FCEF Scholarship that covers up to half the cost of the training.

Carpet Installation Courses

For those looking to start a career in carpet installation, The International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI) is the standard for professional training. Their courses are designed to give your real-life skills that translate immediately to your work. Hands-on training ensures you not only know what to do, but also how to do it. Build your confidence and learn the skills you need to contribute to any carpet installation team.

Residential Carpet Installation

The five-week CFI Residential Carpet course is a comprehensive overview of basic residential carpet installation starting with how to approach a customer’s door to how to leave a job site. CFI has partnered with local retailers and builders to allow students on-the-job experience. Graduates will leave the class with the ability and confidence to install an average 3-bedroom home. The student will receive a CFI R-I Certification upon successful completion.

Topics/Takeaways:

  • Subfloor prep
  • Installation of tack strip
  • Transitions
  • Cushion
  • Cutting methods
  • Seaming and seam sealing techniques
  • Stretching techniques
  • Customer service and business management skills

Commercial Carpet Installation

The five-week CFI Commercial Carpet course is a comprehensive overview of basic commercial carpet installation that provides a deeper understanding of commercial carpet installation with hands-on experience. Graduates will leave the course with the ability to install a basic main street commercial installation. Student will receive a CFI C-I Certification upon successful completion of the course.

Topics/Takeaways:

  • Subfloor prep
  • Transitions
  • Cutting methods
  • Seaming and seam sealing techniques
  • Glue direct, double glue, carpet tile and other commercial installation applications
  • Identify and correct common types of pattern deviations
  • Customer service and business management skills

Residential Carpet Installation (Apprentice)

The two-week residential carpet course is the first two weeks of the respective five-week training course and is considered an introductory overview of carpet installation in a residential application.

Focus on module training with the opportunity to assist a lead installer on job sites. Students will receive a certificate of training upon completion of the course.

Commercial Carpet Installation (Apprentice)

The two-week commercial carpet course is the first two weeks of the respective five-week training course and is considered an introductory overview of carpet installation in a commercial application.

Focus on module training with the opportunity to assist a lead installer on job sites. Students will receive a certificate of training upon completion of the course.

Tile Installation Courses

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) is an educational institution that provides training for those interested in the installation of tile. Their courses cover all facets of tile and the installation process. 

Understanding & Installing Ceramic Tile

Understanding & Installing Ceramic Tile (UICT) offers basic instruction of the TNCA Handbook and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) specifications along with actual hands-on experience for the individual seeking an entry level installer position with a tile contractor.

Course Overview for Understanding & Installing Ceramic Tile

This 4-1/2 day course provides basic instruction of the TCNA Handbook and ANSI specifications along with actual hands-on experience in installing tile. It is ideal for someone who is seeking an entry level installer position with a tile contractor.

It is also designed for the salesperson, technical service representative, or any other individual seeking basic working knowledge of ceramic tile.

All aspects of the thin-bed (thin set) tile installation process including floor prep and installation materials are covered during this 4-1/2 day program.

  • Work clothes and shoes are recommended. (No open toe shoes or sandals permitted)
  • Attendees work in actual room size modules installing tile.
  • Materials are removed while being reviewed for adherence to industry standards.
  • All tools, materials and equipment will be provided

All attendees receive a certificate of attendance.

Mortar Shower Base & Waterproofing

The MSB&WP is a two-day course and focuses on the proper installation of the shower pan, including common mistakes and causes of failure. It can easily be bundled with Understanding & Installing Ceramic Tile for a 15% discount (see below).

Course Overview

This course focuses on properly installing a conventional water in/water out shower pan. This includes common mistakes and causes of tile installation failure. Attendees will individually construct their own traditional-type shower base and curb out of mortar, while following industry-accepted methods and requirements for waterproofing tile showers.

The instructor will provide an overview of alternative shower systems and products available on the market, shower pan repair techniques, as well as sheet and liquid membranes that are used in various waterproofing applications.

Emphasis is on getting optimal performance out of wet area materials and methods with the goal of ideally eliminating failures and callbacks. Because instructors address the full spectrum of industry-accepted materials and methods, attendees gain the ability to select appropriate materials and methods for the various wet area jobs and challenges that may be encountered.

Attendees receive a certificate of attendance.

The MSB&WP course does not provide any certification or endorsement of ability/knowledge.

Wood Flooring Courses

The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) offers hands-on learning for those looking to grow a career as a wood flooring craftsman. Their beginner-level courses provide the basic skills needed to start a career as a wood flooring professional.

Basic Wood Flooring Installation

BASIC INSTALLATION A 3-day in-person introductory-level course for those new to the wood flooring industry. Includes a history of wood floors, understanding wood, introduction to wood flooring tools/equipment and installation of unfinished/factory finished solid/ engineered flooring, and nail/glue/ floating installation methods.

Prerequisites

  • No experience is necessary.
  • Complete NWFA University Installation Safety learning path.

Materials Received

  • Receive and learn how to use NWFA Installation Guidelines.

CCUs

  • Receive 24 continuing certification units.

Career Path

  • Qualifies attendee for Intermediate Installation course.

Apprenticeship

  • Included in NWFA Wood Flooring Specialist Apprenticeship Program

Basic Sand & Finish

A 3-day in-person introductory-level course for those new to the wood flooring industry. Includes a history of wood floors, fundamentals of sanding/finishing wood flooring, introduction to wood flooring sanding equipment/uses, and practice with application of stains/ sealers/finishes.

Prerequisites

  • No experience is necessary.
  • Complete NWFA University Sand & Finish Safety learning path.

Materials Received

  • Receive and learn how to use NWFA Sand & Finish Guidelines.

CCUs

  • Receive 24 continuing certification units.

Career Path

  • Qualifies attendee for Intermediate Sand & Finish course.

 Apprenticeship

  • Included in NWFA Wood Flooring Specialist Apprenticeship Program

Principles of Wood

A 4-day in-person introductory level course for those new to the wood flooring industry. Provides a broad overview by combining the Basic Installation and Basic Sand & Finish courses. Includes a history of wood floors, understanding wood, an introduction to wood flooring tools/equipment and uses, installation of unfinished/factory finished solid/engineered flooring, and nail/glue/floating installation methods. Also includes fundamentals of sanding/finishing wood flooring, practice with application of stains/sealers/finishes, and an opportunity to participate in the entire wood flooring process from installation to finishing.

Prerequisites

  • No experience necessary.
  • Complete NWFA University Installation and Sand & Finish Safety learning paths.

Materials Received

  • Receive and learn how to use NWFA Installation and Sand & Finish Guidelines.

CCUs

  • Receive 32 continuing certification units.

Career Path

  • Qualifies attendee for Intermediate Installation and Intermediate Sand & Finish courses.

Intermediate Installation

A 3-day in-person intermediate level course for those with some wood flooring industry experience. Includes in-depth training on jobsite preparation, layout, understanding the science of wood, an analysis of solid/engineered flooring, practice and instruction for nail/glue/floating installation methods of unfinished/ factory finished solid/engineered flooring, floor repair techniques, and simple herringbone pattern. Also includes an opportunity to learn how to incorporate simple design elements into any floor. 

Prerequisites

  • 1 year of installation experience OR attendance at the Basic Installation or Principles of Wood Flooring course.
  • Complete NWFA University Installation Safety learning path.

Materials Received

  • Receive and learn how to use NWFA Installation Guidelines and NWFA Jobsite Checklist.

CCUs • Receive 24 continuing certification units.

Career Path • Qualifies attendee for Hands-on Installation Certification Test.

  • Qualifies attendee for Advanced Installation course.
  • Completion of this course plus Intermediate Sand & Finish course qualifies attendee for Inspector school.

Apprenticeship

  • Included in NWFA Wood Flooring Specialist Apprenticeship Program

Intermediate Sand & Finish

A 3-day in-person intermediate-level course for those with some wood flooring experience. Includes indepth training on general equipment maintenance, sanding multiple flooring types/species, unfinished/ factory finished, engineered/multidirectional/parquet flooring. Also includes floor flattening methods, minimizing the scratch patterns and efficient use of the professional sanding equipment. On the finishing side, the attendee will learn about and practice with stain application, sealers, natural oils, waxes, colorants, reactive conditioners, finish application, scraping, recoats and final coat application, repairs, and board replacement.

Prerequisites

  • 1 year of sand & finish experience OR attendance at the Basic Sand & Finish or Principles of Wood Flooring course.
  • Complete NWFA University Sand & Finish Safety learning path.

Materials Received

  • Receive and learn how to use NWFA Sand & Finish Guidelines and NWFA Jobsite Checklist. CCUs • Receive 24 continuing certification units.

Career Path

  • Qualifies attendee for Hands-on Sand & Finish Certification Test.
  • Qualifies attendee for Advanced Finish course.
  • Completion of this course plus Intermediate Installation course qualifies attendee for Inspector school. Apprenticeship
  • Included in NWFA Wood Flooring Specialist Apprenticeship Program

How to Get Started

01

Find a Training Course

Review FCEF's approved training courses to determine which is right for you. You can also search our calendar of scheduled training opportunities to see what is available near you. Don’t see something that works for you? You can still apply for a course and we'll contact you when new times and locations are added.
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Apply for Scholarship

Complete our scholarship application and tell us a little about you and why you are interested in a career in floor covering. Even if the course you are looking for is not scheduled in your area, you can still apply. Our training partners frequently add training dates and locations and we'll notify you when new trainings are available. 

03

Attend Your Training

When your scholarship is approved and you've connected with one of our training partners, it's time to start learning the skills you'll need to succeed. Completing your training arms you with real skills that you can use on the job.

04

Start Working

With the valuable skills you've learned, it's time to continue learning while you're working. We’ll help match you with an installation team in your area looking for new talent. There are many opportunities available. 

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