INSTALL updates resilient flooring and carpet certification standards

certification standards for resilient floors and carpets
INSTALL has updated its certification standards for resilient floors and carpets.

Washington, DC—INSTALL, a leader in flooring installation training and certification, has announced recent updates and improvements to certification standards for resilient floors and carpets.

“As a leading training resource offering unparalleled knowledge and expertise in the flooring industry, it is imperative for INSTALL to stay on the cutting edge of installation progress,” said John T. McGrath Jr., INSTALL Executive Director. “We keep our fingers on the pulse of the industry to make sure we stay ahead of the flooring trends. Our certification standards leaders and trainers always follow the evolution of materials and techniques, enabling them to pass on new skills to installers who are focused on delivering long-term value to their customers.”

Resilient floor certifications present additional challenges

One of the most significant changes to INSTALL’s resilient floor certification standards is the mock-up sizing. To accommodate the massive growth in LVT and LVP installations, the resilient INSTALL certifications have doubled the space for the tile and plank installations. This gives installers more room to focus on a large part of their resilient flooring certification: random pattern LVP or LVT installation, which is common in commercial environments.

Another key component of the new certification standards for resilient floors, according to INSTALL, aims to increase installers’ knowledge of vinyl sheet splice transitions, especially seam transitions. Installers now perform an east-to-west weld transition that meets a north-to-south weld transition, in addition to accent seam welding.

Other critical updates to the course include millwork base training, which is more challenging, replacing the previous vinyl cove base installation, the group said. Instructors have doubled the drain cutouts and three more pipe intrusions for installers to learn precise cutting skills – tackling projects suitable for plumbing fixtures in commercial or bathroom installations. Also, knowledge and compliance with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is now part of the course certification requirements, due to COVID-19.

Overall, INSTALL said that the updates to the certification standards for resilient floors provide installers with challenging scenarios that justify trust in the installer. These standards are regularly reviewed and are expected to be updated again in a few years’ time.

Certification for new carpet installation equals in-depth knowledge

INSTALL certification for carpet installation gives employers peace of mind — knowing the installer has the most current, in-depth knowledge of current carpet installation standards, INSTALL said.

Most commercial job sites specify bonded installations. While INSTALL’s tacksss and pad certification mock-up has maintained its size, the new glued certification mock-up has doubled in size and additional seams and edge inserts have been added around the carpet field.

The bonded certification standards also include evaluation of substrate preparation, cutting, fitting and seaming. In-depth standards focus on selecting the correct adhesive for the material, applying adhesive with the correct trowel notch, and the correct adhesive open time. The evaluation ends with testing proper installation and rolling techniques to ensure the carpet is safe.

INSTALL has also updated the certification evaluation for stairs. Installers previously worked on two steps, but have increased that number to four, for more repetition. Participants learn and become adept at working the riser, tread and nose of each step.

The latest change in carpet installation standards presents a particularly difficult challenge, according to INSTALL. Installers must learn to complete a 90-degree miter metal transition. Once mastered, this high level challenge reflects the expertise and skills of proven and reliable professional installers.

“It’s more important than ever to make sure everyone on your installation crew has the right certification,” said McGrath. “The cost of defective floors is 10 times the cost of the initial installation. Protect your floor selections and specifications with proven, INSTALL certified installers.”

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