In November, INSTALL was featured in Floor Covering Weekly Magazine article that provided insight from our president, John McGrath, about our mission, goals and strategies to expand our influence as we lead installation certification and comprehensive training for our members — more than 100 floor covering manufacturers and 100 contractors. 

According to John McGrath, the lessons and training provided are designed to guarantee the most reliable contractors, eliminate installation claims and better service the industry. “INSTALL identifies reasonable standards for quality installation. Our certifications have to service everyone; we will adopt and adjust to service the whole industry. Our goal is to have all installers certified by 2013 so we can answer all calls in the U.S. and Canada,” he said.

INSTALL offers a four-year credit training program complete with classroom and job site training, evaluation, certification, skill set and diploma to ensure correct installation. Training for installation includes both standard and specialized skill sets. INSTALL covers installation methods for carpet, resilient and hardwood.

Supported by a 12-member labor management committee, a state of the art International Training Facility in Las Vegas and 26 training sites throughout the U.S. and Canada, INSTALL aims to decrease the number of installation claims by providing up-to-date certification reviews.  “We are like a three-legged stool — joining contactors, installers and the flooring market. We ask installers to identify what skillset they need to strengthen and we are dedicated to training and enhancing these skills. One of the many values we bring is the cooperation between labor and management,” said McGrath. 

INSTALL also provides sales and marketing training for its members and encourages manufacturers to link their website to INSTALL’s website to generate more traffic to pages. 

One significant challenge INSTALL is working to overcome — not having substantial representation throughout the country. “INSTALL is working very hard to increase its presence in the U.S. in order to be seen as a strong and reliable organization,” explained McGrath.  

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