FORNEY, TX -- The International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI) resumed its hands-on training after being sidelined since March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Held at the CFI training center in Forney, TX, the one-week basic hardwood, laminate and LVT course took place from October 26 to 30, 2020.

Conducted by CFI trainers, Dave Garden (MI) and Efren Lamas Jr (CA), the sold-out training event was packed with technical information, hands-on practice and enthusiasm from the students. The four-day course drew installers from across the country looking to start their installation career or to improve their craftsmanship.

“We are thrilled to offer this on-site training again and have this kind of enthusiastic response,” said Robert Varden, CFI executive director. “Hands-on learning simply can’t be substituted. These installers leave with a different outlook. They not only receive the most comprehensive training available, but a desire to be the best in their field.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the indoor training facility was forced to close operations for a period of time. When it became possible to open on-site training once again, CFI focused on assuring a safe learning environment based on the COVID-19 guidelines established by the Texas Department of Health Services (TDHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This includes training with mandatory social distancing, masks, and daily sanitizing.

“We would especially like to thank our supportive partners that help make CFI training events possible, including Personna, Traxx, Taylor Adhesive, Uzin, Schonox, Mohawk, Tarkett, Congoleum, Pak-Lite, Gundlach and Tools4Floors,” Varden said. “This type of training is crucial to our success and the health of the industry.”

CFI’s commitment to excellence in floor covering installation education continues this year with training and certification in their state-of-the-art training school in Forney, TX, as well as in roving locations across the U.S.

For more information about the school, visit To view an upcoming calendar of classes or to schedule one at your location, visit the calendar of events at Space is limited, so interested individuals and companies are encouraged to sign up soon.