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Common Questions About Carpet Installers

Should carpet installers receive training before working on a job site?

Installing carpet is a  complicated process that requires precision, or the flooring won’t last. One of the biggest problems new homeowners face when moving into a house is dealing with flooring that was placed incorrectly. After just a few months, this flooring will begin to show wear, and if it is not dealt with soon enough, will bunch up and tear away from its padding.

Professionals who regularly work with flooring need to be prepared to work in these settings and much more. The only way to guarantee this is with hands on training.

What organization can help carpet installers get the training they need for the job?

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has helped professionals in a variety of textile and restoration industries get the training needed to perform at a high level. Since 1972, the IICRC has certified tens of thousands of professionals and thousands of firms. There are more than 30 courses available through the IICRC, and all of them are taught through instructors found around the world. This enables technicians to find a class near them. Most courses are taught over two to four days as well, so a student doesn’t have to make a large time commitment to improve their skills.

What does the IICRC’s Repair and Reinstallation Technician (RRT) program consist of?

The RRT course focuses heavily on flooring repair and placement, and the most common safety and technical issues that technicians are likely encounter. Students will also learn the basics of textile construction, proper flooring inspection, how to prepare the work area, and several tools that they use. This includes adhesives, tack strip and moldings and padding. At the courses completion, students will be expected to be able to place flooring, create strong, invisible seams and properly stretch the flooring. The RRT also spends a lot of instruction time going over various complications that may arise during repair or placement, giving technicians the ability to troubleshoot out of any problem. The RRT course is taught over two days for a total of 16 instructional hours.

What benefits does the RRT class give to carpet installers?

Technicians certified through the IICRC are able to provide much better service than those who have not received IICRC training. Consumers understand this as well, which is why industry studies show that home and business owners place a large emphasis on certification when looking to hire a professional. By completing the RRT, a technician will improve their standing in the industry and open up the door for additional business and employment opportunities.

A professional needs a strong foundation of expertise before placing flooring. The IICRC builds a foundation of tools for the technician to succeed for years to come.

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