NORCROSS, GA — April 4, 2018 — The Institute of Floor Covering Inspectors (IFCI) will hold two summer certification courses in Norcross, Georgia (Atlanta metro area): Advanced Ceramic Tile & Wood Inspector Certification, July 26-29, and Carpet & Hard Surface Inspector Certification, August 23-27.

The Advanced Ceramic Tile & Wood Inspector Certification course is the only ceramic tile certification class for inspectors of its kind. The course is scheduled for July 26-29 and requires a $995 class fee plus a $300 testing fee for those who want to certify. Among other topics, it will explore:

  • Why gaps come and go,
  • How to tell if gaps are caused by manufacturing problems, installation issues, or locally related,
  • Causes of splinters an delamination of engineered wood,
  • Wood and bamboo inspection processes,
  • Shrinkage, buckling, and cupping,
  • Differences between porcelain and ceramic tiles,
  • How tiles are made,
  • Interpretation of manufacturing standards,
  • Performing tile field measurements,
  • What to look for when inspecting natural stone,
  • Membranes, cracking, calculate warpage, and lippage,
  • The coefficient of friction testing.

“Our step-by-step procedures take the guesswork out of inspecting,” organizers said. “This class will give you the necessary information to perform with confidence those tricky Ceramic Tile and Hardwood inspections.”

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The Carpet & Hard Surface Inspector Certification course is a fast-paced, hands-on certification course designed for:

  • Certified inspectors who want to update and sharpen their skills, or add an additional certification to their CV,
  • Those looking to become a certified inspector,
  • Those who would like to learn how to inspect without becoming certified,
  • Those looking for a new full- or part-time career.

In this course, students perform hands-on inspections; examine defective/damaged material; practice step-by-step inspection procedures; learn which field tests need to be done and how to do them; and how to prepare a well-documented report.

Note that new inspectors will need to study extensively before the course. Contact the IFCI for more information on pre-course study.

This course is scheduled for August 23-27 and requires a $1,495 class fee plus a $250 testing fee for those who wish to certify.

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Both courses will be held at IFCI headquarters at 1856 Corporate Drive, Suite 100, Norcross, GA, 30093.

For further information, contact the IFCI.