The National Institute of Certified Floor Covering Inspectors (NICFI) is a not-for-profit association of certified, independent floor covering professionals. The membership is comprised of flooring experts in all disciplines and products, within the floor covering industry. These individuals are educated and certified by associations that specialize in training and/or certifying floor covering inspectors.
The Restoration Academy (RA) was founded in 2012 by Bryan Brainerd. Mr. Brainerd has been involved in the restoration industry since 1994 and instructing since 2000. The Restoration Academy provides educational opportunities to restorers, insurance companies, contractors, and now inspectors through their partnership with Inspector Training Services. "The key to success is to learn to do something right, then do it right every time."
FloorDetective.com is a comprehensive diagnostic tool designed to assist flooring retailers, inspectors, claims analysts, regional sales reps, interior designers, builders, and consumers, understand and more accurately identify complaints associated with flooring products. This single tool is a resource for diagnosing issues, citing detailed information for claims, finding local inspectors, and more!
The Flooring Educational Guild provides scientific educational and technical training classes for dedicated flooring professionals. Our motto is simple, "Move Beyond Certification by Becoming Educated".
The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) is an international not-for-profit trade association representing all segments of the hardwood flooring industry, including manufacturers, distributors, retailers, installers, importers/exporters, inspectors and consultants. NWFA’s mission is to unify and strengthen the wood flooring community through technical standards, education, networking, and advocacy.
Promoting industry standards for resilient, carpet, hardwood, laminate, cork and bamboo floor covering installations, NFCA engages professionals in the construction industry through education and compliance to national floor covering installation standards which provide a quality assurance platform to ensure successful installations on commercial projects. Floor covering installations bring unique challenges to the construction process, including timing, unforeseen extras, taking over the floor space, requiring dry, warm conditions and flat, properly prepared surfaces. For this reason, NFCA is focused on improving project specifications, promoting best practices and creating a general understanding across all construction parties of what minimum floor covering industry standards are and why they are important. NFCA also work to support the industry by offering a third-party floor covering inspections program – the Quality Assurance Program (QAP). The program places an independent inspector on a project to represent NFCA standards and issue a series of reports before, during and after floor covering installation to help guide the construction team to flooring success.
The IICRC is the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification, a non-profit organization for the Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Industries. The IICRC, originally named the International Institute of Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Inc. (IICUC), was founded in 1972 by Ed York. Since starting in 1972, the IICRC has evolved into a global organization with more than 49,000 active Certified Technicians and more than 6,500 Certified Firms around the world.
NALFA is the only trade association dedicated solely to the laminate flooring industry, and therefore, we are your source for all things laminate (Established 1997). Inspector Training Services (ITS) and The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) are now collaboratively working together to further expand training programs for flooring inspectors and others working in the laminate flooring industry.