Take your skillset and profession to the next level by getting certified through NAFCT.

Subfloor Prep Course

Substrate and Subfloor Prep Certification

Your NAFCT certification journey begins with the Substrate and Subfloor Prep Certification. In this course you will gain knowledge and understanding of: Wood Subfloors and Underlayment Materials Wood Subfloor Construction Components of Concrete Concrete Subfloor Construction and Placement Concrete Problems and Causes Thick Pour Gypsum Underlayment Respirable Silica Hands-on Substrate/Subfloor Training Certification Process: The Substrate […]

Request for Subfloor Prep Training

Do you have a group of employees that you would like to get certified for Substrate and Subfloor Prep? Start the process here. Requirements: NAFCT Membership in good standing; a minimum of 10 members enrolled/enrolling in the substrate and subfloor prep certification How the certification works: Each person attaining the Substrate and Subfloor Prep certification will need to complete the (7) online courses and accompanying quizzes (approx. 8 hours of work) prior to the in-person Subfloor Prep Training conducted by an NAFCT Educational Partner. The final online exam will need to be completed with a passing score of 80%. Once all three components are completed, the certification will be awarded.

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Modular Resilient Installation

Modular Resilient Flooring Installation Certification Course

The resilient modular course is designed to further develop your skills and knowledge for successful flooring installations of click, loose-lay, and glue down resilient products. The certification course is composed of both online and in-person learning. Information will include product knowledge, terminology, adhesives, sound control, and product installation. Students completing this course and earning certification […]

Inspector Courses

About Certifications

Education and training will be provided via flexible online courses and in-person hands-on training.

  • Online education is self-paced.
  • Courses are set up for progressive learning covering basic knowledge and skills to advanced floor covering topics.
  • Online lessons are broken down into 30-50 minute topics.
  • Access to a vast network of on-site training events with key flooring manufacturers, NAFCT Educational Partners.

Installation Training and Certifications:

  • Subfloor Preparation
  • Moisture Mitigation
  • Resilient LVP Installation – Residential
  • Resilient Sheet Goods Installation Commercial
  • Heat Welding and Flashcoves
  • Hardwood Installation
  • Carpet Installation
  • Stone Ceramic Installation

Inspection Training and Certifications:

  • Subfloor Inspection
  • Resilient Inspection
  • Carpet Inspection
  • Hardwood Inspection
  • Stone Ceramic Inspection
  • Commercial construction for the Inspector

Maintenance Training and Certification:

  • Carpet
  • Resilient
  • Hardwood
  • Stone/Ceramic

Learning Objectives and Mill Tour

  • Role of an Inspector
  • Fiber & Yarn Type
  • Carpet Dying
  • Carpet Styles
  • Overview of Manufacturing
  • Carpet Dying
  • Carpet Backing
  • Carpet Mill Tour with Fiber Extrusion & Manufacturing

Learning Objectives

  • Subfloor/Substrate
  • Installation & Seams
  • CRI-105
  • Understanding & Identifying Manufacturing Defects
  • Understanding & Identifying Installation Issues
  • Understanding & Identifying Maintenance Issues
  • Understanding & Identifying End User Abuse and Misconceptions

Learning Objectives

  • A Review of Concerns and Inspection Techniques
    • Wear, Texture, and Performance Issues (Including Pattern Loss)
    • Corn Rowing
    • Sidematch (Color & Texture)
      • Paper & Pencil Test
      • Shadow Box
    • Protruding Tufts/Loops (Sprouting & Slub Yarns) & Pulls
    • Shedding, Fuzzing, & Pilling
      • Bundle Wrap vs. Bundle Penetration
      • Consumer Damage
      • Installer Damage
    • Light and Shadows
    • Pile Reversal, Shading, & Pooling (Watermarking)
    • Seam Issues (Visibility, Peaking, Delamination & Other Installation-Related Concerns)
    • Wrinkles, Bubbles, & Puckers
    • Bow, Skew, & Pattern Elongation
    • Lines, Streaks, & Bands
      • Manufacturing-Related
      • Installation-Related
    • Fading/Color Change
    • Spots, Stains, & Soiling Issues
      • Pet Stains
    • Indentations
    • Yarn Degradation
  • Report Writing
  • Spotting & Carpet Cleaning
  • Warranties
  • Lab Testing

ITS Commercial Carpet Inspector Course

(Including Woven & Natural Fibers)

  • Understanding Commercial Products & Installation Techniques
    • Direct Glue
      • Adhesive Transfer
      • Seam Sealing
    • Carpet Tiles
    • Attached Cushion
    • Double-Glue
      • Glued Seams vs. Hot-Melt
    • Introduction to Woven & Natural Fibers
  • Subfloors & Moisture Testing
  • Concerns and Inspection Techniques
    • Pattern Match
      • Bow, Skew, Elongation
      • How Installers are supposed to address elongation -Use of a Deadman and Crab Stretcher
      • How to measure and calculate
    • Sidematch
    • Seam Issues
    • Pile Reversal, Shading, & Pooling (Watermarking)
    • Pile Compaction/Perceived Fading or Color Loss
    • Wear/Performance
    • Pile Crushing in Blends
    • Delamination
    • Indentation
    • Photo Bleaching in Wool
    • Spots & Stains
  • Transitions
  • Jobsite Protection
To maintain an NAFCT Certification, certified person must:
  • Keep yearly membership in good standing
  • Complete any additional lessons added to the course curriculum within 90 days
  • Complete twenty-four (24) Continuing Education Credits every 2 years
Persons certified that are NOT meeting the requirements to maintain a certification will have 60 days to become compliant.
Certification must be completed within 6 months of person registering for the certification. *Extenuating circumstances may allow for an extension of up to 1 year to be granted with approval from NAFCT.
In order to pass a final exam, the testee must score a minimum of eighty percent (80%) or greater as determined by the respective committee overseeing the certification course. The testee will have three (3) attempts to pass the final certification exam. In the event, they are unable to pass within the 3 attempts, they will need to restart the program.
There are no prerequisites for the Substrate and Subfloor Certification Program. Advanced certifications will have prerequisites required - please see that certification for requirements.