Since May 2015, the VA has adopted INSTALL certification standards into its Section 09 68 00 Carpeting, Section 09 65 19 Resilient Tile Flooring and Section 09 68 21 Athletic Carpeting. In essence, that means every VA carpet, resilient tile and athletic carpeting job specified should be installed by an INSTALL certified installer.
It’s good news for VA designers. Because with INSTALL written into the VA master flooring spec, low-bid doesn’t have to mean low expectations.
INSTALL contractors can show proof of training and certification, and in some cases offer the INSTALL Warranty on Labor. INSTALL certification ensures that you’re working with a dependable and professional contractor – and you can expect excellence.
READ THE UPDATED VA SPEC
Effective May 1, 2015, the newly adopted VA Master Specifications language for Carpet, Resilient Tile, and Athletic Carpeting reads as follows:
1.6 QUALITY ASSURANCE:
A. Installer Qualifications: A company specializing in installation with minimum three (3) years’ experience and employs experienced flooring installers who have retained, and currently hold, an INSTALL Certification, or a certification from a comparable certification program.
1. Installers to be certified by INSTALL or a comparable certification program with the following minimum criteria:
a. US Department of Labor approved four (4) year apprenticeship program, 160 hours a year.
b. Career-long training.
c. Manufacturer endorsed training.
d. Fundamental journeyman skills certification.
Why was INSTALL written into the spec for all VA projects?
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