A Training Program Designed and Delivered by Flooring Experts

The curriculum used in the INSTALL training program is developed by the Carpenters International Training Fund with input from industry leaders and manufacturers. To stay on the cutting edge, it is regularly reviewed and updated by technical and education experts.

Our floorcovering training program curriculum is built on nine pillars: Standard Skills, Carpet, Resilient Flooring, Resinous Flooring, Hardwood Flooring, Concrete Polishing, Safety, Productivity and Green Building Awareness. Each category is packed with information taught by INSTALL’s elite team of instructors.

Our Installation Training Curriculum Is Built for You

INSTALL Floorcovering Training CurriculumINSTALL’s goal is to prepare you to tackle any flooring installation in the field. We do this through a comprehensive training program that is second to none. It was built by subject matter experts and is constantly updated to reflect current trends and best practices.

Standard Skills Training

You must understand the fundamental basics of floorcovering installation before mastering higher-level skills and techniques. Whether you are a rookie or an old pro, the Standard Skills section of the INSTALL curriculum is packed with useful information and skills training.

Here you will learn and master essential skills like floor prep, jobsite check procedures, general tools, and much more.

  • Standard Skills training details

    • Industry orientation
    • General hand and power tools
    • General layout
    • Job site check procedures
    • Material handling
    • Flooring and adhesive removal equipment and methods
    • Substrate preparation and repair
    • Self-leveling and wood underlayments
    • Adhesives and fundamentals of adhesives application
    • Substrate moisture and alkalinity awareness, testing and remediation
    • General and complex layout and installation
    • Diagonal tile layout
    • Sheet material layout and estimating
    • Pattern matching principles
    • Making scale drawings
    • Transitions

Safety Skills Training

The INSTALL program offers classes to teach the floorcovering professional safety and awareness on the jobsite. Courses include safety methods for working with flooring and power tools and proper handling procedures for maneuvering the different sizes and shapes of flooring materials throughout a jobsite.

Awareness training will teach hazards that can cause harm to the installer as well as others who may be in the general vicinity. These courses will also teach how to create a safe work environment.

Areas of floorcovering installations that require working above the substrate will require aerial lift and fall protection certifications. The goal is to return the floorcovering installer home in the same physical condition as they came to work.

  • Safety Skills training details

    • Aerial Lift Operator Qualification
    • Confined Space
    • Construction Fall Protection
    • Ergonomics
    • First Aid:
      Automated External Defibrillation
      Bloodborne Pathogens
    • Flooring and Adhesive Removal Methods
    • Green Building Awareness
    • Green Flooring
    • Hazard Communication and Chemical Safety
    • Material Handling
    • ICRA: Best Practices in Health-Care Construction
    • OSHA 10 Construction
    • OSHA 10 General Industry
    • OSHA 30 Construction
    • OSHA 30 General Industry
    • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Power Tools
    • Powered Industrial Truck Operator
    • Tool Safety for: Carpet, Resilient, Resinous, Wood

Productivity Skills Training

The relationship between the floorcovering installer and their employer is a partnership which benefits both when a project is installed correctly. Productivity is a large part in the success of every project, and some of the keys are how to clean and prepare a substrate and the care of placing rolled goods into the area to be installed.

Understanding the details in a print reading course leads to the layout and planning for each project. Correct layout procedures lead to products being installed accurately. Employability skills and the jobsite rules detail the reason to follow and work with complex time schedules. Productivity leads to jobsite success and builds a strong reputation with the design community for future projects.

  • Productivity Skills training details

    • Employability Skills
    • Diverse Working Environments
    • Safety
    • Cleaning a Substrate
    • Properly Preparing a Substrate
    • Spreading Adhesive
    • Snapping a Chalk Line
    • Material Handling
    • Staging of Materials
    • Positioning and Placement of Roll Materials
    • Layout
    • Installation Procedures
    • The Jobsite: Rules, Resources, and Documents
    • Housekeeping
    • Print Reading

Green Building Awareness Training

Healthy, sustainable buildings are no longer green, just smart. In our business, it is important to understand the basic concepts of sustainability.

We will teach you how to work in accordance with green building standards. In fact, our green building content has been reviewed by the Green Building Initiative (GBI).

  • Green Building Awareness training details

    • Understand the benefits of green building to the environment
    • Learning how to work in accordance with green building standards
    • Understand how to create less material waste
    • Gain knowledge of recycling
    • Be able to lead communications between the design team, construction team, and the client in a green building project

Carpet Training

Carpet is everywhere, and in the flooring business, it’s important to know all about it. We’ll make sure that you know carpet inside and out, and understand how to install it.

Our comprehensive carpet curriculum covers everything from soup to nuts. You’ll understand how carpet is manufactured and learn all the different ways to handle and install it.

  • Carpet training details

    • Carpet history and construction
    • Carpet construction
    • Yarn to manufacturing
    • Carpet cushion
    • Carpet tools
    • Carpet and Rug Institute installation standards
    • Carpet layouts
    • Carpet seam methods
    • Hand sewing
    • Direct glue carpet installation
    • Carpet tile
    • Double glue carpet installation
    • Tackstrip and cushion installation
    • Stretch-in carpet installation
    • Pattern matching
    • Mechanical power stretch-in
    • Standard and specialty stairs
    • Carpet base
    • Flash cove carpet installation
    • Carpet repairs
    • Artificial turf

Resilient Flooring

Today’s resilient flooring products are highly engineered combinations of polymer material. We will show you how to use them through hands-on instruction.

The INSTALL floorcovering training program will teach you everything from basic installation procedures to more advanced and complex methodologies.

  • Resilient Flooring training details

    • General knowledge
    • History
    • Tools
    • Products
    • Sheet layout
    • Seam cutting
    • Heat welding
    • Wall base
    • Square tile
    • Diagonal tile
    • Sheet flooring (1 through 3)
    • Linoleum
    • Rubber flooring
    • Stairs (1 and 2)
    • Flash cove (1 through 6)
    • Repairs
    • Manufacturer certification


Hardwood floorcovering systems are also very popular and INSTALL has you covered. The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) partnered with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) to build this part of the curriculum. Our training is focused on installation and sand-and-finish practices.

  • Hardwoods training details

    • Jobsite conditions
    • Equipment operation and maintenance
    • Sanding media
    • Types of fillers, stains and finishes
    • Procedures for new unfinished flooring
    • Recoat and refinish of existing floors
    • Dust containments
    • Board replacement and blending finishes


Curriculum will discuss the differences between industrial, commercial, and residential specifications and applications for resinous installations. Descriptions of products include primers, resins, urethane resins, and Methyl Methacrylate Acrylics (MMA).

The various tools and equipment used for the preparation, installation, and cleaning of resinous floors will be discussed along with the safety procedures required for each.

Hazard communication standards will include OSHA (United States), WHMIS (Canada), and Safety Data Sheets (SDS) along with personal protective equipment needed to work with resinous products. The mixing, installation and repair of the various resinous products are covered in detail within the curriculum.

  • Resinous training details

    • Introduction to Resinous Flooring
    • Types and Characteristics of Products
    • Tools and Testing Equipment
    • Safety
    • Evaluating the Substrate
    • Profiling and Preparing Substrates
    • Self-Leveling Underlayment
    • Layout
    • Mixing of Resins for Cove and Floor
    • Installation of Resins for Cove and Floor
    • Wall and Specialty Installation
    • Repairs and Maintenance

Concrete Polishing

Concrete Polishing is the act of mechanically refining a concrete floor surface, with or without aggregate exposure, achieving the desired finished sheen level from satin to high-gloss. When the existing concrete is in such poor condition (cracks, spalling, pitted, out of level) that polishing would look undesirable, a polished overlay is the solution.

Polished overlays also offer distinct qualities that can’t be achieved by polishing existing concrete, such as the ability to create a white polished concrete floor, a very uniform and predictable finish, and an even distribution of exposed aggregate.

  • Concrete Polishing training details

    • Understanding the chemistry of concrete
    • Equipment operation and maintenance
    • Wet vs. Dry polishing
    • Types of diamond tooling
    • Slab evaluation
    • Surface preparation and existing coating removal
    • Grit selection
    • Aggregate exposure from salt & pepper to coarse
    • Dust Containment
    • Crack and Joint treatments
    • Stains, dyes, and stencils
    • Applying densifiers and guard products
    • Distinction of Image Meter
    • Gloss Meter