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The Academy powers into a new sector at the Flooring Show

The Quick-Step Academy for Excellence in Flooring will be using the Flooring Show to lift the lid on a brand new identity, as it changes its name to the Academy for Excellence in Flooring Powered by Quick-Step and Pergo.

The new look is more than just a change of name and logo, with major developments behind the scenes too as it looks to cater for the needs of professionals working in both the contract and retail sectors. From now on, courses for the contract sector will be under the guise of Pergo, while those for the domestic installations will run under the household Quick-Step brand. Under this structure the academy will provide tailored content for installers, with the ultimate goal of becoming either a Pergo Master Pro Installer with the specialist skills required for the contract market, or a Quick-Step Master Installer best skilled to deliver outstanding quality in residential environments.

With the Quick-Step Master Installer scheme remaining unchanged, The Pergo Master Pro Installer course focuses on training experienced installers with a minimum two-years’ experience who have good technical knowledge. The Academy will use this experience as a foundation, while sharpening the unique skills and knowledge required to carry out wood and laminate flooring installation in pressured commercial environments.

Topics will include product knowledge and site conditions, as well as interpretation of plans, evaluation of environmental restrictions, standards and legislations, custom installations and replacement of damaged panels. In short, everything an experienced flooring installer may encounter in a contract environment. Having successfully completed the three-day course, candidates are supported by Pergo for three years, enjoying the benefits of recommendations and a warranty on work.

“The rebrand of the Academy is far more than just a surface change,” says Darren Robinson, training learning and development manager. “It represents a new set of ambitions for us that reflect the different demands placed upon installers by the contract and residential sectors, more accurately representing the diversity within our industry. Whether Master Pro Installer or Master Installer, the end result is always the same though, to ensure that standards within the industry are improved and to reward professionals committed to this improvement with a leading set of benefits.”

More details of all content on offer from the Academy, including wood, laminate and LVT courses can be discovered on stand B44 at The Flooring Show, September 21-23 at the Harrogate International Centre.

For further information, contact Quick-Step at www.quick-step-academy.co.uk

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