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The rise of the Master Installer

The Academy for Excellence in Flooring can now boast that nigh-on 200 certified and highly qualified Master Installers are enjoying the benefits of being aligned to one of the most powerful brands in the business.

As the Academy gears up to for new one-day courses designed to polish skills and a new course geared towards better sales, the Master Installer scheme still remains very much at the heart of its operation.

“When we opened the Academy we envisioned that in a few years time there would be Master Installers offering the very highest standards of workmanship right across the UK and it is really satisfying to know that we are well on our way,” says Lee Thompson, procurement and technical manager. “Able to offer an exclusive manufacturer-supported warranty on their work, Master Installers are also enjoying the benefits that this brings, including more and more work and recommendations from customers.

The Quick-Step Master Installer course sees an intensive three-day programme of activities all designed to educate and test the skills of experienced installers. On a pass or fail basis, the course covers every aspect of wood and laminate (or LVT) installation from sub-floor preparation to fitting profiles and snagging, ensuring that those wearing the badge are considered to be some of the best in the industry.

With new one-day courses that promise to hone skills and knowledge for installers tight on time on specialist topics, the Academy is ensuring it provides the UK flooring industry with training that can accommodate hectic schedules while also improving standards across the industry. Married to the ability for tailored courses, as well as the introduction of a one-day sales focused course, 2015 looks to be an exceptionally busy year for the Manchester facility.

Along with this new content, the Academy runs a foundation course and specialist wood sanding and finishing. With content geared towards residential installers with Quick-Step and commercial installers with Pergo, the Academy is the UK’s foremost training centre for the installation of wood, laminate and luxury vinyl flooring.

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