FITA Training Courses
Suitable for Domestic Installers
Carpet Fitting - Basic Carpet Fitting - Intermediate Natural Floorcoverings Profitable Measuring and Quoting Sheet Vinyl Installation - Domestic Subfloor Preparation - Domestic View all courses...
Suitable for Commercial Installers
Cost Effective Estimating and Planning (Commercial) Linoleum Installation - Intermediate QA Resilient Sheet Sheet Vinyl - Wetrooms Installation - Advanced Sheet Vinyl Installation - Commercial - Advanced Sheet Vinyl Installation - Commercial - Basic/Intermediate Subfloor Preparation - Commercial View all courses...
Suitable for Domestic & Commercial Installers
Carpet - Borders Carpet Fitting - Advanced Laminate and Floating Wood Fitting - Basic Linoleum Installation - Basic Moisture - Preventing Floor Failures Resilient / Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) Fitting - Advanced Resilient / Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) Fitting - Basic Resilient / Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) Fitting - Intermediate Wood Fitting - Advanced Wood Fitting - Intermediate Wood Sanding and Finishing View all courses...
FITA QA Assessments
QA Card Carpet Tile Installation QA Card Floating Timber Installation QA Card Sheet Vinyl Installation QA Card Subfloor Preparation QA Card Vinyl Tile Installation QA Card Wood Sanding and Finishing View all courses...
FITA - Proud Sponsors of Carpet Fitter of the Year 2018(Originally posted: 26th April 2018)
Congratulations to the semi-finalists of Carpet Fitter of the Year 2018:
Darren Ash – Alfrick, Worcestershire
Jason Draper - Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire
Dan Evans – Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
Paul Finch – Wantage, Oxfordshire
Chris Groome – Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Jamie Hunt – Naphill, Buckinghamshire
Dan Jones – Telford, West Midlands
Richard Long – Dundee, Angus
Jamie Nelson – Kirkcolm, Wigtownshire
Tony Newall – Coatbridge, Lanarkshire
Dean Riley – Newport, Gwent
Philip Stock – Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Sam Willis – Paignton, Devon
John Wright - Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire
Good luck to you all!
2 more courses scheduled for Kirkcaldy(Originally posted: 25th April 2018)
We are delighted to annouce that we have scheduled another course and also a carpet workshop to take place in Kirkcaldy, Scotland in August 2018.
The Sheet Vinyl Installation - Domestic course will take place over 2 days, Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 August. Cost per person is £414.00* plus VAT.
The Carpet Workshop - Joins will take place on Thursday 16 August. Cost per person is £210.00* plus VAT.
*CFA and NICF members are eligible for 15% discount.
If you would like to book, either call us on 0115 950 6836 or complete and return a booking form.
Book now to avoid disappointment!
Welcome to Junckers Ltd(Originally posted: 16th April 2018)
FITA is delighted to welcome Junckers Ltd as Premier Sponsors. Thank you for your support.
FITA Launches Training in Scotland: First course in May(Originally posted: 23rd March 2018)
FITA Launches Training in Scotland: First course in May
FITA is delighted to announce that it has a new training venue in Scotland in conjunction with Forbo Flooring UK Ltd, with the first courses taking place in May 2018.
FITA’s Training Centre in Loughborough benefits from its central midlands location as it is easy to travel to from a significant proportion of the UK. It is, however, a long way to travel from Scotland: a consideration that the FITA team have been pondering on for some time.
Scottish floorlayers are obviously as keen to train and upskill as any floorlayers south of the border and we have received repeated requests to provide training in Scotland. The FITA team are, therefore, very pleased to announce the launch of FITA courses at Forbo’s laying school in Kirkcaldy following extremely positive discussions with Forbo over the last 6 months.
The first course to run in Kirkcaldy will be Sheet Vinyl – Wetrooms Installation on 1-2 May 2018. This is a 2 day advanced course suitable for commercial installers.
Following this there will be a Linoleum Installation - Basic course on 3-4 May 2018. This is a basic level course which is suitable for both domestic and commercial installers.
The cost for each 2-day course is £414 + VAT.
(Both CFA and NICF members benefit from 15% discount.)
Details of future courses will be added to our website as soon as new dates are released.
The FITA team is available to take bookings over the telephone on 0115 950 6836 or click here to download a booking form.
FITA Office - Christmas Holiday Dates 2017(Originally posted: 22nd December 2017)
The FITA office will close for the Christmas holidays from 1.00pm on Friday 22 December 2017 and will reopen on Tuesday 2 January 2018.
We wish all our members and industry colleagues a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Demo zones at The Flooring Show 2017(Originally posted: 17th August 2017)
FITA Demonstration Zones – The Flooring Show, Harrogate - 2017
Overview of Demo Schedule for all three days - Sunday 17 September to Tuesday 19 September
(NOTE – Demos will probably cease at approx 2:00pm on Tues 19th depending on visitor numbers)
Zone 1 – Hall B - Subfloor / Tool Demo’s
|10:00||Moisture measurement and equipment|
|10:30||DPM’s and Fast Track DPMs|
|11:30||Fabricated Underlay Templating|
|12:30||Fabricated Underlay Joints and Other Repairs|
|13:00||Smoothing Compounds – Core Products|
|13:45||Specialist Subfloor Preparation|
|14:30||Tools for the Floor Layer|
Zone 2 – Hall Q - Floor Finishes Demo’s
|10:30||Carpet Stretch Fit Installation|
|11:00||Carpet Installation - Stairs and Bullnose|
|12:15||Installation of Domestic Vinyl Flooring|
|13:00||Commercial Resilient Flooring Installation (Flat Area)|
|13:45||Cap and Cove including welding|
|14:15||Luxury Vinyl Tile Installation|
|15:15||Laminate and Floating Wood Installation|
|15:45||Carpet Tile Installation|
Come along, meet the team and see what's new for this year - see you there!
Mapei - new Premier sponsors of FITA(Originally posted: 10th March 2017)
FITA is delighted to welcome new Premier sponsors Mapei UK Ltd.
FITA hosting demo zone at Surface and Material Show(Originally posted: 14th October 2016)
FITA Hosting Demo Zone at Surface and Materials Show
NEC Birmingham, 18-20 October 2016
FITA enjoys an enormous amount of support from manufacturers involved in the flooring industry and it’s increasingly easy to see why. Adding to the traditional and annual programme at Harrogate, FITA is also this year hosting a demo zone at the Surface and Materials Show which is taking place at the NEC, Birmingham from 18-20 October and is part of the larger UK Construction Week event.
FITA will be working with its sponsors and supporters to give a flavour of how to achieve the best results with a variety of flooring products and materials.
We would be delighted to welcome you to come along and watch the demos - the show is Free to attend - UK Construction Week brings you 9 shows under one roof — Click here to get your free ticket to the show.
The demo programme is as follows for all 3 days of the event:
Morning session - Subfloor Preparation
10:00 Moisture Measurement and how to overcome / DPM’s and Moisture Suppressants
10:30 Repair and Patching Mortars / Smoothing Compounds
Afternoon session - Floorlaying and Carpet Installation
13:00 Vinyl Installation - including Welding
14.00 Carpet Installation including:
- Preparation/Grippers/Door Bars and Underlay
- Stretch fit including Power Stretching
- Carpet Joins
FITA sponsors featured in the demos at this event are:
ARDEX UK Ltd, Bostik Ltd, CFJ, F Ball & Co Ltd, Festool, Forbo Flooring UK Ltd, Hanson Plywood Ltd, Interface, Itec Contract Floors, Karndean Designflooring, Polyflor Ltd, Spotnails Ltd, Steinel UK Ltd, Tramex Ltd, Unifloor BV, Uzin Ltd.
If you would like your products featured at exhibitions please get in touch with us at the FITA office on 0115 950 6836 or email email@example.com
FITA Instructor Day - 7 April 2016(Originally posted: 29th April 2016)
Keeping up to date on the latest developments with products and laying techniques is vitally important in keeping FITA's specialist training and assessment offer at the cutting edge of floorlaying skills development.
A regular event, our 'Instructor Day' is a great opportunity to get all of our instructors together to share best practice and hear from leading manufacturers on the best ways to ensure quality installations in both the contract and domestic flooring markets, helping to maintain the excellent feedback we receive from delegates.
Chief Instructor Steve Ramsden commented “this was one of the best instructor days that has taken place at FITA so far, with the team learning a great deal of new and very relevant information which we can now impart to carpet fitters and floorlayers who attend FITA courses helping to maintain quality, efficiency and delegate satisfaction”
Mick O'Flynn - CFA's Training Manager said “we would sincerely like to thank Jewel Blade Ltd, Tramex Ltd, Uzin Ltd and Wolff Tools for their excellent updates at our instructor day, as working closely with these leading manufacturers provides enormous benefits to FITA keeping our courses ahead of the game, ensuring that the people we train have the latest product knowledge and skills in application available, keeping quality and customer satisfaction at the top of the agenda”.
FITA now works with 12 instructors and we would also like to thank Alan Gayle of A G Flooring Ltd (Chairman of FITA) and Tony Mathe (President of the CFA) who attended the day. So not only was the the event beneficial to those who attended, but as with many things connected to FITA, it allowed the manufacturers involved to reach an influential and target audience.
If any other manufacturers would like to become sponsors of FITA and have tools or materials that they would like us to consider using on courses, please contact Mick O'Flynn on 07754 0152215 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone who is interested in attending one of the many courses on offer at FITA and benefiting from the very latest fitting techniques can contact FITA on 0115 950 6836 or email email@example.com.
Welcome to our new Official Sponsors Itec Contract Floors(Originally posted: 3rd August 2015)
FITA is delighted to confirm that Itec Contract Floors are 'Official' sponsors of FITA.
Competition - Win a Festool Midi Extractor and an Amazon voucher(Originally posted: 10th September 2014)
Introducing the newest member of our team - the FITA dog.
New in the office, the loveable pup is ready for his challenge, and that is to travel the country, maybe the world, spreading word of 'The FITA Way'!
Unfortunately he comes un-named, and there lies our dilemma. Try as we might we cannot agree on a name for him, so we are asking you to ‘paws’ for a moment and then put forward your suggestions.
Either tweet your suggestion to @fita_training, or pop your idea onto the back of your business card and drop it off at our Demo stand in Hall B at The Flooring Show in Harrogate (21-23 September). The competition will close at 5pm on 23 September.
All entries will be put into our prize draw and the winning name and entrant will be announced on the 26 September - as well as having the honour of naming FITA dog, you will also receive a Festool Midi Extractor along with a £30 AMAZON voucher.
Thank you to Festool for the kind donation of the prize for this competition.
FITA offers Impervious NVQ with training included(Originally posted: 28th April 2014)
FITA is pleased to announce that it is now able to offer a route to an NVQ in installation of Impervious flooring which includes 6 days of training. This programme is called the Specialist Up-skilling Programme or 'SUP' and has been developed in conjunction with the CFA and the CITB.
Who is a SUP designed for?
• Experienced fitters to gain an NVQ level 2 in impervious (sheet vinyl) flooring.
• The SUP is not available to new industry entrants.
• Eligibility criteria relating to existing qualifications may apply.
Why does a fitter need an NVQ level 2?
• Like any qualification, an NVQ is used by industry, employers and clients to give an indication of competence.
• An NVQ level 2 is also a requirement when obtaining a blue CSCS card.
The blue CSCS card is the correct card for an experienced worker fitting floors and CSCS have recently announced that from July 2014 the green “labourers” card will require a separate (non flooring related) qualification.
Why is a SUP different to other routes to an NVQ level 2?
• The SUP includes 6 days of formal training delivered by FITA. Three blocks of two days providing underpinning knowledge to help the fitter being assessed to pass the NVQ assessment.
• Once the training has been completed, an onsite assessment will be carried out with the aim of awarding an NVQ level 2.
How long does the whole process take?
• The SUP training is designed to fit around the busy lives of fitters and contractors.
• The whole process must be completed within twelve months.
How much does it cost?
• The SUP costs £2200 per person and is delivered by FITA. VAT does not apply if funded.
• CITB Levy paying companies can claim back £2625.
• Available for non funded companies but the cost from FITA remains at £2200 + VAT per person.
• CFA discounts for FITA courses do not apply.
For more information please contact the FITA office on 0115 950 6836 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FITA welcomes three new sponsors(Originally posted: 28th April 2014)
FITA is delighted to welcome three new sponsors:
Festool (TTG Tooltechnic Systems GB Ltd)
Hanson Plywood Ltd
Ultrafloor/Instarmac Group PLC
Welcome to our new Sponsors(Originally posted: 15th February 2013)
FITA would like to welcome its newest sponsors - Uzin Ltd.
FITA shortlisted for Recofloor award(Originally posted: 6th February 2013)
FITA has been shortlisted for the Recofloor Specialist Award.
Everyone at FITA is thrilled that it has been shortlisted for the award and we look forward to the results being announced in due course.
Welcome to our new Sponsors(Originally posted: 6th February 2013)
FITA is delighted to welcome four new Sponsors as follows:
ARDEX UK Ltd - Premier Sponsors
Forbo Flooring UK Ltd - Premier Sponsors
Itec Contract Floors - Premier Sponsors
Personna - Official Sponsors
FITA would like to thank all it's Sponsors for their support, all of which goes to making FITA courses of such high quality.
NEW - Linoleum Installation Course launched(Originally posted: 6th February 2013)
FITA has recently launched two new courses for linoleum installation at basic and intermediate levels. Both courses are two days in duration.
Full details of the course programmes can be found in the courses section of this website.
FITA Launches Industry Accreditation at Harrogate Floor Show(Originally posted: 30th August 2011)
Introducing the FITA QA Card. A quality accreditation for UK commercial floor fitters. The card will be launched at The Harrogate Flooring Show at 11:30 on Sunday 4th September in Hall B.
Many professional trades are covered by industry standards to ensure that work is completed safely and to a high standard. For gas fitters there is the Gas Safe register and for electricians there is the NICEIC. FITA has joined together with leading suppliers to develop the commercial flooring industry equivalent. The FITA - QA Card.
The accreditation is designed to:
- Provide Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for fitters
- Provide an Independent industry accreditation for fitters
- Provide reassurance to the client
- Keep floor fitters up to date with industry developments
Clients demand that professionals are both qualified and then assessed on a regular basis to keep the level of their skills high. The FITA QA card goes beyond NVQ and CSCS cards to contribute towards CPD. Working in commercial environments is demanding and conditions are often less than perfect, keeping up to date with new techniques, materials and tools is imperative.
How will FITA deliver the accreditation?
The FITA QA card has been broken down in to a series of modules to ensure that specific competencies can easily be measured and assessed. There are both practical and theoretical parts to each module to ensure thorough high quality assessment. There are one day assessments in the following subjects:
- Subfloor Preparation*
- Vinyl Tile
- Carpet Tile
- Resilient Sheet
- Adhered Carpet
- Floating Timber
*FITA recommends that all fitters complete the subfloor preparation module.
On successfully completing the assessment the QA Card will be issued, (point to banner) highlighting which modules have been passed. This not only provides a quick check (on site if required) for any Contractor or Client wanting to identify a FITA assessed installer, but also an important addition to any fitters CV and a unique selling point (USP) for businesses that employ them
The FITA website will give access to details of contractors that use QA fitters and also importantly has the facility to check the validity of fitters who hold the QA Card. As with the M&S programme, it will come as no surprise that the CFA would always recommend that any company approached through this scheme not only use FITA accredited installers, but also CFA members.
Following the launch at Harrogate, further details of the assessments modules, dates, prices etc will be released through this website, CFJ and other marketing items.
If you would like to be kept up date, please send an email to email@example.com
FITA Provides Demo Zone at Harrogate Floor Show 4-6 September 2011(Originally posted: 13th July 2010)
FITA is delighted to announce that we are again hosting the main flooring demonstration zone at the 2011 Harrogate floor show. Featuring products from FITA sponsors and show exhibitors we have an interesting mix of systems products and innovation that we are looking forward to showcasing.
The current prgramme for the demo zone is as follows:
10.00 am Carpet – Stretch fit with join
11.30 am Launch of Commercial Installer Accreditation Card
1.00 pm Sub-floor preparation
2.30 pm Resilient Flooring (commercial) including cold welding
4.00 pm Sub-floor renovation system
10.00 am Carpet – Stretch fit with join
11.30 am Laminate Flooring
1.00 pm Sub-floor preparation
2.30pm Sub-floor renovation system
3.30 pm Resilient Flooring
10.00 am Carpet – Stretch fit with join
11.30 am Floating Solid Wood Flooring
1.00 pm Entrance Matting System
2:00 pm Sub-floor preparation
2011/2012 - new dates available(Originally posted: 9th June 2010)
New dates have been added to our course schedule up to August 2012.
M&S use FITA to assess floor layers(Originally posted: 7th January 2010)
Following consultation in the summer of 2009, we are delighted to announce that leading high street retailer Marks and Spencer (M&S) decided to use FITA to carry out assessments on installers who will fit floors in their premises for their ongoing programme in 2010.
Part of their wider Flooring Improvement Programme which also requires all companies employed to be CFA members M&S Construction Standards Manager Matt Edgell made the following comments regarding the objectives and experience of working with both FITA and the CFA:
“As part of a significant drive in 2009 to identify and eliminate a large number of poor quality flooring installation in its stores, M&S established a team whose challenge was to remove the identified issues. This challenge led to the development of a ten point Flooring Improvement Programme fully supported by the flooring industry itself.
As part of our improvement programme we wanted to establish a baseline of competency that all floor layers working in M&S Stores achieved. This is the area that the Flooring Industry Training Association (FITA) were able to assist. Working with FITA, we developed a four module assessment programme that utilised their centrally located, fully equipped training centre. On our behalf FITA were able to assess the competency of and to demonstrate best practice to a group of 44 pre-selected floor layers in a 5 week period in November and December 2009. We have been impressed by FITA's ability to successfully co-ordinate and manage this assessment programme taking into account the flexibility required when dealing with floor layers from multiple organisations throughout the UK.
Overall our experience of working with the CFA and FITA has been incredibly positive and we look forward to reaping the rewards of the relationship with an improved quality of installed floor.”
New Sponsors(Originally posted: 10th March 2008)
We would like to welcome new sponsors Karndean International Ltd and InterfaceFLOR to our list of Premier Sponsors.
Thank you to our new sponsors and also our long standing supporters.