Visit Barry Costa’s carpet repair workshop at The Experience NOW to sign up.
Prep for your Assessment with the Free* Hands-On Carpet Repair Workshop
Barry Costa of Costa Goup Education brings his ALL HANDS ON Carpet Repair Workshop LIVE to The Experience Trade Show in Atlanta.
*This $199 valued workshop is FREE with your registration to The Experience!
There will be TWO extended sessions each focused on fine-tuning your performance skills of six common repairs that you are being hired to perform by homeowners, business owners, and insurance company representatives.
Tools will be supplied for the assessments and, for your convenience, will also be available for purchase so that you may leave this workshop and start making money! (Part of each tool sale will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training Program. Your purchase will not only help YOU make money but will also help rid the world of cancer!)
Workshop Session ONE
Thursday, April 26
8:30am to 10:20am
· Low Level Loop Carpet (direct glue down) as found in many commercial establishments
· Minor delamination repairs that MANY in the insurance industry are VERY INTERESTED in due to “right of repair over replacement”.
1. Surface Grafting repairs (immovable stains, cigarette burn, pulled rows, etc.)
2. Permanent Section, Direct Glue Down (tears, burns, stains, replacing a poorly executed repair by another vendor)
3. Delamination Repair of a cut-pile Saxony. I will GUARANTEE that the delamination repair will be STRONGER than the original carpet. Someone could win a crisp $100 bill from Barry Costa! Be there to find out how!
Workshop Session TWO
Friday, April 27
10:35am to 12:15am
· Patterned Berber with a tufted-in pattern and color pattern installed Stretch-in (over carpet cushion) as found in many homes. Cut pile Saxony carpet installed Stretch-in over re-bond carpet cushion.
1. Surface Grafting repairs (immovable stain, cigarette burn, pulled rows, etc.) on the patterned Berber.
2. Surface Grafting repairs (immovable stain, cigarette burn, etc.) on the Saxony.
3. Permanent Section (Bonded Insert) with a Hot-Glue Gun and/or Kool Glide™ Seaming System with the Saxony carpet over cushion.
What is the ICRA Assessment Program for certification? How does it differ from other certifications?
There are two parts to an ICRA certification: Cognitive and Performance.
The cognitive assessment is a written, multiple choice exam similar to what other organizations do to certify. In fact, if you currently hold the RRT certification with the IICRC, you have fulfilled ½ of your requirement as long as you go to www.icrassociation.org, go to Certification and Training, go to Recognition Program, then fill out the required forms with information as well as pay the $40 fee for ALL of your certifications to be recognized by ICRA.
What is the ICRA Tufted Carpet Repair Performance Assessment?
What skills will be assessed?
The Tufted Carpet Repair Performance Assessment consists of 6 different carpet repairs. 1) Surface Graft of a low level loop, direct gluedown; 2) Permanent Section (bonded insert) of a low level loop, direct gluedown; 3) Surface Graft of a Patterned Berber, stretch-in; 4) Surface Graft of a Cut-Pile Carpet, stretch-in; 5) Permanent Section (bonded insert) of a Cut-Pile Carpet, stretch-in with either a glue gun or Kool Glide ™; 6) Minor, accessible Delamination repair.
At The Experience in Clearwater Beach, FL, you will have a chance to have your Tufted Carpet Repair skills assessed during the trade show hours.
Monday 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Tuesday 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
How do I sign up to be assessed and what is the cost of assessment?
You can register with Meetings & Events for the Tufted Carpet Repair Assessment. If you are an ICRA member the cost of assessment is $149.00. If you are Not an ICRA member the cost of assessment is $199.00. Each repair will take approximately 30 to 40 minutes to complete. When you arrive at the Experience we will have a “sign-up” sheet for you to select which times during the show that you would like to be assessed. It is not necessary to be assessed on all 6 repairs at one time. You can break up the assessment over the 3 times that assessments will be performed. They can be done all at once or some each day on Monday, Tuesday and Weds. The sign-up will be on a first come, first serve basis however this format will allow you to enjoy the trade show and other activities while you are in at the show.
How difficult is it to pass the assessment?
NO ONE WILL FAIL!
You WILL be assessed on each repair at the conclusion of the performance assessment. The assessment is based upon three levels of performance: Entry, Capable or Proficient.
Entry level: the candidate will need constant supervision
Capable level: the candidate will need some supervision
Proficient level: the candidate is capable to performing the repair without supervision.
As an added benefit you WILL know what skills you are strong in and what skills need further practice.
Will there be a chance to practice BEFORE the assessment?
There will be hands-on practice for those involved in the Tufted carpet repair assessment. Hands on sessions are scheduled on:
Monday 10:15 to 12:15
Tuesday 10:30 to 12:00 noon
Wednesday 8:30 am to 10:40 am
Are there further opportunities available with ICRA?
If you test out as “Proficient” we are looking for Registered Assessors throughout the country to assess fellow professionals. This is a PAID position. For more information about this opportunity call Barry Costa at (603) 547-5006.
You will be some of the first to hold this level of certification in the industry and have a chance to get work with those looking specifically for this level and type of certification. The market is ripe!
For those of you that are interested in being assessed in carpet cleaning the Carpet Cleaning Performance Assessment that will take place on Thursday, April 27 from 8:30am to 5:00 pm.