FCITS, Flooring Inspectors

About the FCITS Instructor

FCITS Instructor Joe Denman

Joe Denman began his career in flooring in 1988 at Florstar sales in Chicago, Il. He was the Armstrong resilient sales representative covering Central & Southern Illinois territories. He was recruited by Galaxy Carpet Mills, Shaw Industries and Aladdin Carpet Mills, working for each as a Territory Manager.

Joe later went to work for his largest customer, Carpet Weaver’s, located in Bloomington, IL. He began there as Regional Manager of their five locations.  While there, Joe’s responsibilities included recruiting and hiring sales associates, creating and scheduling and managing the firm’s $1.2 million marketing budget. His Sales Training Program won a Mohawk Best Practices award. During his 17 years at Carpet Weaver’s, Joe served on the DuPont Dealer Council, Mohawk’s FloorScapes Dealer Advisory Council and Abbey’s Dealer Advisory Board. Carpet Weaver’s is ranked in the National Top 25 Independent Flooring Specialty Retailers.

In 2011, Joe founded FloorX Installations, a network of over one hundred installation companies providing over $5.5 million annually in installation services to Central Illinois flooring dealers. The company recently changed its name to Installerz Network to more accurately reflect the service it provides. Joe will continue as President and CEO of this company.

To better grasp product concerns relating to installation and manufacturing issues at FloorX/Installerz, Joe enrolled in FCITS’s Hard Surface and Carpet Inspector’s classes. Since that time, he has become an NWFA Certified Professional Inspector and today, maintains well over a dozen different certifications in the inspection field.  He received his WFCA Certified Flooring Executive (CFE) designation in 2014. The CFE designation is the highest designation offered by the World Floor Covering Association. Joe currently serves on the FCITS advisory board. In his six years as an inspector, Joe has personally performed over 1,400 flooring inspections.

Joe’s current certifications are as follows:

  1. FCITS – Master Flooring Inspector
  2. NALFA – Certified Laminate Inspector
  3. NWFA – Certified Wood Flooring Inspector
  4. CFI – Certified Installation Inspector
  5. FCITS – Certified Hard Surface Inspector
  6. FCITS – Certified Carpet Inspector
  7. FCITS – Certified Commercial Carpet Inspector
  8. FCITS – Concrete and Vapor Emissions Testing
  9. IICRC – Certified Master Textile Cleaner
  10. IICRC – Certified Journeyman Textile Cleaner
  11. IICRC – Certified Carpet Cleaner
  12. IICRC – Certified Flooring Technician
  13. IICRC – Certified in Color Repair
  14. IICRC – Certified in Odor Control
  15. IICRC – Certified in Carpet Repairs & Re-Installation
  16. CRI – Seal of Approval Service Provider
  17. ITS – Commercial Carpet Inspector
  18. WFCA – Certified Flooring Executive

Joe prides himself on attending industry events and continuing his education in his fields of endeavor. Since becoming an inspector, he has attended the following classes and events:

IICRC Carpet Repair & Reinstallation January 2010
Surfaces Flooring Trade Show January 2011
Floor Covering Inspectors Symposium January 2011
NALFA Laminate Certification Class October 2011
NICFI Convention October 2011
Surfaces Flooring Trade Show January 2012
Floor Covering Inspectors Symposium January 2012
CFI Installation Inspector Certification June 2012
National Wood Flooring Association Inspector Certification September 2012
Surfaces Flooring Trade Show January 2013
Understanding and Ending Moisture-Related Problems January 2013
Proper Substrate Preparation for Hardwood, Bamboo & Laminate January 2013
Avoiding Problems with Floor Covering January 2013
Installation Failures & Solutions: Carpet & Vinyl January 2013
Installation Failures & Solutions: Hardwood January 2013
Installations Failures & Solutions: Ceramic Tile January 2013
Certificate of Completion for Commercial Inspections July 2013
FCITS Inspectors Expo July 2013
NWFA Utilizing Testing Laboratories November 2013
NWFA Engineered Wood Flooring November 2013
NWFA Bamboo Workshop November 2013
Surfaces Flooring Trade Show January 2014
Floor Inspectors Educational Guild March 2014
NICFI Continuing Education Conference October 2014
NWFA Environmental Effects on Wood Flooring November 2014
NWFA Moisture Testing Workshop November 2014
NWFA Real World Inspection Scenarios November 2014
NWFA Legal Responsibilities November 2014
Surfaces Flooring Trade Show January 2015
Floor Covering Inspectors Symposium January 2015
FCITS Recertification Class January 2015
Color Correction Class February 2015
NICFI Conference October 2015
Surface 2016 Trade Show January 2016
FCITS Continuing Education January 2016
10 Steps to Ending Moisture-Related Flooring Problems January 2016
A Look at the Latest Flooring Failure Case Studies January 2016
Do It Right or Do It Over! - Preparing Concrete to Receive Finish Flooring January 2016
Floorcovering Inspector's Symposium Part 1 January 2016
Floorcovering Inspector's Symposium Part 2 January 2016
Avoid an Installation Headache: Tile Installation Failures & Cures January 2016
The Latest in Effective Flooring Claims Management January 2016
Handle with Care: Guide to Wood Floor Care & Maintenance January 2016
Contractor & Installer Forum: Exploring 's Challenges & Opportunities January 2016
Floor Educational Guild – Carpet Conference April 2016
Inspector Training Services – Commercial Carpet Inspection April 2016
FCITS Inspectors Expo July 2016
NICFI Conference October 2016
Inspectors Guild Event October 2016
Mohawk Inspector Summit October 2016
Surfaces Trade Show January 2017
FCITS Masters Class May 2017