Fastener Training Institute®

Certified Fastener Specialistâ„¢ Training

  • The Certified Fastener Specialist advanced technical training program was created in 1998.

  • More than 1,000 students have participated in the program since its inception and we now have more than 650 graduates.

  • To receive the CFS designation, students must complete seven full-day training sessions offered throughout the year or the week-long intensive version and pass a final take-home exam at the end of the training.

  • Classes do not need to be taken in sequence. If a class is missed, it can be made up the following year.

  • Dates for each class offered are listed on the Schedule of Courses page. Click on a class to view the course details and to register online.

  • Upon completion of the CFS program and passing the exam, students receive an engraved plaque designating their certification as a fastener specialist, according to the requirements established by the Fastener Training Institute.

  • Classes are taught by recognized industry specialists and include every-day hands-on case studies and lots of real-life information. Not generalities: just the facts, the technical facts.


Given the advanced technical nature of this series of programs, it is highly recommended that participants:

  • Have at least two years’ experience in fastener sales, purchasing, manufacturing or quality assurance OR

  • Have completed FTI’s Product Training Program (a series of three full-day seminars for people new to the fastener industry).


Books, documentation and other training materials are provided, however, for some of the seminars each participating company will be required to bring its own copy of:

  • IFI Fastener Standards, 8th or 9th edition

Classes Required for the CFS Designation

  • Fastener Manufacturing Plant Tour
  • Fastener Secondary Processes Plant Tour
  • Fastener Specifications & Terminology
  • Understanding the Bolted Joint
  • Dimensional & Material Specifications
  • Fastener Quality Assurance
  • Fastener Testing


  • Fastener Training Week

Fastener Training Week Cleveland 04-02-18

What Our Students Have To Say

  • Great seminar! Looking forward to the next one.

  • This one (Fastener Testing) was great, mostly because of the volume of information and things to see, plus the fact that everyone there really seemed interested in doing a good job of helping us understand.

  • We had a great time learning. When it is fun and interesting we learn more and will remember longer.

  • What did I like best? Small class size, the instructors’ attentiveness to questions and the instructional material.

  • Speakers are very down-to-earth and take their time to answer any questions. Lots of info in the binder.


Salim Brahimi is Director of Engineering Technology for the Industrial Fasteners Institute (IFI) and president of IBECA Technologies, a consulting firm that provides engineering and business process improvement services. He is a licensed member of the Quebec Order of Professional Engineers and is an active voting member of numerous ASTM, SAE, IFI, and ISO standards and technical committees. In May 2004, he was awarded the Fred F. Weingruber Award, bestowed by ASTM Committee F16 for his outstanding contributions to the development of fastener standards, especially in the field of hydrogen embrittlement. Mr. Brahimi is also currently completing a doctorate at McGill University in Montreal on the topic of fastener hydrogen embrittlement.

Laurence Claus is president of NNi Training and Consulting, Inc., a consultancy company serving fastener manufacturers, distributors, and automotive suppliers. With over 25 years of experience in the fastener industry, he is knowledgeable in the manufacture and use of automotive, industrial, and aerospace fasteners. He is a degreed Mechanical Engineer and participates in the technical standards activity of the IFI, SAE, ISO, ASME, ASTM, and NASC. Mr. Claus is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

Carmen Vertullo CFS is the founder of CarVer Consulting, a San Diego-based consulting, engineering and training company specializing in fasteners and bolted joints. He has experience in fastener quality assurance, manufacturing, sales, and inventory management programs. He has developed and teaches a series of advanced fastener training classes for the Fastener Training Institute. Mr. Vertullo is a Certified Fastener Specialist through FTI, and he holds a BS in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from National University, San Diego, CA.


The holder of the “Certified Fastener Specialist (CFS)” designation has successfully completed an advanced technical training program on fasteners, in accordance with rigorous requirements established by the Fastener Training Institute. The CFS certification is an indication of the commitment and qualifications of the holder, but should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional engineering or applications advice and/or specifications. Consult a qualified professional engineer or the manufacturer for professional advice concerning applications or specifications.