Badges & Certification

NWFA University recognizes the completion of a series of courses through digital badges. A badge is a digital representation of a learned skill, and contains digital content that can be shared on social media platforms. There are currently two ways to earn and claim a badge.

Installation Badges Badge Description
 

The earner of this certification has been recognized by the NWFA for possessing industry knowledge and expertise for installing hardwood floors. Being a Professional Installer with the NWFA means this person has committed to mastering the installation process and will continue to participate in ongoing education to maintain and grow his or her skill set.

The earner of this badge possesses an understanding of the basics of wood flooring, including the anatomy of hardwood and softwood trees, the life cycle of a tree from the forest to the floor, and the many types and differences between solid and engineered wood flooring. This knowledge is fundamental to understanding how to install wood flooring of all types.

The earner of this badge has demonstrated proficiency in maintaining a safe jobsite. Safety on the jobsite is imperative because it protects the installer and the consumer from harm and ultimately saves time and money.

The earner of this badge has demonstrated the ability to thoroughly evaluate the jobsite prior to installation. An understanding of how to properly assess the conditions of the jobsite is one of the most important elements to a successful wood floor installation.

The earner of this badge has demonstrated proficiency in evaluating and identifying concrete and wood subfloors. This includes moisture testing and moisture control, flatness tolerances, radiant heating considerations, and sound control underlayments. The ability to evaluate these subfloors is one of the most important skills an installer can possess because subfloors are key to a successful wood flooring installation.

The earner of this badge possesses an understanding of the all-important relationship between water and wood. This includes wood moisture testing, how to acclimate and condition wood flooring to the home environment, and the flooring issues that can develop due to an imbalance between moisture content and wood.

The earner of this badge possesses an understanding of the important relationship of moisture in concrete and how it can affect the wood floor. This includes the components and behavior of concrete, concrete moisture testing, and moisture inhibitors that are appropriate for use on a concrete subfloor.

The earner of this badge has demonstrated the ability to lay out working lines to guide a successful wood floor installation. A proper layout is key to installing all wood floors.

The earner of this badge has demonstrated proficiency implementing the glue-down installation process for wood flooring. This common installation method is used to install many types of wood floors over many different types of subflooring.

The earner of this badge has demonstrated proficiency implementing the nail-down installation process for wood flooring. Being able to use this common installation method will allow this individual to successfully install many types of wood floors and meet customer expectations.

The earner of this badge has demonstrated proficiency implementing the floating installation process for wood flooring. This common installation method is used to install many types of engineered wood floors in a variety of situations.

The earner of this badge has demonstrated proficiency implementing the board replacement process for repairing damaged wood flooring. The ability to replace an individual board or group of boards is a valuable skill for the installer to maintain when repairing wood floors.

The earner of this badge has demonstrated proficiency in laying out and installing patterned wood floors, including herringbone and other types of parquet wood flooring. Patterned or parquet wood flooring is a beautiful, historical flooring option for any commercial or residential space.


Sales Badges Badge Description
 

The earner of this certification has been recognized by the NWFA for possessing industry knowledge and expertise related to the sale of wood flooring. Being a Certified Sales Advisor with the NWFA means that the individual has committed to mastering an understanding of the fundamentals of wood flooring and issues that affect the industry and the consumer today. This individual has also committed to participating in continuing education as it relates to wood flooring to hone his or her industry knowledge.

The earner of this badge has demonstrated an understanding of the fundamentals of wood flooring, including history and current trends, the anatomy of hardwood and softwood trees, the life cycle of a tree from the forest to the floor, and how the saw cut of a log can affect the appearance and performance of wood flooring.

The earner of this badge has demonstrated proficient knowledge of the many types of wood flooring available to the consumer. This understanding will ultimately help the consumer to specify the best type of flooring for their use and ensure customer expectations are met.

The earner of this badge has demonstrated the ability to thoroughly evaluate the jobsite prior to installation. An understanding of how to properly assess the conditions of the jobsite is an important skill that allows the sales professional to meet customer expectations and directly contributes to a successful wood floor installation.

The earner of this badge has demonstrated proficient understanding of the relationship between moisture content and wood. This includes knowledge of proper acclimation and conditioning requirements, wood and concrete subfloor underlayments and moisture inhibitors, and moisture-related wood floor issues that can arise from an imbalanced relationship between moisture content and wood.

The earner of this badge has demonstrated proficient knowledge of the installation methods that can be used to install wood flooring, as well as attributes that must be considered prior to installation. This includes the nail-down, glue-down, and floating methods, as well as radiant heat and sound control considerations.

The earner of this badge has demonstrated the ability to assess the job to be completed and provide an appropriate bid to the consumer. This includes basic factors to consider in the bid, how to calculate the measurements of each room, and other comprehensive factors.

The earner of this badge has demonstrated knowledge of many of the key issues that affect the wood flooring industry today. This understanding will allow for the individual to thoroughly answer questions and provide assurance to the consumer regarding the maintenance and health and safety standards the products they are purchasing must meet.

The earner of this badge has demonstrated an understanding of the essential building blocks of sales, from the beginning stages of preparing for a sales call through following up with the customer after the sale has closed. These key skills will allow this individual to provide the consumer with a more trustworthy and satisfactory sales experience from start to finish.

The earner of this badge has demonstrated an understanding of the role of wood flooring with regards to renewability and sustainability, including the role of the United States Department of Agriculture's Forest Service, the purpose of The Lacey Act, and why wood flooring is considered a "green" product by reviewing the life cycle analysis for both engineered and solid wood flooring.

Individuals who have earned badges through NWFA University (after July 1, 2016)

Please visit the NWFA store to purchase your digital badge. Sign in to receive your member pricing of $35/badge. If you are interested in becoming certified in that area, please contact education@nwfa.org for information on bulk badge purchase discounts.

 

Grandfathered NWFA Certified Professionals (those who were certified previous to July 1, 2016)

After completing a learning path in your certification track, NWFA University support team will issue the badge you've earned. You will be sent an email through NWFA via Credly, our digital credential partner, containing your new badge. After creating an individual account with Credly, you will then be able to view and showcase this achievement.

 

For more information on how to accept and share your badge credit, click here.

Badges will serve as prerequisites to hands-on training, which will allow for more time to develop hands-on skills during on-site training. Some badges also require hands-on testing. You can find the available hands-on training opportunities here.

Engage with NWFAU to win a Lägler TRIO sander

 

Lägler has partnered with NWFA to promote NWFA University by donating a limited-edition carbon fiber TRIO sander, to be given away to one lucky user of NWFAU. For each earned badge an individual purchases, their name will be entered into the raffle for the carbon fiber TRIO sander. Only 10 of these special-edition machines were made to commemorate Lägler's 60th anniversary.


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