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About Certified Installers & Sand & Finishers

Becoming an NWFACP Certified Installer or Certified Sand & Finisher validates your wood flooring knowledge and expertise. More than 40 manufacturers recommend using an NWFA Certified Professional when installing their wood flooring products.

NWFACPs have access to the use of the NWFACP logo on all promotional materials and are listed prominently in the Hardwood Floors Magazine Resource Book and the NWFA consumer site, www.woodfloors.org.

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Install/Sand & Finish Certification Benefits

  • One, $200 voucher for NWFA hands-on training, received after renewing your certification dues.
  • Exclusive use of NWFACP logo for van decals/business cards/company shirts/brochures.
  • Prominent listing in NWFA Industry Guide as NWFA Certified Professional.
  • New business generated by being listed on the NWFA consumer website.
  • Professional credibility to customers, industry professionals, and for appearances in court.
  • Manufacturer recommendations to install/apply their product (over 45 manufacturers already recommending the use of a NWFACP Certified Professional in their guidelines).
  • Access to NWFA University (NWFAU) Online Installation/Sand & Finish Training Track 24/7 when you maintain the Certified Installer/Sand & Finisher status.
  • Access to promotional materials, such as NWFAU badges, to advertise your certified status on social channels and personal website.
  • Access to NWFA scholarships for NWFA educational events to help meet your CCU requirements.
  • Access to the most current NWFA technical publications to give you assurance of having the most up to date information.
  • Certification license card, certificate, and pin to display for customers to see.
  • Social network on NWFA website (exclusive to CPs) to network with other CPs.
  • Ability to serve on committees as a recognized industry expert.
  • Potential to become NWFA School instructor.
  • Potential to excel your career into other facets of the wood flooring industry.

Certification Prerequisites, Testing, & Maintenance

To be eligible for installation testing, you must have three years of wood flooring installation experience and successfully completed an NWFA Intermediate or Advance Training event. For sand & finish testing, three years of experience is required as well as successful completion of NWFA Intermediate or Advanced Training. All NWFACPs are expected to abide by the Standard of Conduct.

Separate hands-on tests are required for each certification. The hands-on test may be taken at a qualifying NWFA training event. 

Separate online tests are required for each certification through NWFAU. For $400, the NWFAU Install or Sand & Finish Certification package includes:

    • NWFAU Install or S&F Training & Testing.
    • 12 or 13 badges.
    • Hands-on testing.
    • Certification for one year.

The steps to earn NWFA Installation Certification include:

  1. Have 3 years of experience with installing hardwood floors.
  2. Be a member of NWFA in good standing.
  3. Complete and pass the NWFA University (NWFAU) Online Installation Track Training & Testing ($400).
  4. Attend 3-day NWFA Intermediate or Advanced Installation Training.
  5. Complete Hands-On Testing on the day following either training event, demonstrating skills in 5 areas:
    • Engineered wood floor glue-down over concrete subfloor.
    • Solid wood nail-down on wood subfloor.
    • Dry lay of patterned floor.
    • Replace a board in an existing floor.
    • Install floating floor over concrete slab.
  6. Sign Certified Installer Code of Conduct.

The steps to earn NWFA Sand & Finish Certification include:

  1. Have 3 years of experience with sanding & finishing hardwood floors.
  2. Be a member of NWFA in good standing.
  3. Complete and pass the NWFA University (NWFAU) Online Sand & Finish Track Training & Testing ($400).
  4. Attend 3-day NWFA Intermediate or Advanced Sand & Finish Training.
  5. Complete Hands-On Testing on the day following either training event, demonstrating skills in 4 areas:
    • Rough sanding unfinished strip flooring.
    • Finish sanding and applying stain coat.
    • Apply seal coat.
    • Prepare and final coat a prefinished or previously finished strip floor.
  6. Sign Certified Sand & Finisher Code of Conduct.

Install/S&F annual maintenance requirements:

  1. Company must maintain NWFA membership.
  2. Pay annual CI/CSF dues:
    • Installer or Sand & Finisher - $100.
    • Installer and Sand & Finisher - $175.
  3. Completion of 3 Continuing Certification Units (CCUs).
    • Must complete 3 CCUs by June 30th of each year; no rollover credits allowed.

To maintain the certification, three continuing certification units (CCUs) are required every year, as well as annual certification dues. CCUs are earned by completing courses online with NWFAU, and attending NWFA-approved training, the NWFACP Symposium, and the NWFA Wood Flooring Expo.

For more information about NWFACP, contact Sharon Schaller at sharon.schaller@nwfa.org or 800.422.4556.


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