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become a certified professional

The NWFA offers the following certifications through our Certification Program, developed to recognize and promote competence of wood flooring professionals throughout the industry.

Learn more about the requirements to become an NWFA Certified Professional:

Certified Sales Advisor

  • Be a member of NWFA in good standing.
  • Complete NWFA University Online Sales Track.
  • Sign Certified Sales Advisor Code of Conduct.

 

Certified Installer

  • Be a member of the NWFA in good standing.
  • Have 3 years of experience installing hardwood floors.
  • Complete and pass the NWFA University Online Installation Track, training & testing.
  • Attend NWFA Intermediate Installation training.
  • Complete hands-on testing on the day following the training event.
  • Sign Certified Installer Code of Conduct.

 

Certified Sand & Finisher

  • Be a member of the NWFA in good standing.
  • Have 3 years of experience sanding and finishing hardwood floors.
  • Complete and pass the NWFA University Online Sand & Finish Track, training & testing.
  • Attend NWFA Intermediate Sand & Finish training.
  • Complete hands-on testing on the day following the training event.
  • Sign Certified Sand & Finisher Code of Conduct.

 

Certified Wood Flooring Inspector

  • Be a member of the NWFA in good standing.
  • Attend NWFA Basic Installation and Basic Sand & Finish training (may be bypassed with 3 years validated experience).
  • Attend NWFA Intermediate Installation and Intermediate Sand & Finish training.
  • Complete NWFA University Install, Sand & Finish, and Manufacturing online courses.
  • Complete and pass NWFACP Inspector Test through NWFAU.
  • Attend NWFA Inspector School.
  • Submit and pass two Inspection Report Scenarios with data collected during the NWFA Inspector School.
  • Sign NWFACP Inspector Code of Conduct Agreement.

 

Certified Craftsman

  • Be a member of the NWFA in good standing.
  • Be an NWFA Certified Installer for a minimum of one year.
  • Be an NWFA Certified Sand & Finisher for a minimum of one year.
  • Complete the application and gain approval for four of the seven following specialty skill sets: Circular/Curved Application, Color & Finish, Marquetry/Inlay, Medallions, Parquetry, Textured Wood, and Wood Bending.

 

Certified Master Craftsman

  • Be an NWFA Certified Craftsman.
  • Attend NWFA Inspector School.
  • Complete the application and gain approval for all of the seven following specialty skill sets: Circular/Curved Application, Color & Finish, Marquetry/Inlay, Medallions, Parquetry, Textured Wood, and Wood Bending.
  • Submit a final exam project, to be judged for final approval.

 

maintain your certification

Stay up to date with industry standards and continuing education to keep your status as an expert in your field. Each certification has annual maintenance requirements.

Learn more about the requirements specific to your certification:

 

Certified Sales Advisor

  • Company must maintain NWFA membership.
  • Pay annual Certified Sales Advisor (CSA) dues of $50.
  • Complete three Continuing Certification Units (CCUs) by June 30 of each year.

 

Certified Installer and/or Sand & Finisher

  • Company must maintain NWFA membership.
  • Pay annual Certified Installer (CI) and/or Certified Sand & Finisher (CSF) dues.
    • Installer or Sand & Finisher: $100 
    • Installer and Sand & Finisher: $175
  • Complete three Continuing Certification Units (CCUs) by June 30 of each year.

 

Certified Wood Flooring Inspector

  • Company must maintain NWFA membership.
  • Pay annual Certified Wood Flooring Inspector (CWFI) dues of $200.
  • Submit and gain approval on one current inspection report by June 30 of each year.
    • If your report does not pass review, the NWFACP Board reserves the right to request additional reports or may remove your certification.
  • Complete three Continuing Certification Units (CCUs) by June 30 of each year.

 

Certified Craftsman and/or Master Craftsman

  • Maintain Installer and Sand & Finisher certifications.

 

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