Certified Wood Flooring Inspectors

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About Certified Wood Flooring Inspectors

Becoming an NWFACP Certified Inspector validates your wood flooring knowledge and expertise. Your certification will help you provide your customers with the most thorough inspection services available.

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

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Inspector 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 inspect their product.
  • 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

The steps to earn NWFA Inspector Certification include:

  1. Have 3 years of experience with installing hardwood floors.
  2. Have 3 years of experience with sanding & finishing hardwood floors.
  3. Be a member of NWFA in good standing.
  4. Attend NWFA Intermediate Installation Training.
  5. Attend NWFA Intermediate Sand & Finish Training.
  6. Complete NWFA University Install, Sand & Finish, and Sales online courses.
  7. Attend NWFA Inspector School ($1,645).
  8. Complete NWFACP Inspector Test ($350).
  9. Submit and gain approval on two Inspection Report Scenarios with data collected during Inspector School.
  10. Submit and gain approval on three inspection reports while receiving help from an assigned mentor.
  11. Sign NWFACP Inspector Code of Conduct Agreement.

Annual Maintenance Requirements:

  • Company must maintain NWFA membership.
  • Pay annual CWFI dues of $200.
  • Submit and gain approval on 1 current inspection report by June 30th of each year.
    • If 1 report does not pass review, NWFACP reserves the right to request additional reports or remove certification.
  • Completion of 3 Continuing Certification Units (CCUs).
    • Must complete 3 CCUs by June 30th of each year; no rollover credits allowed.


Complaint Process

NWFACP offers a complaint review process for all Certified Inspectors. Click here for more information on this process.

For more information, contact 800.422.4556.

*Inspectors not conducting inspections for the general public have the status of "Wood Flooring Inspector - Credentialized" and can waive the report requirement. Contact NWFACP for details. 


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