Instructor Mark Brown at NOFMA's inaugural Certified Wood Flooring Inspector school

The inaugural NOFMA Certified Wood Flooring Inspector school, a week-long training course presented by NOFMA, The Wood Flooring Manufacturers Association, drew 22 participants in Memphis.

The certification program, of which the training course is a part, grew out of recognition by NOFMA member manufacturers of a need in the marketplace for a third party resource consumers could turn to in resolving disputes involving wood flooring performance issues. This initial school marks the culmination of more than two years of planning.

Curriculum included sections on flooring standards and the organizations representing those standards; wood technology; a review of installation, sanding and finishing standards and guidelines; and a discussion of engineered flooring products and how they differ from solid flooring.

An exam was given at the conclusion of the course. Those who pass must complete a six-month probationary period before NOFMA certification will be issued. Once issued, the certification will be effective for two years.