The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) has launched NWFA University (NWFAU), its new educational training program.
“The University is an initiative to interest the next generation of wood flooring professionals who grew up with and are familiar with technology solutions,” said Stephanie Owen, NWFA's director of education. “In such a competitive industry, professionals need something that sets them apart from their competition. NWFAU is that resource.”
NWFA University is an online learning platform designed to enhance NWFA’s hands-on training programs. This e-learning initiative has launched with more than 50 courses that provide information and instruction for wood flooring professionals.
“What makes NWFAU a game-changer for our industry is that it makes training available when and where our members want it," said Michael Martin, NWFA's president and CEO, Michael Martin. “The individual courses are 10-20 minutes in length, so they are easy to fit into a busy work and family schedule. A contractor, for example, could easily take a course, or even two, while waiting for a customer appointment. It brings the training to our members in a way that we’ve never done before.”
Individual courses lead to the earning of digital badges. These badges are an electronic representation of a skill that has been mastered. As badges are earned, they can be combined with hands-on training opportunities to earn NWFA certifications.
Currently, the career path to earn Installation certification from NWFA is available through NWFAU. Sales certification courses currently are available as well and a sales certification path will be available within the next few weeks. Additional career paths will be added for sand and finish certification, and Inspection certification by the end of the year.
Some of the courses currently available include board replacement, concrete moisture testing, controlling moisture, estimates, evaluating the jobsite, From the Forest to the Floor, installation methods and considerations, installation safety, nail down, patterned floor layout and wood flooring types.
“This platform significantly enhances our training opportunities,” said Brett Miller, NWFA's vice president of education and certification. “By providing classroom learning in an on-line format, we will be able to expand the time our students have to develop their hands-on skills during our in-person training classes.”
For more information, visit nwfa.org/nwfa-university.aspx.