The National Academy of Floor Covering Training (NAFCT) is set to host a Hardwood Inspection Class and Facility Tour at the USDA Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wis., June 10 - 15.

According to the NAFCT in a release announcing the class: “You cannot begin an in-depth understanding of wood flooring if you do not first learn wood anatomy, and where better to learn the intricacies of wood than the Forest Products Laboratory?”

The class is geared not only to inspectors but installers, manufacturer technical representatives, R&D professionals, claims representatives, retail salespeople, estimators, cleaning management and restoration professionals, instructors and trainers, trade association leaders, insurance adjusters, architects and interior designers.

The five-day class will cover wood anatomy, kiln drying, milling, finishes and site finishing, acclimation, substrates, installation and the installed environment, maintenance, inspection techniques and report writing. Also included is a tour of the USDA Forest Products Laboratory’s testing facility.

Instructors will include Paul Pleshek, NAFCT; Sonny Callaham, Divergent Adhesives; Seth Pevarnik, Ardex; Evan Lauridesen, Shaw Industries; and Alex Weidenhoeft and Sam Glass of the USDA Forest Products Laboratory.

The course also qualifies the attendee to take the IICRC and/or CFI inspection certification exam. Each exam requires an additional $150 exam fee paid directly to the certifying body.

For more information, contact NAFCT School Administrator Paul Pleshek or visit