Last month, I had the pleasure of being one of the instructors at the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) headquarters in St. Louis, for the Principles of Wood Flooring class. Students from all over the country representing manufacturing, distribution, sales and contractors attended.

The first two days covered the installation of nail down unfinished solid, factory finished solid, glue down engineered, nail down engineered, and floating installation. Students learned the technical side of things through power-point presentations followed by hands-on application of an install from start to finish. 

The students were also taught how to properly layout an installation as well as how to conduct moisture testing of substrates and proper site conditions. Days 3 and 4 were all about sanding and finishing the unfinished hardwood that was installed on the first two days.

As an instructor, teaching and working with students hands-on makes you humble in knowing that at one time, we were in their shoes learning the trade with eyes wide open; wondering if it was the direction we wanted to go in and ultimately choosing the trade we’re in now. Working with both instructors and students, one always learns something from every class, so even those who teach are continually learning. If we as instructors can help improve students’ knowledge and help another succeed in the trades, that’s what keeps us energized. 

Sending a big shout out to the instructors for this class, and an even bigger shout out to the students who attended! Check out the great video that the NWFA staff put together with highlights from the class