Hardwood Flooring School - NWFA
Being a member of the National Wood Flooring Association offers a multitude of benefits, both business wise, networking, and actual activities that allow you to work with all types of installation and finishing.
Each year the NWFA lists types of classes that are being held, duration, and costs. Starting in 2013 locations were expanded to serve better needs for members. Chesterfield, Missouri (St. Louis suburb) remains the headquarters and original school location.
2017-2018 Schedule of Cities:
Bowling Green, Ohio
Deerfield Beach, FL
New York, NY
* Chesterfield, MO
San Jose, CA
Vancouver, BC (Canada)
Hardwood flooring professionals can choose from the basic installation (only in Chesterfield, MO) introductory class that runs three days covering the following activities. Not all locations offer the same classes.
Handling & Storage - Site Preparation
Installation - Tools installation, sub floors.
Special Installation - Moldings, repairs, squeaks
Wood technology - Species, characteristics, milling
* Offers basic installation introductory class. Costs run $595 for NWFA members and $695 for non members with our our last update.
Watch an overview of this school on video dated September 2010.
Other classes held several times throughout the year include:
Concrete Preparation - Two Days
An extensive two day class which covers in depth training on concrete moisture testing, concrete as a substrate, grinding methods, self levelers, sealers, primers, wood flooring adhesive, CSP, glue down installation, floating floor installation, cork installation and much more
Intermediate Installation and Sand & Finish - Varies
The intermediate school is broken up into three days depending on what you’re looking for or one can sign up for the entire three day event. First days activities include working and solving moisture issues, installation techniques and working with borders and inlays.
The remaining days offer tool maintenance, with sanding and finishing applications. Finally, the last day covers board replacements and finish repairs.
Advanced Installation - Three Days
Three days of progressive hands on training while using a large number of specialized techniques and products. Requirements include three years experience and previous NWFA schooling. Subjects include design elements, borders and medallions, using different floor coverings in tandem, metal insets/inlays, estimating, sanding, finishing, and specialty tools.
Expert Installation - Five Days
This five day school is the cream of the crop for very experienced professionals while requiring attendance at the NWFA advanced school. Activities include wood bending, radius installations, router work, inlays and parquetry, stair work, and hand rails. Classes are currently held one time each year in Missouri and Nevada.
Expert Sand & Finish - Three Days
Another high end workshop for very experienced professionals. Requirements call for three years experience, and previous attendance at the custom design and finish school. Sanding and finishing stairs, hand brushing, custom stains and hand scraping are among a few key topics covered here.
Expert Installation/Expert Sand & Finish
This is a combined study of the two expert schools above that take up eight days. Courses are held continuously or back to back with the expert installation as the starting point.
Wood Floor Repair - One Day
Provides an introduction to advanced-level repair work on finished flooring, including injections, board replacements, factory finished repairs, color matching, color theory, graining, filling, sheen adjustments and more. Receive a wood floor repair kit for attending. This workshop includes hands-on training.
Designing With Wood Floors
Relatively new, this seminar analyzes the use of wood flooring as an element of design. Design professionals will become more familiar with wood floors as a design material in an effort to properly specify the product that will perform best in their client projects.
Wood Floor Retail SalesAdded recently, this one day class outlines selling hardwood flooring in the retail environment.