The NALFA Installer Certification School is nearing its one-year anniversary and its popularity continues to grow. Professional laminate installers are learning of the class through outlets like facebook and twitter, and investing in the opportunity to hone their skills and build their clientele. As one participant noted, “we care about our installations and want to do the job right the first time, that’s why we took the NALFA class.”
The curriculum is an intense two days of instruction that covers all aspects of a quality laminate floor installation. Classes are kept small (a maximum of 6 people) to ensure the highest level of attention from the instructors and participation from the students. Hands-on instruction is central throughout the course, allowing participants the opportunity to practice what they learn.
When asked why they decided to sign-up for a recent class in Salem, NJ, participants noted a desire to be more helpful to customers, learn more advanced techniques and join in the effort to raise awareness of the skills of the trade. Upon leaving, one installer commented, “This was a wonderful and valuable experience. When you think you know it all about laminates, you find new ways to install that you never thought of before.”
The class is taught by veteran installer, inspector and consultant, Anthony Palandro (http://apfloorinspections.com/index.html). His knowledge of the floor covering industry dates back to 1972 and since 1998, he’s worked as an installation instructor for flooring distributors, manufacturers and industry associations. He’s earned a host of certifications, awards and memberships within the industry.
Upon successful completion of the class, installers earn NALFA certification and membership to the organization for one year. They are listed within the search directory on the nalfa.com website and have unlimited access to NALFA marketing assets to help promote their certification in their new business endeavors.
The cost of the program is $500 ($450 for NALFA members) and includes all instructional materials, on-site tools, meals, membership certificate, and an ID card. Certified installers may renew their membership yearly for a cost of $100.
One class remains in 2010, which will be held December 13-14 in Salem, NJ. To register, please call Teiya Eubanks at 423-316-1566. Class dates for 2011 will be announced at Surfaces this coming January and posted through the association’s website, www.nalfa.com.