The three newly certified inspectors are John Dailey, Midwest Restoration Services, Wheaton, Ill., Mark Brown, Carpet Arts Inspection Service, Ellicott City, Md., and Chris Godfrey, Spector, Ltd., Mission Viejo, Calif. All three are professional floor covering inspectors.
"These first three NOFMA-certified wood flooring inspectors are among the country's best-trained and most capable wood flooring inspectors," said Mickey Moore, NOFMA's technical director. "They each have undergone many hours of training in all aspects having to do with proper manufacture, installation, and performance of wood flooring. And through supervised field testing they've proven their ability to properly inspect a floor and report their findings."
The NOFMA- CWFI program is the only certification program to require a combination of educational training, practical experience, and both site review and report review in order to earn credentials, according to NOFMA. The program qualifies the individual requiring they have experience in the flooring industry. The inspector must successfully complete a five-day training course and pass a written exam at the conclusion of the course. Those who pass the exam must then complete a minimum six-month probationary period during which they are required to conduct on-site wood flooring inspections accompanied by a NOFMA representative.
In addition, certification prospects must submit reports from other site inspections, each of which describes a different type of flooring performance problem. "It's not enough to simply pass a test and become certified," said NOFMA's Moore. "The probationary period ensures the inspectors can truly perform the inspection as well as issue a report that meets NOFMA's standards."
Because inspections often are used in dispute resolution between homeowners, flooring contractors and manufacturers, the ability to accurately and succinctly report findings is just as important as an inspector's knowledge of wood flooring, Moore explained.
"There is no doubt the NOFMA program is the most comprehensive and thorough of any certification process available," said Chris Godfrey, one of the new NOFMA Certified Inspectors. "It's more expensive and more rigorous for sure, but it also carries the most credibility by far. And in my business credibility is everything."
The certifications earned by Godfrey, Dailey and Brown will be effective for two years. Certification must be maintained through continuing education and practice in the flooring inspection field. Certification maintenance requirements include submission of at least four inspection reports per year (each detailing a different problem) to NOFMA for review and evaluation.
According to NOFMA, more than 30 NOFMA-CWFI candidates have successfully completed one of two training sessions the Association has offered since launching the program last year. Of those candidates, these three have been certified and 13 others are at various stages of completing their probationary requirements.