NOFMA: The Wood Flooring Manufacturers Association has announced the latest four graduates of its Certified Wood Flooring Inspectors (CWFI) course. They are: David Barkstedt, Elite Consultants, Saugerties, N.Y.; Mike Harde, Northeast Flooring Inspection & Consulting Services, Marlborough, N.H.; Richard Kass, Master Flooring Inspectors, Inc., Fruita, Colo.; and John Wabeke, Valley Flooring Inspectors, Cottonwood, Ariz.

Students of the NOFMA-CWFI course undergo extensive training in manufacturing standards, installation guidelines and procedures, and wood flooring performance. Students must also learn proper techniques for inspection and data collection. Additionally, students who pass the examination are still required to submit written reports for review by NOFMA and be available for supervised field inspections.

NOFMA will offer its next NOFMA-Certified Wood Flooring Inspector School August 19-23, at the Holiday Inn Select, East Memphis, Tenn. The course is limited to 20 participants. For more information, call (901) 526-5016 or e-mail

The NOFMA-CWFI program was started in 2002. Since then, 51 candidates have attended a CWFI school. Thirteen graduates have earned NOFMA Certified Wood Flooring Inspector status.