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The Flooring Inspectors Educational Guild of North America was founded in 2009 by Selva Lee Tucker with guidance and cooperation from North Carolina State University Wood Extension Department to arrange and present higher education and training to flooring inspectors.
The goal is to bridge the gap between "hands on" flooring knowledge and the science behind the products.
This is being accomplished by arranging classes with the scientist who develop or study the materials, and chemistry (substances) that are used in making our flooring.
Since 2009, each Spring and Fall, there have been classes for wood flooring inspectors at North Carolina State University presented by the university's Wood Extension Department.
In September of 2011, the First Guild Class off Campus was taught by Dr. MItchell in Charleston, SC.
In May of 2012, the Guild took the Classes to the National Wood Flooring Association's Headquarters outside St. Louis (Mo) for three days. Dr. Denig, Dr. Mitchell and Steve Tolli (International Acknowledged Cork Flooring Expert) were exceptional in their presentations of Truth Based Upon Peer Reviewed Wood Science.
Over 45 students from the wood flooring industry attended.
In August of 2012, the Guild had Roberto Nunez (MA, MBA), a concrete engineer with over 25 years construction experience, North Carolina State University Professor and researcher and who owns his own concrete construction company, present a one day course "Concrete on Grade".
In addition, Dr. Alex Wiedenhoeft, a researcher at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory and Fellowship instructor at the Universities of Perdue and Mn., taught a Wood ID course and General Wood Science Course.
Both classes were taught in Historic Charleston, SC.
February 28th - March 2d, a NEW COURSE was taught at the Virginia Tech Campus by their Wood Extension Department. The course was considered a huge success by all attendees.
The Guild's Fall Class
Now! For A Great New Class
Moving Beyond Certification by Becoming Educated
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The Floor Inspectors Educational Guild
This August the Guild is presenting Wood Scientists not only from one University but Wood Scientists from TWO UNIVERSITIES!!!
Yes, Virginia Tech and North Carolina State Universities Wood Scientists are joining together to help you become the best at what you do.
For starters, Dr. D. Hindman will discuss "Industry Folklore" as an introduction to his classes then delve into Building Envelope Science and Wood Flooring in our buildings.
Is that all?
NO! The Wood Science of Engineered Wood in all its complexity will be explained, related to our trade, and then we will be taught how to analyze and interpret the data we collect during inspections.
Engineered Wood is a complex subject so the Guild went to the best to arrange the best class for our industry.
On May 20, 2013 two wood mill technicians (one with a degree in Wood Technology and the other a PhD in physics), a Claims Manager from a major adhesive manufacturer, two industry inspection instructors, four wood scientists, one graduate student, and several inspectors, former retailers and installers met to help develop the best class that can be presented for Wood Flooring Professionals.
From that meeting a new understanding of the issues facing the Engineered wood segment of our industry was recognized, addressed in frank discussions and a course outline created.
All agreed this upcoming class is needed, wanted, and will help all of us in our trade.
Come join us for a rare educational event unlike any you have attended in the past! Four Wood Science Professors! Two Universities joining together for us!
Dr. Hindman, VaTech
Dr. Mitchell, NCSU
Dr. Bond, VaTech
Dr. Loferski, VaTech
Has there ever been a line-up of such industry renown Wood Scientist to teach Wood Flooring Professionals?
Never before now!
When? This August 15 - 17, 2013
Where? The campus of VaTech and the Hilton Garden Inn in Blacksburg, VA
Questions and details?
864 238 5507
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