Someone asked me again today during an estimate how many years I’ve been in the business and how many years each of the employees have been in the business.
I’ve stated this before, but your knowledge is not different in 20 years versus 10 years if you never try to educate yourself. You will be the same person with the same set of skills.
I just got my renewed certification licenses in the mail today and wanted to take a minute to highlight what that means:
In order to earn these credentials, I had to:
Be an NWFA member in the business for at least two years.
Pass a visual inspection of how to sand, finish, and install a hardwood floor by an instructor.
Take a timed test online that tested my knowledge.
I’m not writing this to gloat, but to suggest that measuring a person’s skill level simply by the number of years in the business is like judging a book by its cover. The standards that measure my certifications were set by the people who wrote the guidebook worldwide for wood floors. Wherever you live, it’s worth to ask the contractor if they any credentials besides time in business.