NKBA, Lowe's launch employee training program
MOORESVILLE, N.C. & HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. – Home improvement retailer Lowe's, and the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) have announced a program to educate and train Lowe’s employees who specialize in interior kitchen and bath projects. Because of this membership and training program, Lowe’s employees who work in the kitchen cabinets, countertops and fashion plumbing departments and as interior project specialists will have the opportunity to earn NKBA certifications.
Eligible Lowe’s employees now have the opportunity to take NKBA courses and exams to earn the following certifications: Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer (AKBD), Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD), Certified Bathroom Designer (CBD), and Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer (CMKBD). The certifications are voluntary and not required to perform the employee’s current job function. To become certified, applicants must meet minimum levels of education and experience and pass comprehensive exams.
“As the largest trade association representing the kitchen and bath industry, we are proud to welcome Lowe’s to our membership and include Lowe’s kitchen and bath employees in our respected and vast network of professionals,” stated Alan W. Zielinski, CKD, 2012 NKBA President.
The NKBA also offers homeowners the ability to search for kitchen and bath designers (certified and noncertified), and its listings will now include Lowe’s stores in the United States and Canada. Lowe’s employees that receive the certifications will have updated name badges for customers to identify their certifications in-store.