NKBA Offering Online Training Programs

Hackettstown, NJ — The National Kitchen & Bath Association has announced a new six-course online training program for kitchen and bath design professionals, being conducted in partnership with Century College.

The new NKBA Online Kitchen & Bath Design Courses, begun last month, represent the first time the NKBA has partnered with a college or university to offer online professional development, the Hackettstown, NJ-based association said.

The curriculum is based on the specifications encouraged by the NKBA and is supported by tNKBA reference and resource materials, including the NKBA Kitchen and Bath Planning Guidelines.

All courses will use the new NKBA Professional Resource Library, a nine-volume series written by recognized industry experts. Courses may be taken individually or as a full curriculum. Pre-requisites may apply.

The online courses, which will run through March of 2007, last eight to nine weeks each.

Courses include:

  • Presentation Standards: Attendees will develop hand-drafting skills in accordance with NKBA standards for architectural drafting, and will produce visual presentations of design solutions.
  • Construction and Mechanical Systems for Kitchen & Bath Design: Attendees will learn how to interpret blueprints, including construction basics and mechanical systems for plumbing, HVAC, electric and lighting.
  • Basic Kitchen & Bath Design: This will introduce the fundamentals of good kitchen/bath design and present an overview of the ergonomic principles of these spaces, building codes, safety issues and material specification.
  • Lighting for Kitchen & Bath Design: Attendees will learn lighting design and application for kitchens and bathrooms, including both natural and artificial lighting.
  • Business Practices for Kitchen & Bath Design: Attendees will gain a foundation in business practices for managing /owning a k/b design firm. The course will cover financing, pricing, marketing and human resources.
  • Advanced Kitchen & Bath Design: This course covers Universal Design and theme or historical design for kitchen and bath projects, with an emphasis on ergonomics and ADA issues.

The courses are offered as a non-college-credit option, said the NKBA. Students must apply directly to Century College.