NKBA (National) Upcoming Education Opportunities

Whether you are a novice or experience professional looking to enhance your design or business skills or add to your credentials through NKBA Certification; or a student striving to break into the industry, NKBA's innovative approach to education is perfect for you.


April Webinars Sponsored By:

Designer Health: Meeting the Demands of Luxury and Lifestyle
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT (.1 CEU)

Lauren Levant – Owner – Lauren Levant Interior
Registration closes 2 hours before event begins.

Health is the ultimate luxury. The discerning client of the present and the future is redefining the luxury lifestyle. No longer about mere beauty, the most successful and sought-after projects are now designed with health and wellbeing at the center. Premium materials with healthy finishes, responsibly sourced are becoming in greater demand, and clients are willing to pay a premium for them. Like their organic, non-GMO groceries, the homes of today’s luxury clientele need to take care of them from the inside out.
At the end of this session you will:

  • Discover the importance and significance of incorporating healthy products into your design. 
  • Recognize effective ways to design for a health-conscious client – where and how to look for products to use and manufacturers to lean on.
  • Reflect and analyze on the outcome of healthy design – how it effects the project bottom line and contributes to your brand.


Spoiler Alert! Kitchens Waste Food
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
12:00pm ET/09:00am PT (.1 CEU)

Paula Kennedy, CMKBD – Principal and Designer – Timeless Kitchen Design
Registration closes 2 hours before event begins.

Today’s kitchens are not designed with food preservation in mind. That may sound strange to say and isn’t so much of what we do focused around food storage? Yes, but food PRESERVATION is different than merely STORAGE.
Are you tired of throwing away produce? The U.S. wastes 30-40% of food per year. The amount of food wasted that goes to the landfill is disturbing. As food spoils in the landfill it gives off methane gas that contributes to the Greenhouse effect. We’ll talk about consumers shopping habits and their concerns of healthy and sustainable living.
Did you know some fruits and vegetables like it cool, some like it room temperature, and some need humidity? There are the fruits and vegetables that produce ethylene gas as they ripen that is detrimental to surrounding produce! Why did no one tell us you aren’t supposed to store your bananas and apples together!

Remember cellars, larders and that cute little wicker basket designed into a base cabinet? Did you know those wicker baskets that you we don’t design into kitchens anymore actually served a valuable purpose?
We will address how to design kitchen spaces, storage and equipment to better serve our client and the environment. Proper food storage will reduce food waste which will save food from ending up in the landfill and it will support our client’s health by having that health snack readily available. We’ll also talk about trends that are bringing new equipment into the kitchen that we need to plan for, as well as trends of getting back to basics of home gardens and preservation techniques.
At the end of this session you will:

  • Discover how residential consumer food waste effects the environment.
  • Explain how food waste can be addressed through design, product offerings and tips/tricks for food preservation.
  • Develop your knowledge of current technology and discuss the future of the food industry.
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Creating the Sustainable Kitchen & Bath
Monday, April 22, 2019
12:00pm ET/9:00am PT (.1 CEU)

Robin Fisher, CMKBD – Principal Designer & Owner – Robin Rigby Fisher Design
Registration closes 2 hours before event begins.

Global warming is a scientific fact, although approximately 30% of the U.S. population does not believe that this is a man-made effect. The construction industry is one of the leading contributors to climate change. 
Through this 60-minute webinar, you will learn to understand how man is contributing to climate change and how you as a Kitchen and Bath Designer can make choices for your client that will benefit how they and their family live in their home and health benefits without selling the benefits to the planet. (Although each step is just one small step to aiding the planet.)
At the end of this session you will:

  • Explore and define the need to design sustainable kitchens and baths. 
  • Apply methods to incorporate sustainability into your designs.
  • Discover tools to use to sell sustainability without “selling” sustainability to your clients.
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Large Scale Sustainability in Small Scale Spaces
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
12:00pm ET/09:00am PT (.1 CEU)

David Tracz – Co-Founder – //3877 Architecture and Design
Registration closes 2 hours before event begins.

This webinar, led by co-founder of DC-based architecture and interiors firm //3877 David Tracz, will evaluate sustainability practices in residential design on a macro and micro level. Starting with an introduction to the latest sustainable technologies in residential design, the webinar will walk through these various solutions, showcasing their benefits to both the design of the home as a whole and the bath specifically.
Each technology, new to market and established in the industry, will be discussed on a larger scale. This will be followed by a deep dive into how each technology, when implemented by the design team and homeowner can vastly shrink the environmental footprint of the residence. Within this frame of the conversation, David will touch on the bathroom’s reputation as a high-energy producing space. He’ll share methods for improving and minimizing the bathroom’s energy output, which also offers a long-term cost-savings to homeowners. Examples of David’s own bathroom renovation and energy efficient home will be referenced throughout the presentation, acting as a guide for what listeners should consider for their own projects.
At the end of this session you will:

  • Unpack the latest in sustainable technologies for residences, with a focus on water saving elements and solar panel sourced energies.
  • Illuminate the benefits of integrating sustainable technologies in macro and micro terms.
  • Showcase how technologies installed for the whole home impact design, habits, and environmental footprints for individual rooms in the home with an emphasis on the bathroom.
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Purchase Your NKBA Certification Bundle Package Today

Are you looking to take the first step toward becoming certified, or continue your journey toward the next level of NKBA certification?

The NKBA now offers discounted pricing on bundle packages for the AKBD and CKBD levels of certification. Bundles save you money and include all you need to enhance your professional development and prepare for the NKBA’s certification exams.

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