The NKBA Free Webinar Series is nationally recognized for providing up-to-date professional development opportunities for our members and other professionals involved in the kitchen and bath business world.

Professional Development

One of the primary missions of NKBA is the continuing professional development of our members and helping them to maintain the highest standards in the industry. When you can’t attend a learning session due to budget or travel restraints, the NKBA Free Webinar Series is the best way to expand your industry knowledge! Touted as one of the greatest free member benefits, our webinar series provides attendees with the latest trends in the kitchen and bath industry.

To maintain certification, designers must accumulate Continuing Education Units (CEUs), specifically, 20 hours within a two-year cycle. (Each hour counts as one CEU.) One of the easiest ways to earn CEUs is by taking advantage of NKBA’s free monthly webinars.

These 60-minute webinars each feature a presentation by an expert in the specific subject matter, delivered via a virtual platform. The sessions offer attending participants 0.1 CEU per event. Certified participants must engage in 80 percent of the sessions to receive CEU credit; registration takes just a few clicks (click here) and is available until two hours prior to start times.

New for 2019, the association will offer four webinars per month. Here’s a rundown on the topics for 2019:

January: Sales & Marketing
Webinars this month will focus on marketing strategies for growing a kitchen and bath business, with special emphasis on brand marketing, social media strategies, focusing on the customer experience and multiple generations of consumers, and the value of public relations.

February: Smart Home Technology
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Smart-home technology is growing exponentially — and it can be intimidating to designers and consumers alike. February classes will discuss the latest smart-kitchen products and mobile trends for smart home. Some of these will include voice-control integration, smart home tech for living in place, security concerns and understanding how to communicate the value of these advances to the consumer.

March: Outdoor Living Spaces
Another area with major growth potential is outdoor living. March’s series will talk about trends in outdoor kitchen and baths, deck and patio designs, entertaining considerations, lighting and outdoor material options, to help clients enjoy backyard living in any climate.

April: Sustainable Design
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Sustainability is a buzzword these days — but what does it really mean, and what elements can designers and remodelers incorporate into their projects? This series will explore and define alternative energy options, like solar and geo-thermal; green building materials; net zero housing, and passive design and construction.

May: Lighting
The effect of color has a big impact on a room’s design and the people living in it. These sessions will discuss color basics, trends, design effects and inspirations, the psychology of color, as well as the importance of color in marketing and how to brand a designer’s color expertise.

June: Designing and Marketing with Color
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The effect of color has a big impact on a room’s design and the people living in it. These sessions will discuss color basics, trends, design effects and inspirations, the psychology of color, as well as the importance of color in marketing and how to brand a designer’s color expertise.

July: Business Management
These sessions will explore strategic initiatives, honing management skills like delegating effectively and engaging employees, as well as managing change and leaders who coach.

August: Designing with Surfaces
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In the kitchen and bath, the surfaces that seem to get the most attention are countertops and backsplashes. These will be covered in August’s series, in addition to flooring trends; the use of tile, stone, and man-made materials; installation and design protocols, and product maintenance.

September: Design for “Living in Place”
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As the population ages — through 2036, 10,000 people a day are turning 65 — home safety is becoming a more critical element of any design. But it’s not limited to older homeowners. Anyone with physical challenges, or even parents with young children or carrying infants need safe, hazard-free homes. September webinars will focus on living in place — incorporating concepts of universal design and aging in place in residential spaces — safety, remodeling for living in place, lighting considerations, communicating with older clients and their families, new access standards and the trend toward inclusive design, no matter a client’s age.

October: Storage Solutions
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What client couldn’t use more storage? The October sessions will discuss trends in cabinetry vs. open storage, closet and storage design solutions, designing storage for living in place, and specialty storage needs.

November: Design Software
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Mastering the techniques of computer-aided design is a necessary skill for designers who want to stay up-to-date going forward. November’s webinars explore various design software options and new features, CAD vs. hand drafting and creating floorplans. They will feature software by 2020, Chief Architect and Pro Kitchen, among others.

December: Building Trends
This month’s webinars will be a collaboration with NAHB and its webinar presenters and cover topics including K&B building trends; air quality, regulations, new code changes; HVAC and filtration systems and fixtures.

For more information and to register for the webinars, visit https://store.nkba.org/collections/nkba-webinars.

Read what NKBA’s webinar attendees are saying:

“I have been designing kitchens and baths for 41 years now. One thing I know is I do not know everything. In these webinars the various presenters have given ideas and training that have given me new insight. This is an hour of time well spent and look forward to the next session.” – John Hays, CKD, Kitchen Designer, The Home Depot

“I am so grateful for the NKBA Free Webinar Series. They are up to date, short, informative and to the point. They are my “go to” for inspiration and education. Thank you NKBA!” – Maria Jenkins, Ottawa, Canada

“I thoroughly enjoy the webinar programs provided by the NKBA. Not only do they allow me to learn in depth about topics that interest me, but they also allow me to do so from the comfort of my own home. The webinars create a flexible learning environment that is cost effective and enables me to earn CEUs while studying multiple topics instead of an all-day training that only encompasses one.” – Shane Silverman, Freelance Kitchen & Bath Designer & Entrepreneur with Monat Global

“I cannot say enough about the NKBA Webinar Series. With running a busy company and having such a hectic schedule, it is a breath of fresh air to sit in the comfort of my own office and participate in these webinars. What makes it even better is that I am learning valuable information and skills from my own peers, fellow professionals in the industry that I look up to and admire. The webinars are always engaging and each time I learn something new to help improve my business.” – Ebony Stephenson, CAPS, Designs by Ebony, LLC, National Kitchen and Bath Association 30 Under 30

Archived Recordings

Most of NKBA’s webinars are recorded and available for review. Click on the desired link below and download the session to your device to listen and view the session. Note that NKBA does not offer .1 CEU for reviewing our recorded webinar sessions.

Making More Sense of Social Media for Business
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Profit Protection Strategies: Earning More, Keeping More and Prospering in the K&B Industry
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Generational Trends in Home Improvement Projects
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Turn Your Blog into a Revenue Generator
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Digital Advertising and Your Sales Funnel
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Utilizing Smart Home Technology for Living In Place
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The Modern Kitchen
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Using Lighting to Create the Perfect Environment
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KBIS 2019 Recap – Ideas for Living In Place
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Have Questions?
If you’d like to speak to someone about the NKBA Free Webinar Series, call 800-THE-NKBA or email learningfeedback@nkba.org and an NKBA staff member will be in touch with you shortly.