Walkway Auditor Training

The National Floor Safety Institute’s (NFSI) Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder (WACH) Training course objective is to educate individuals involved in the walkway safety industry on the proper techniques of auditing the traction of building walkways through observation and measurement based on the NFSI B101 Standards. Course Highlights include:

  • Slip, Trip and Fall Causation
  • An Overview of Floor Coverings, Matting, Stairs, Escalators, Moving Walkways, Exterior Walkways, Paths, Ramps and Parking Lots
  • The importance of Proper Maintenance, Housekeeping and Footwear
  • Proper Use of Warning signs, Hazards, Barricades
  • The History of Tribometry and NFSI Approved Tribometers
  • NFSI B101 Standards, Walkway Auditing NFSI B101.0, Floor Safety Management, and Incident Reporting
  • The role of Risk Management and Insurance

Participants that complete either the in-person or online course, must score an overall 80% or higher on all assessments to become a Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder (WACH).

Course Overview

Upon completion of this course, WACH’s should be able to:

  1. Apply Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder’s (WACH) relationship to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI).
  2. Apply Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder’s (WACH) slip, trip, and fall causation content material.
  3. Apply Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder’s (WACH) flooring covering and matting content material.
  4. Apply Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder’s (WACH) stairs, escalators, moving walkways, exterior walkways, paths, ramps, and parking lots content material.
  5. Apply Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder’s (WACH) maintenance, housekeeping, warning signs, hazards, and barricades content material.
  6. Apply Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder’s (WACH) footwear content material.
  7. Apply Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder’s (WACH) history of tribometry, and NFSI approved tribometers content material.
  8. Apply Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder’s (WACH) NFSI B101 Standards, NFSI walkway auditing B101.0 standard, walkway safety management and incident reporting content material.
  9. Apply Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder’s (WACH) risk management and insurance content material.
  10. Identify other industry standards content material.

If there are questions regarding the WACH course, please contact the NFSI instructor, Karen Wills at karenw@nfsi.org.

The NFSI WACH course is a 3-day class taught at the NFSI Headquarters in Hurst, Texas. Day 1 and Day 2 (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) of the WACH course will include the following presentations:

  • Slip, Trip, and Fall Causation
  • Floor Coverings and Matting
  • Stairs, Escalators, Moving Sidewalks, Exterior Walkways, Paths, Ramps, and Parking Lots
  • Maintenance, Housekeeping, Warning Signs, Hazards, and Barricades
  • Footwear
  • History of Tribometry and NFSI Approved Tribometers
  • NFSI Standards, Walkway Auditing, Walkway Safety Management and Incident Reporting
  • Risk Management and Insurance

Course Requirements And Evaluation

Participants must participate in all three (3) days of the WACH in-person course and score 80% or higher on all combined assessments to become a Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder.

Day 3 assessments are comprised of (begins at 8:00 am and concludes when you complete your assessments):

Part 1: Written Assessments.  Participants will complete an open-book, knowledge-based assessment consisting of multiple-choice or true/false questions covering the outlined course objectives.

Part 2: Practical Assessment.  Because the objective is to provide the student with the knowledge to perform a walkway audit, it is important that the student be proficient in conducting an audit upon completion of the course.  There are five components on which the student will be graded in the Practical portion of the Assessment. 

  1. Flooring Identification – There will be 3 or 4 flooring materials to correctly identify.
  2. Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder Auditor’s Report – The students will have been walked through this process by the course facilitator. They will need to complete the provided report which is also outlined in the NFSI 101.0 standard upon which the course is based.
  3. Audit Results – Each student will choose their preferred tribometer for this portion to conduct the walkway audit. In three separate rooms, students will measure the Coefficient of Friction (COF) of the floor and record the results on the worksheet provided, determine the Average COF and highlight any deficiencies in the data recorded.
  4. Facility Site Diagram – Each student will be provided with a site diagram. Students will label the diagram according to the proctor’s instructions. Labels may include Zone identification, Risk class and Type of floor. These items are clearly defined in the NFSI 101.0 standard.
  5. Tribometer Usage – Under the observation of a proctor, each of the 3 to 4 rooms will be graded on proper usage of the tribometer based on demonstrations provided by facilitators and manufacturer’s operating instructions. The results reported will be based on the Tables in NFSI B101.1 and NFSI B101.3 standards.

CERTIFICATE – Students who successfully meet the proficiency requirements will be awarded a certificate as a Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder (WACH) and can request to be listed on the NFSI website as a Walkway Auditor (https://nfsi.org/training/certified-walkway-auditors/)

If there are questions regarding the WACH course, please contact the NFSI instructor, Karen Wills at karenw@nfsi.org.

Training Location and Hotel Information

National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI)
1845 Precinct Line Road, Suite 212
Hurst, TX 76053

building does not open until 7:30 am

  • The training location and hotels are about 15 minutes from the Dallas-Fort Worth International (DFW) airport, and about 35 minutes from Love Field.
  • Some hotels offer shuttle service to/from DFW Airport.
  • There are restaurants within walking distance of all the hotels for dinner and most offer complimentary breakfast.
  • NFSI provides lunch all three days as well as coffee, water, and sodas.

This course will not utilize a textbook. On the first day of class, attendees will be provided with classroom presentations along with the following listed below. No prerequisites are required for enrollment in this course.

  • A Lawyers Roadmap To Slip, Trip And Fall Litigation: What You Need To Know About Structuring Your Slip, Trip And Fall Lawsuit Kindle Edition, by Russell J. Kendzior
  • NFSI B101.0 Walkway Surface Auditing Procedure for the Measurement of Walkway Surface Traction
  • NFSI B101.1 Test Method for Measuring Wet SCOF of Common Hard-Surface Floor Materials
  • NFSI B101.3 Test Method for Measuring Wet DCOF of Common Hard-Surface Floor Materials
  • NFSI B101.4 Test Method for Measuring the Wet Barefoot Condition of Surfaces
  • NFSI B101.8 A Walkway Safety Management Program for Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention
  • WACH Industry References and Definitions

If there are questions regarding the WACH course, please contact the NFSI instructor, Karen Wills at karenw@nfsi.org.

Course Registration, Fee, Deadlines, Cancellation and Refunds

Registration: Students shall register for the course at https://nfsi.org/training/events/. The course fee is $1,995.  This includes the course materials and lunch each day.

Deadlines: As long as space is available, students may register up until the Friday before class begins.

Cancellation: NFSI reserves the right to cancel any course date due to low enrollment or facilitator conflicts.   NFSI is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.  There must be a minimum of five (5) individuals registered for each course.  Courses with less than five (5) registered will be subject to cancellation. Please do not make any travel arrangements until your registration has been confirmed by an NFSI staff member.

Refunds: If a registrant cancels the following Refund Policy applies:

  • 30 + days prior to the course = 100% refund of tuition less $50 processing fee
  • 14-29 days prior to the course = 50% refund of tuition
  • No refund will be issued for cancellations received less than two (2) weeks prior to the cours

Class Size: Maximum class size is 15 students.  Recommended course size is 8 students to allow maximum time for hands-on practice with tribometry equipment.

If there are questions regarding the WACH course, please contact the NFSI instructor, Karen Wills at karenw@nfsi.org.

Unit IX, Information and Assessment

The WACH credential is an industry-known designation that shows one has been professionally trained in the field of Walkway Auditing. After successful completion of Units I through VIII, Columbia Southern University (CSU) individuals seeking to earn their WACH Certificate must register to attend Unit IX, Information and Assessment.

Unit IX will take place at the NFSI Headquarters in Hurst, Texas. There, the students will be provided with an NFSI approved tribometer and the WACH practical assessment which will be performed in front of an NFSI proctor.

For CSU individuals, Unit IX is offered free of charge at NFSI Headquarters in Hurst, Texas, however, individuals are responsible for their own travel costs to attend Unit IX. Click Here to register (use this link for Click Here: https://calendly.com/karenw-rmu/nfsi-wach-practical-exam?month=2024-01)

Unit IX Requirements And Evaluation

Individuals must score 80% or higher on the Practical Assessment to become a Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder.

Practical Assessment:  Because the objective is to provide the student with the knowledge to perform a walkway audit, it is important that the student be proficient in conducting an audit upon completion of the course.  There are five components on which the student will be graded in the Practical portion of the Assessment. 

  1. Flooring Identification – There will be 3 or 4 flooring materials to correctly identify.
  2. Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder Auditor’s Report – The students will have been walked through this process by the course facilitator. They will need to complete the provided report which is also outlined in the NFSI 101.0 standard upon which the course is based.
  3. Audit Results – Each student will choose their preferred tribometer for this portion to conduct the walkway audit. In three separate rooms, students will measure the Coefficient of Friction (COF) of the floor and record the results on the worksheet provided, determine the Average COF and highlight any deficiencies in the data recorded.
  4. Facility Site Diagram – Each student will be provided with a site diagram. Students will label the diagram according to the proctor’s instructions. Labels may include Zone identification, Risk class and Type of floor. These items are clearly defined in the NFSI 101.0 standard.
  5. Tribometer Usage – Under the observation of a proctor, each of the 3 to 4 rooms will be graded on proper usage of the tribometer based on demonstrations provided by facilitators and manufacturer’s operating instructions. The results reported will be based on the Tables in NFSI B101.1 and NFSI B101.3 standards.

CERTIFICATE – Students who successfully meet the proficiency requirements will be awarded a certificate as a Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder (WACH) and can request to be listed on the NFSI website as a Walkway Auditor (https://nfsi.org/training/certified-walkway-auditors/)

National Floor Safety Institute Corporate Headquarters
1845 Precinct Line Road, Suite 212
Hurst, TX 76054

817-749-1700

If there are questions regarding the WACH course, please contact the NFSI instructor, Karen Wills at karenw@nfsi.org.

NFSI Recognized Tribometers and Rental Information

NFSI recognized tribometers include:

Tribometer Rental Companies include:

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