Membership – Benefits

MembershipTypes

  • Corporate Member – an importer, manufacturer or distributor.
  • Associate Member – a peripheral goods/service provider.
  • Retail Member – selling to the consumer and installing.
  • Installer – you install only.

Installer or Associate Member Benefits

  • Use of the SAWLFA logo
  • Accreditation
  • Certificated credentials for presentation to prospective clients
  • Access to technical data and expertise
  • Training, workshops, seminars and forums for discussion
  • Unbiased evaluations and opinions

Manufacturer/Supplier/Distributor Member Benefits

  • Use of the SAWLFA logo
  • Improved standards
  • Representation in the process of formulating and upholding of standards
  • Access to a full spectrum of technical expertise
  • Participation and interest in the process of quality installation of own product
  • Interface with reputable installers

Consumer Benefits

  • Advice on products, suppliers, installation and maintenance
  • Verification of supplier and/or installers credentials
  • Protection of the consumer through objective evaluations and unbiased opinions

BECOME A SAWLFA MEMBER

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Installer Accreditation

The Accreditation program is already in place for installers, providing clients with the knowledge and peace of mind that installations are being carried out in accordance with product specifications.

Accreditation sessions

Available in JHB, Cape Town and Durban with future dates forwarded to members in the form of an invitation only. On successful completion of the SAWLFA Installation training modules, installation teams will receive a badge to this effect and be listed as an accredited or advanced accredited installer.

Laminate Flooring Installer Accreditation

Membership Breakdown

Our member’s membership listings explained:

Associate Members

These members have products associated with flooring applications; for example, screed, glue, dustless sand and seal, skirting & profiles, moisture barriers, Etc.

Corporate Member

These members are importers or manufacturers of wood, laminate or vinyl planks. All laminate products listed on the home page of the SAWLFA web site have certificates confirming the quality of the boards. We are unable to confirm the quality of products not listed and careful background checks should be conducted if the use of non-listed products is to be used.

Retail Members

Sell flooring products to the consumer only – Most members have been in business for quite some time and are fully aware of the advantages of using companies associated with quality products. However products should be checked re their quality and always double check the product you have chosen is the right product for the use it is intended for. These members may not be accredited to install floors but they may sub-contract to accredited installers, this would need to be checked.

Retail/Installer Members

Sell flooring products to the consumer only – Most members have been in business for quite some time and are fully aware of the advantages of using companies associated with quality products. However products should be checked re their quality and always double check the product you have chosen is the right product for the use it is intended for. These members have their own installers that are accredited through the association. (These members will be in the possession of an accreditation badge as explained below)

Installer Members – Accredited Installers

Who have passed the correct installation procedures on a basic installation exam. (These members will be in the possession of an accreditation badge as explained below and sub-contract to the retailers). Our strict exam covers what is required to avoid a floor failure.

Installer Members – Advanced Accreditation

These members have completed a 6-7 hour exam, which consists of the fitting of stair cases, curved walls, cutting around basins. Installers are unable to take the advanced exam until they have passed our basic accreditation exam. When customers are dealing with retail members please ensure that the retail members either have accredited installers or sub-contract to an accredited installer, this if you require an installation.


A full list of accredited installers can be found on our web site, if they are not listed then please request a copy of their ID badge, a sample copy below – This will display the association’s logo, the full name of the installer and the date accreditation was passed and is the size of your driver’s licence. If you have any doubts as to the validation of this badge then please contact the secretariat of the association for confirmation on 011 455 2822 or email info@sawlfa.co.za

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Great Benefits Awaits You!

Membership Fees

Join the Southern African Wood, Laminate & Flooring Association and keep up-to-date with this ever changing industry

Understand the flooring products you are buying, installing and specifying.

Understanding products is key to a long and lasting installation.


Ensure the correct floor is installed in the correct area.

Be confident in communicating this to the your customer.


Avoid a floor failure.

Mistakes are costly and can be avoided.


Be informed of the most common mistakes installers make.

Sub-floor conditions, levels, moisture and expansions are just a few.


Have specialists in their field at your disposal.

SAWLFA only use specialists for solid advice.


Become an accredited installer.

Only members can obtain this prestige title.

Price list for New Members:

Corporate Member:

R11,023.90 Import and distribute


Associate Member:

R2, 756.25 Affiliated products


Retailer Member:

R3, 858.75 Sells products direct to the public


Retailer / Installer Member:

R3, 858.75 Sells and installs products direct to the public (First accreditation session included)


Installer Member:

R2, 756.25 Installs only/sub-contractor (First accreditation session included)