Hackettstown, NJ (June 17, 2017) The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) recently announced that Algonquin College, located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, has met the requirements to become an NKBA accredited program provider. Algonquin College offers an Advanced Kitchen & Bath Diploma/Certificate Program for students seeking a professional career in the kitchen and bath industry.

As a part of the credit program that was founded over 30 years ago, each student must complete an internship monitored by the educational institution. This experience enhances and extends the classroom experience and ensures students meet the NKBA’s required competencies. Programs accredited by the National Kitchen & Bath Association must have an NKBA Certified advisor or faculty member.

NKBA Accreditation serves the professional needs of the kitchen and bath industry to ensure consistent, quality education for students who want to become kitchen or bath professionals. The association recognizes schools throughout North America whose kitchen and bath curriculum meet its established educational standards which include the knowledge and skills necessary for competent practice in the profession.

NKBA accredited programs are evaluated with respect to mission, administration, curriculum, faculty, and resources to determine eligibility and the students’ aptitude toward fulfilling the Association’s required competencies. Industry professionals evaluate student work samples as a subjective measure of the program. Programs that meet the qualifications for accreditation, or a preliminary status of supported, are published on the NKBA website. The Association monitors the progress of these schools through the submission of student work samples based on the NKBA Student Design Competition and provides an outcome-based assessment to the schools. NKBA Accredited Programs have a reevaluation period of seven years.


About the National Kitchen & Bath Association and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is the not-for-profit trade association that owns the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS), as part of Design and Construction Week ® (DCW). With nearly 14,000 member companies representing tens of thousands of members in all segments of the kitchen and bath industry, the NKBA has educated and led the industry since the association’s founding in 1963. The NKBA envisions a world where everyone enjoys safe, beautiful and functional kitchen and bath spaces. The mission of the NKBA is to inspire, lead and empower the kitchen and bath industry through the creations of certifications, marketplaces and networks. For more information, visit or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).


About the Program 

Kitchen and bath design is constantly evolving to meet the modern needs and lifestyle of today’s families. The kitchen is not solely intended for meal preparation and cooking. It has become a focal point for entertaining and the central hub of activity in any home. The bath has become a tranquil space to retreat to after a long day.

The Kitchen and Bath Graduate Certificate program at Algonquin College, the first of its kind in Ontario, will teach you to create innovative functional spaces with a general understanding of the industry codes, guidelines, and standards. You will also explore current design trends, innovative fixtures and appliances, natural sustainable products, and barrier free design.

The program has achieved Supported Status with the National Kitchen and Bath Association making it the third college in Canada to achieve recognition from the NKBA. The program also has strong support from the NKBA-Ottawa Chapter. The Ottawa Chapter created the first Bursary for students in the program raising over $6,000.00 which was matched by the Provincial Government. They continue to be supportive by hosting the student awards, offering awards for achievements upon graduation and mentor our students through work placement.

“Graduates will have the skills to plan safe, functional, efficient and attractive kitchen and bathroom designs that will meet the needs of their client and improve how the home functions. If you are creative, love to problem solve and have an acute attention to detail then you will thrive in this challenging and evolving industry.” Sandra Gibbons

Sandra Gibbons, AKBD, ARIDO, IDC | Coordinator Kitchen and Bath
613 727 4723 x 5541
Algonquin College | 1385 Woodroffe Avenue | Room CA530 | Ottawa | Ontario | K2G 1V8 | Canada