ATI Launches Certification Program for Commercial
May 27, 2010
Architectural Testing Inc. (ATI) has developed a Commercial InstallationMasters
program for installers of doors and windows rated for commercial,
industrial, large multi-family and institutional buildings. The
commercial program, like the company's residential program, was
developed and is sponsored by the American Architectural Manufacturers
Association (AAMA), and is based on the industry consensus document
AAMA IPCB-08, Standard Practice for the Installation of Windows
and Doors in Commercial Buildings.
This standard covers the installation of aluminum windows and doors
in punched openings, including specialty shaped, horizontal ribbon
and vertical stack openings for both new construction and replacement
Course material includes:
- Accepted installation techniques;
- Proper material selection, including the correct use of sealant
- The proper installation and sealing of panning, receptor systems,
- Job site safety;
- Quality control; and
- Product care, adjustment, cleaning and much more.
Licensed by AAMA, ATI provides the two-day training classes, administers
exams and issues photo ID certification credentials to commercial
door and window installers who seek validation of their expertise.
Certified installers may also choose to include their name on a
web-based listing of certified installers for reference by customers,
and are allowed to use the InstallationMasters logo in their
The program offers several participation options:
- Accredited Instructor: Persons with five years industry experience
may apply to become an accredited instructor and attend an intensive
four-day instructors course that covers the class material and
effective teaching techniques. Prospective trainers take an examination
and are evaluated for their ability to teach the course materials
to the installers;
- Certified Installer: Installers with at least five years of
installation experience may attend the two-day class with one
of the accredited instructors. If they pass the written examination,
they are approved as a certified installer;
- Installation Company Certification: Installation companies that
employ at least one certified installer and have a documented
quality control system that meets program requirements may apply
to become a certified installation company. ATI then performs
periodic audits to verify that the quality system is being followed;
- Non-Certification Participant: Those lacking the required installation
experience, but who wish to learn the program installation techniques
(e.g., sales or administrative personnel) may attend an installer
training class and receive a certificate of completion.
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