InstallationMasters Program Overhaul
Back in 2001, AAMA announced the nationwide launch of the InstallationMasters®
Program, providing training and certification to industry professionals installing windows and glass doors in residential and light commercial construction applications. The program has seen great success since that time with over 11,000 installers achieving certification. But as we all know, construction methods have evolved as have fenestration product designs, installation materials and code requirements, so it was time to take a fresh look at the InstallationMasters Program training content.
The training manual was reviewed in detailed and revised to include:
- Current performance standard references including mention of new region-specific installation practices that have been released throughout the last decade
- Updated hazardous material and safety information related to the Lead, Renovation and Repair (LRRP) requirements implemented by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), controlling mold and ladder/scaffolding use
- Current building and energy code information including updates and clarifications to Emergency Escape and Rescue Openings (EERO) and safety glazing requirements
- Inclusion of Window Opening Control Device (WOCD) information
- Significantly updated flashing materials information including revisions regarding sill pan flashing and the addition of liquid-applied flashing
Classes scheduled from this point forward will utilize these new training materials.
Additionally, the program has gotten a facelift to refresh the brand. This new design has been applied to the new training manual and other classroom training materials as well as to the brochure provided to certified installers to help them leverage the value of their credential. There are also plans to carry through this updated branding to the InstallationMasters Program website.
But this is just the first phase of the program overhaul. There’s much more to come in terms of expansion and segmentation of training content to offer retrofit or new construction specialties and possibly even severe wind and water exposure practices. Plus, a website re-design project is being developed that promises to provide better functionality for those interested in taking the training as well as those who are seeking certified installers. Stay tuned in the coming months for more information about the exciting future plans for this legacy program.