InstallationMasters – Improving on an Incomparable Legacy
In August 2016, we shared news about updates that had been made to the content of the InstallationMasters® Program – a program designed to provide training and certification to industry professionals installing windows and doors in residential and light commercial construction applications. At that time, we also mentioned some upcoming enhancements related to the InstallationMasters website and segmenting the training into replacement and new construction programs.
In March, AAMA brought the program administration and management in-house after having been handled for 15 years by Architectural Testing, Inc. (ATI). We are grateful for ATI’s dedication to the program over the years and all they have done to maintain its success.
Managing the program directly allows AAMA closer communication with the instructors who are instrumental to its growth and relevance. We have already updated the website to match the new program branding launched last summer and recently held forums with instructors who frequently teach the installer class to gather feedback about future improvements. We will also be hosting an instructor training class for the existing program later this summer.
Beyond that, we have been diligently working with the InstallationMasters Program Management Committee (Chair Steve Strawn, JELD-WEN) to re-assemble the training content into replacement-only and new construction-only segments, which will additionally be offered together in a combined class for those who continue to be interested in installation methods for both markets. Re-structuring the content has also involved adding information from newer installation practices that AAMA has published. Development of the InstallationMasters Replacement Program is nearing completion and we will begin accrediting instructors to teach this class later this month.
Next on the docket is to develop a “bridge” program to allow instructors accredited for the existing program to add accreditation for the new Replacement Program; this will likely occur via online training with a related proctored exam component. Then it’s on to developing the InstallationMasters New Construction Program, which is targeted for release in 2018.
We’re hosting a free webinar on June 13 that’s open to the entire industry to learn more about the future plans for the InstallationMasters Program. Watch for email announcements about the webinar and be sure to register to attend.