TRAINING SKILLED TRADESMEN
AT THE ACADEMY OF
WINDOW & DOOR INSTALLATION

THE WINDOW FITTERS GUILD
The mark of the Window Fitters Guild is an official Certification Mark registered with the US Government PTO. Those who display the mark proudly attest to the fitting of window and door products to the Standards and Practices as registered and in accordance with procedures and training provided by AWDI - based on recognized codes, and industry best practices. Using our systems, you will be the only company able to offer the industry’s first and only Federally Registered Certification Mark Registration No. 78939046 (PRINCIPAL REGISTER) on all your installs.

AWDI has been training and certifying fenestration tradesmen since 1991, and pioneered fenestration installation standards, procedures and training in 1989. The first standard was established by AWDI. The first Certification program was established by AWDI. And the first Installation Training Academy was chartered by AWDI. AWDI is listed as a reference in the ASTM E2212 work, and AWDI is participating in the re-writing of ASTM E2112 and the ASTM Task Group E06.51.11 (Fenestration Installation) working on revised methods for Coastal Installation. We have created and published illustrated manuals for all types of installation in all types of construction and offer on-line CEU course through Red Vector.

Qualifications for Window Fitter

WHO IS THIS TRAINING and CERTIFICATION FOR?
This training structure is part of an overall Window Fitters Guild occupational standard. This training is aimed at those who work as installers and surveyors of fenestration systems for new construction (both light commercial and residential) and retrofit/replacement (light commercial and residential).

It is not expected that fitters and surveyors do the same activities: the training is structured to assure` that each occupation has its own group of units in a separate option group, although they both share common units in the mandatory section of the qualification.

The standards and training cover the most important aspects of the job. The following training is at Level 3, and should taken by those who are experienced installers or surveyors, capable of dealing with a wide range of problems, including working with installations that have complex requirements. Successful candidates will often take a technical supervisory role, particularly in relation to less-experienced fitters or surveyors. They will also work closely with customers and have well-developed customer service skills.

There are alternative training opportunities for Fenestration Installation at Level 2 also available.

Candidates for this qualification could be assessed installing or surveying in the context of Windows and Doors, Curtain Walling, Screen Walling, or Conservatories.

 Candidates are likely to have jobs entitled:
• Architectural Glazing Installer
• Conservatory Installer
• Curtain Walling Installer
• Installation Specialist
• Surveyor - Fenestration Systems
• Job Foreman

THE ACADEMY OF WINDOW AND DOOR INSTALLATION
The mission of the AWDI School is to provide training and definition for trade skills necessary for proper installation of window and door products. This training will upgrade existing labor and produce new and qualified labor and a way to measure and identify the skill, experience and quality level of all available labor.

Barrier versus Drainage
There are two approaches to installation of fenestration products that attempt to limit damage caused by water penetration of the wall and structure. One is the Barrier Method which seeks to block water intrusion and migration. The other is the Drainage method which installs fenestration products with the idea that all water that does intrude or migrate into the opening will be re-directed into the drainage plane of the wall and out and away from the interior.

The Academy of Window & Door Installation subscribes to the Drainage Method which has bee proven to be the method that prevents water intrusion, vapor migration, and the resulting rot, mold, and/or damage and deterioration of the structure - inside and out.

In addition to redefining proper drainage and vapor barrier continuity, the Academy will:
1.     Define Proper Installation
2.     Establish methods to take consistent products and produce consistent results while dealing with inconsistent openings
3.      Establish a delivery system to train installers of new construction products in the new techniques and standards to be established in conjunction with new standards, codes, methods and accepted principles
4.     Introduce new tools, techniques and materials to the installation trade

The Academy defines Proper installation to include:
1.     Plumb, Square and Level
2.     Securely mounted to the structure as defined by code
3.     No moisture penetration or damage in the opening due to faulty or improper vapor barrier, sealing or capping/panning
4.     No significant change in the plumb, square, and/or level of the new window or door that impedes its proper operation
5.     Interior and exterior shall be trimmed and/or finished to a condition in accordance with accepted building practices and applicable codes

The Academy will define a trade called Window Fitter. There will be three basic grades of window fitters:        
1.     Apprentice- Graduate of the School with basic tool skills
2.     Journeyman – Graduate of the School with up to 2 years field experience
3.     Master- Graduate of the School with 4 -5 years field experience and/or Graduate of the School with additional course in Installation Management and Costing

The Academy will also define the trade of “Surveyor” which will encompass those who measure the opening and specify the needed procedures to remove the old window, specify the new window and define how the new product will be installed.

Creation of a trade with specific training and skill steps within the trade will:
1.     Elevate status of installation from a necessary expense to be minimized, to equality with the product (value added) — without which delivery of the total service (product and installation) is neither complete nor worthwhile.
2.     Create measurable differences between installation and “fitting” allowing for greater charges for the installation portion of the service.
3.     Establish pay grades for skill levels.
4.     Create incentive to grow within the trade. Too often, now, to get more money, installing labor either moves on to make their own, independent business, or they tray to become dealers where they perceive the money is. Both drive down the quality of the installation
5.     Create incentive for fitters to become employees of dealers rather than sub contractors. Dealers will see that trained and graded labor is key to efficiency and profit, almost without regard to the cost per opening.
6.     Create incentive for competition among installing entities (dealers, independent sub contractors and professional installing companies) based on quality rather than cost.

 The Academy of Window and Door Installation creates a forum and testing ground for development of new and better materials, techniques, and accessories to improve the quality and performance of window and door installation.

Lastly. The Academy will define and package 3 distinct grades of Installation for both New Construction and Retrofit/Replacement.
This is designed to allow tradesmen to properly price/cost installation procedures and allow consumers to choose better results from a list of options built to match conditions and products. This will raise the level of installation and increase the investment customers will make in the installation of their fenestration products, and ultimately attract higher skilled fitters who will accomplish proper installation in a more timely fashion and at a reduced overall cost.


WINDOW FITTERS GUILD • AWDI, LLC.
11231 US HIGHWAY ONE - SUITE 382
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561-935-6572 • FAX 561-420-0142
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