The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) officially launched the new AAMA FenestrationMasters professional certification program at the 2010 GlassBuild America show, which opened this week in Las Vegas. The program also was introduced on Sept. 15 during the Window & Door Dealers Forum – one of the show’s educational seminars.
The FenestrationMasters program offers training content based on consensus-based AAMA standards. The program coursework covers a wide range of subject matters including performance standards, product and material types and code requirements. Coursework is accessed through MyWindowClass.com, which is owned and operated by the National Glass Association at www.glass.org. The online education format allows professionals to complete the coursework at their own pace and convenience, simply through access to any computer with an Internet connection.
There will be two different credentials available through the program:
- Certified FenestrationMaster: To qualify for advanced certification, a four-year degree in engineering, architecture or applied sciences and four years of full-time fenestration-related experience is required or 72 months of full-time experience in the fenestration industry. This credential level requires successful completion of 50 hours of coursework, as well as achieving the required score on the certification exam.
- Certified FenestrationAssociate: To qualify for entry-level certification, a four-year degree and 12 months of full-time fenestration-related experience is required or 36 months of full-time experience in the fenestration industry. This credential level requires successful completion of 30 hours of coursework as well as achieving the required score on the certification exam.