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Upcoming EIFS Seminars Offer Added Benefits

The Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industries—International, Falls Church, Va., announces added benefits for participants of the upcoming fall/winter EIFS education and certification programs. Those who participate in the upcoming seminars can anticipate the opportunity for their company to gain a new corporate distinction: EIFSmart Contractor.

New to AWCI’s EIFS programs, the EIFSmart Contractor distinction provides recognition for EIFS contracting companies that have committed to standardized, generic EIFS training that leads to national certification. This year, to qualify as an EIFSmart Contractor, two employees must be nationally certified, one from management and one from the field, per company. EIFSmart Contractor companies will gain quality distinction from their competitors, and will have a bidding edge as more and more architects specify this type of company accreditation. The benefits and rewards for those holding the EIFSmart Contractor recognition will increase over the next three years, and the eligibility requirements will become more stringent.

Certification opportunities are available through AWCI’s EIFS education and certificate seminars. The upcoming fall/winter schedule is as follows:

Dates and Locations Registration Deadlines

Nov. 4-5, 2002 in Albuquerque, N.M. Oct. 11, 2002
Feb. 10-11, 2003 in Orlando, Fla. Jan. 17, 2003
March 10-11, 2003 in Las Vegas, Nev. Feb. 14, 2003

Drawing from its 80-year heritage, AWCI’s generic instruction on correct installation techniques is not product specific. Seminars are offered for three certification categories: The mechanic’s certificate is for applicators and superintendents. The mechanic’s certification program is also available in a video/workbook format, in English or Spanish. The EIFS inspector’s certification is for qualifying independent inspectors and proficient EIFS personnel, and the industry professional certification is for manufacturers, distributors, contractors, design professionals, engineers and apprenticeship instructors who want to broaden their EIFS knowledge.

Those who attend a seminar will also benefit from the changes made after a recent annual review of past programs and from an Inspector’s Focus Group held in July. The focus group, comprised of 10 experienced, independent inspectors from around the country, discussed various aspects of the inspection program.

Since 1918, AWCI has been serving wall and ceiling contractors, manufacturers, suppliers/distributors and others allied to the fields of acoustics, drywall, EIFS, fireproofing, insulation, plaster, steel framing, stucco and many other interior and exterior applications. AWCI’s official publication is AWCI’s Construction Dimensions, a monthly, four-color magazine that serves the wall and ceiling industry.

Courtesy of AWCI


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