InstallationMasters Trains 10,000th Window Installer
The InstallationMasters program has reached a milestone, registering its 10,000th participant in January. Initially developed by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, the program trains and certifies residential window installers as a means to ensure intended product performance in the field.
“We are enthused about reaching this 10,000-trainee milestone,” says Ben Myers, ATI’s InstallationMasters program administrator. “Of this total, some 6,000 installers are continuing to maintain their certification," he notes. That's not a bad number, considering the depressed conditions in the construction and renovation market, he continues and "speaks to the installers’ view of this program as having real value to their competitive posture.”
Myers foresees continued gains for the program as well. He notes that InstallationMasters has much to offer in meeting the goals of the Energy Star Windows program, which is looking to address installation concerns to make sure products meet their full energy-saving potential. In addition, the proposed new Home Star program now working its way through Congress includes tax rebates for window replacement, but is also likely to require that contractors have some sort of third-party accreditation. Myers points out that InstallationMasters is a prime example of such established programs already available through ATI as a third-party provider.
Pointing to new EPA requirements mandating that contractors, including window installers, be lead certified to work on pre-1978 buildings, Myers also reports that “ATI is in the process of obtaining approval as an accredited lead abatement training provider. We will be using our network of over 200 accredited instructors to get the Lead Renovator program out to the general public. Contractors taking the InstallationMasters training can simply stay in class an extra day and receive the eight-hour lead mitigation credential as part of the same effort. InstallationMasters has never been timelier than it is today.”
Finally, Myers reports that based on the success of the residential InstallationMasters program, ATI is launching a new Commercial InstallationMasters program addressing contractors who install windows in commercial buildings. The first train-the-trainer class was held in April, with the program, based on AAMA ICPB-1-2008, Standard Practice for the Installation of Windows and Doors in Commercial Buildings, scheduled to be ready by the end of this month.