Has it been a year already? Wow. Time flies when you’re working hard, learning a lot and having fun.

I joined DWM in December 2014. Since that time, I’ve traveled all over North America, and I’ve met some great people. I’ve also learned what “fenestration” means. That’s right — in 27 years as a professional editor and writer, I’d never encountered that word before.

But perhaps most important, I’ve learned a lot about the science and skill behind fenestration products. Of course, research for the stories I’ve written has helped, but much of my education has come from my ongoing work toward a FenestrationAssociate certificate.

FenestrationAssociate is an educational program from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA). The coursework provides a comprehensive overview of doors, windows and related components — how they’re made, how they function and the performance standards they have to meet. So far, more than 50 industry professionals have finished the course.

The first section of the course, which I recently completed, covers window selection, glass, performance standards for doors and windows, and special challenges such as sound abatement, wind-borne debris and blast mitigation. Other topics include fenestration materials such as aluminum, fiberglass and vinyl; coatings and finishes; energy efficiency; and installation techniques. Each educational section is followed by a short quiz that you must pass with a grade of 80 or higher.

When you complete all five sections, you take a 100-question exam. If you pass, you earn a great professional certification that will help your career — and your company. There’s also the FenestrationMasters program, an advanced certification for seasoned industry professionals.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up today and start learning about our industry.


1 Comment

  1. It’s great to hear that you’ve gained such valuable insight from the FenestrationAssociate coursework! Good luck as you continue your studies and prepare for the exam!

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