A big move to a new, big office — and two weeks of big problems with e-mail and Internet access. A week in Las Vegas for the International Builders’ Show. A massive snowstorm that paralyzed the Washington, D.C., region for a few days. Two issues of the magazine that had to wrap up in about two weeks.

That was pretty much my hectic January here at DWM, which meant a few things got pushed to the back burner. However, my work toward a FenestrationAssociate certificate was not one of them.

In early December 2015, I wrote about my first dive into the professional certification program. A couple of weeks later, I updated you on Round 2.

Right before the new year, I completed Round 3.

And even with all that was going on in January, I wrapped up Round 4.

The material in this section covered code requirements, energy efficiency and thermal performance, and skylights for daylighting. Like my other coursework, it was informative, and it definitely helped me learn more about the industry I cover.

So what is the FenestrationAssociate course? It’s an educational program from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA). It 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.

FenestrationAssociate is a great professional certification that will help your career — and your company.  It could also be the first step toward the FenestrationMasters program, an advanced certification for seasoned industry professionals.

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



  1. January was a crazy month for sure! Your coverage of the Builders Show was excellent, and a great way for those of us who were in our offices to keep up with all the industry buzz. Good luck as you continue to pursue your FenestrationAssociate certification! Looking forward to seeing you in sunny California next week at the AAMA Annual Conference!

  2. Thanks, Angela! Looking forward to the AAMA Conference as well!

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