A little over year ago, I was a fenestration newbie.

Despite 25 years in newspapers covering a wide range of topics, my knowledge of doors and windows was fairly limited — even with a father who’s been in the industry for more than 50 years. So when I joined DWM as editor in December 2014, I knew I needed to get up to speed on the science behind glass, metal, vinyl and all the other materials that make up these products.

That’s where the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) FenestrationAssociate program comes in.

I’ll admit it — I got off to a slow start with my studies. I completed the first segment in April 2015 — and then I didn’t revisit the program for six months. I finally completed my certification in February.

Should I have knocked out the coursework faster? Sure. But like you, my job keeps me pretty busy. That’s one of the great things about the FenestrationAssociate and FenestrationMasters programs — the study sessions are Web-based, so you can work on them at your own pace, and at times that are convenient for you. The final exam can be taken at testing centers across the country, or at the three AAMA conferences that are held each year all over the U.S.

There’s a great sense of accomplishment in earning the certification, but also goes deeper than that. This makes me a much more valuable employee to DWM and Key Communications — and it’ll do the same for you in your business. Whether you’re in sales, marketing, manufacturing or installation, earning the FenestrationAssociate or FenestrationMaster certificate tells your company that you care deeply about this industry and that you’re willing to go the extra mile to learn all about it.

It also can’t hurt when it’s time for the annual employee review.

So what are you waiting for? Get started on improving yourself right now with a FenestrationAssociate or FenestrationMasters certification.

It’s one of the best things I’ve done in my entire professional career. It could be for you, too.


1 Comment

  1. Congratulations on this great accomplishment! And, don’t forget to use the letter designation FAPC after your name, similar to PE or AIA. Looks great on a business card!

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