The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has announced the availability of certification exams for the association’s FenestrationMasters program, a nationwide education and certification program for professionals in the window, door, skylight, curtainwall, storefront and sloped glazing industries. FenestrationMaster (advanced-level) and FenestrationAssociate (entry-level) students who have successfully completed the required coursework can take the certification exam at any number of testing centers across the U.S.
“Development of a professional training and certification program of this scope is a substantial undertaking, and we are exceptionally pleased to have assembled a high-quality program culminating in the release of these certification exams,” says Janice Yglesias, AAMA’s association services director. “Feedback received thus far from our current certification candidates about the coursework and online delivery system has been very positive. Several individuals have nearly completed the entire required curriculum, so we are looking forward to processing our first exam registration and awarding our first certification.”
During the AAMA Fall Conference to be held October 27-30 in Baltimore, AAMA will launch the option to administer exams outside of established testing centers using AAMA-authorized exam proctors. For those who register and attend the Fall Conference, no additional fees will be required to complete the FenestrationMaster or FenestrationAssociate exam in conjunction with the event.
In addition to the availability of certification exams, AAMA has completed the Candidate Guide and Study Notebook. The Candidate Guide explains how the program works, the necessary steps to become certified and what materials may be utilized during the exam. The Guide also provides sample exam questions and answers. In an effort to provide FenestrationMaster and FenestrationAssociate students with a printable reference to the courses, as well as a place to take notes to aid in preparing to take the exam, AAMA is offering a new resource called the Study Notebook to existing students for free.
FenestrationMasters was developed to help companies differentiate their business and increase their credibility by offering their customers the benefit of employees who have pursued a well-rounded education in the fenestration industry.
“FenestrationMasters is truly unique in that it is the only publicly available professional education and certification program concentrated on the fenestration industry. Due to AAMA’s material and product neutrality, as well as our long history of technical expertise, students will learn from an unbiased, industry-leading source,” says Angela Dickson, AAMA’s marketing manager.
There are two different credentials available through the program, both requiring successful completion of the applicable coursework and the certification exam: FenestrationMaster and FenestrationAssociate. There are no prerequisites to qualify for the FenestrationAssociate (entry-level) certification. To qualify for the FenestrationMaster (advanced-level) certification, one of the following prerequisites must be met:
- Four-year degree in engineering, architecture or applied sciences and four years fenestration product-related experience
- Six years fenestration product-related experience
AAMA released Group six courses in July, making the entire curriculum available to FenestrationMasters students. View a full course listing.