The AWCI program is based on industry-accepted best practices and standards, primarily ASTM C1397. While the self-study format is geared to the applicator, other EIFS personnel, such as distributors, superintendents and project managers, as well as general contractors, architects and inspectors can also benefit from the information provided. This program is not intended to replace physical on-the-job training or wet wall instruction.
Mechanics may become AWCI certified by attending an instructor-led course OR by using the self-study format. The mechanics certificate is the only category offered using the self-study format. EIFS inspectors and/or industry professionals may become certified only by attending an instructor-led format. There are pre-qualifications that must be met to be eligible to take any of the exams.
The self-study format consists of a DVD and companion workbook, and it is available in English and Spanish. It provides a convenient and economical way to educate your work force on the correct application techniques of Class PB EIFS and prepares the EIFS applicator to become a Certified EIFS Mechanic (CEM).
The EIFS—Doing It Right® education program is "generic," which means participants learn about the commonalities of systems rather than manufacturer specifics. AWCI's program addresses EIFS as the "system" that it is rather than proprietary specifics. Unlike manufacturers’ classes, AWCI's education concludes with a test to measure learning. (The manufacturer's certificate is often required by the manufacturer before an applicator can install using their product.) The information and procedures for both the DVD and workbook have been reviewed and approved by a panel of 11 experts, including EIFS contractors, manufacturers, as well as union and industry association personnel.
The workbook includes practice quizzes at the end of each chapter to reinforce the information provided and the DVD includes video clips of on-the-job procedures.
Pre-qualifications to become an AWCI Certified EIFS Mechanic (CEM) using the self-study format
- Minimum of one year of application experience installing EIFS in the field OR completion of the EIFS instruction portion of a qualified plastering apprenticeship program.
- Ability to read and understand English and/or Spanish at a sixth-grade level. (It is preferred that participants also have the ability to read blueprints.)
Who can test to become AWCI certified using the self-study format
EIFS applicators (mechanics) who meet the pre-qualifications are the only ones who may test to become an AWCI Certified EIFS Mechanic (CEM) after completing the self-study format.
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