EIFS—Doing It Right® Online Course

EIFS Doing It Right Certification Program

This online course consists of 15 modules covering a range of topics related to the correct installation and inspection of EIFS. Participants can study and review the course information at their own pace. At the completion of a module, participants will be required to pass an online assessment before moving on to the next module. The online course is available in English and Spanish for EIFS Mechanics and EIFS Industry Professionals.

There are two options for those registering for the Spanish version of the course.

  • Complete the English online registration form and choose Spanish as the language
  • Complete the Spanish version of the online registration form

Program Overview

The EIFS—Doing It Right® education program leads to a national certificate in one of three categories:

The program is a voluntary, industry-led effort that recognizes individuals who have met established criteria for experience and education and achieved specified standards as measured by the course assessments.

The national credential earned by the individual—EIFS mechanic, industry professional or inspector—is not the EIFSmart Contractor seal. A company must earn and then apply for the EIFSmart Contractor seal.


Instruction covers essential knowledge and techniques for correct EIFS installations and proper inspections. It is based on best practices and industry-accepted standards, primarily ASTM C1397. The focus of the course is Class PB EIFS (a polymer-based system) and is geared to new commercial construction. The course is not intended to replace physical on-the-job training or wet wall instruction, nor is it designed to teach inspection of existing residential construction or forensic material.

Course Expiration

Please note that you will have one year from the date you receive your course login email from AWCI to complete the course. Course fees are non-refundable. If you have not started the course during this one-year period, your course fee can be transferred to a qualified employee of your company. If you have started the course but not completed it during the one-year period, then the course fee cannot be transferred or refunded.

Topics Covered

  • Module 1: Introduction to EIFS—Doing It Right®
  • Module 2: EIFS—A Systems Approach
  • Module 3: Site Conditions and Requirements
  • Module 4: Substrates
  • Module 5: Water Management
  • Module 6: EPS Board Characteristics
  • Module 7: EPS Board Attachment—Part 1
  • Module 8: EPS Board Attachment—Part 2
  • Module 9: EPS Board Attachment—Part 3
  • Module 10: Reinforcing Mesh and Base Coat
  • Module 11: Finish Coat
  • Module 12: Sealants
  • Module 13: Maintenance and Repair
  • Module 14: Design and Inspection of EIFS
  • Module 15: Other Systems


The course content is presented using narrated slides featuring graphics, animations and video clips. The content is not product-specific; referral to the EIFS manufacturer is advised as situations dictate.

Each course module includes a printable version of the course slides. Participants can print these or save them to their electronic devices for the purpose of study, taking notes and future reference.

Browsers and Mobile Apps Required for Viewing the EIFS Online Course

Windows: Internet Explorer 11 or Microsoft Edge (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)

Mac: Safari (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)

Mobile: Safari in Apple iOS 10 and later, Google Chrome in Apple iOS 10 and later, Google Chrome in Android OS 4.4 and later


Modules 3-14 have required assessments that participants must pass before moving on to the next module. When all modules and assessment have been successfully completed, participants will be awarded certification from AWCI in their designated category. Certificate holders are then expected to comply with AWCI's Codes of Conduct which are included in the online registration form for each category.


Certificate holders will be listed on the National Certification Registry on AWCI's website and will receive a wallet card and wall certificate. In addition, they will be able to use the logo associated with their category of certification on promotional materials, and they are authorized to use designations after their name to recognize their achievement and communicate it to others:

  • CEM is for Certified EIFS Mechanic
  • CEP is for Certified EIFS Industry Professional
  • CEI is for Certified EIFS Inspector


The EIFS credential is valid for a limited time and must be renewed every three years (EIFS Inspectors) or five years (EIFS Industry Professionals and Mechanics). Individuals have until December 31 of the year their certificate expires to complete the recertification process.

Registration Procedures and Fees

Review the course registration procedures and fees and contact us at 703-538-1612 or eifs@awci.org if you have any questions. To register, just click on your category of certification and complete all required sections.

EIFS Mechanics / EIFS Industry Professionals / EIFS Inspectors
Mecánico del EIFS / Profesional de la Industria de EIFS


AWCI is grateful to the following organizations for providing technical expertise and graphics for use in the EIFS—Doing It Right® online course.

BASF Corporation (www.wallsystems.basf.com)
Boyd Consulting Group (www.mboydconsulting.com)
Dryvit Systems, Inc. (www.dryvit.com)
EIMA (www.eima.com)
Parex USA, Inc. (www.parexusa.com)
Robert A. Aird, Inc. (www.airdinc.com)
Sto Corp. (www.stocorp.com)