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.





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General Information

Before completing the online application form linked below, read the descriptions for the three certification categories. Select the category that matches your qualifications and needs and then complete the relevant sections of the form. AWCI reserves the right to deny applications for and participation in the program. Discovery of false information may cause disqualification or later revocation of certificate.

Once your registration is processed and accepted, you will receive a detailed email with instructions for accessing and navigating the course. You will usually hear from us within a few days, but it can take up to a week.


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.


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.

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


Certificate holders will be listed on the National Certification Registry on AWCI's website and will receive a 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
Course Expiration

Please note that you will have six months from the date you receive your course login email from AWCI to complete the course. Course fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Application Fees

If your employer is an AWCI member, you qualify for the AWCI Member Rate, which is 50 percent less than the Non-member Rate. To verify an employer's membership status, contact Annemarie Selvitelli at (703) 538-1731 or [email protected]

If you are recertifying (your current EIFS certificate expires at the end of this year), you would pay the applicable recertifying rate as noted below.

    AWCI Member Rate   Non-member Rate Years
EIFS Mechanics   $275   $600 5
EIFS Mechanics Recertifying   $225   $450 5
EIFS Industry Professionals   $300   $600 5
EIFS Industry Professionals Recertifying   $225   $450 5
EIFS Inspectors   $300   $600 3
EIFS Inspectors Recertifying   $225   $450 3


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


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)

AWCI Contact Information

Further inquiries may be made to the registrar at:

Phone: (703) 538-1612
E-mail: [email protected]

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