New Training Materials and Classes Now Available for FGIA InstallationMasters Combined ProgramJune 17th, 2021 by Editor
The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has announced the availability of new training materials and classes for the InstallationMasters Combined Training and Certification Program, which addresses proper installation of doors and windows for new construction and replacement/remodeling.
This program was launched June 1 and will replace the original training materials, which will be discontinued as of July 1. An in-person class for individuals interested in becoming newly accredited to teach the InstallationMasters Combined Program installer training is scheduled for July 12-16.
“FGIA sought input from InstallationMasters instructors, who have many years of training experience and vast knowledge of installation methods. Released in 2021 and previously referred to as the ‘Original’ program, this updated ‘Combined’ segment encompasses content that accredited instructors felt was most valuable to professionals in the field,” said Kaydeen Laird, FGIA education manager.
Installers attend a two-day class and successfully complete the exam to become certified. For instructors, a five-day class and successful exam completion are required.
“Since InstallationMasters was originally introduced in 1999, new consensus-based installation methods have been developed and are now included in the updated training content,” said Rich Rinka, InstallationMasters lead trainer and FGIA technical manager, Fenestration Standards and U.S. Industry Affairs.
The training materials include updated imagery and new information which will cover topics on windows with a mounting flange in open stud frame constructions for low wind/water exposure (AAMA 2400, an FGIA document); windows with an exterior flush fin over an existing window (AAMA 2410, an FGIA document); exterior windows, doors and skylights (ASTM E2112); windows with flanges or mounting fins in wood frame construction for extreme wind and water conditions (FMA/AAMA 100); mounting flange windows into walls utilizing foam plastic insulating sheathing (FPIS) with a separate water-resistive barrier (WRB) (FMA/AAMA/WDMA 500); and full frame replacement of windows without removal of external brick veneer (FMA/AAMA/WDMA 2710)
The table of contents from the InstallationMasters Combined Program Manual provides an overview of the training, including new content.