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Quality Times | News and updated from the AWI Quality Certification Corporation
Fall 2012
In This Issue:
Top News
•  Revised AWS Standards Test Now Available
•  Reminder: Revised QCP Policies Test Now Ready
•  ATTN QCP-accredited Woodworkers: 2013 Renewal Period Begins November 1
•  QCP Provides Quality Assurance for the New Doha International Airport
•  Check Your Specs; Receive a Gift
View from Here
•  QCP Update
Tech Talk
•  Veneer Requirements for Premium-grade Flush Doors, According to the AWS
•  Upcoming Events
Q Top News
Revised AWS Standards Test Now Available

The required test on the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) has been revised and is now ready to take. Changes to the new version include a reduction in the total number of questions to 100 from 150. In addition, the test now pulls 50% of the questions from the AWS sections for which a woodworking firm requires certification.

The AWS Standards test is a requirement for all QCP applicants, and is required of current Q-accredited firms every three years. A minimum score of 85% is required to pass. The test is taken open-book, using the latest edition of the AWS. 

The test can be found on our Web site, Click on Take Test in the lower left-hand side of the screen. You will need your username and password in order to log in.

Taking the test online is convenient and once completed, results are generated immediately. Also, you do not need to complete the test in a single sitting. You may save your progress and return to complete the test at a later date and time if so desired.

Those requiring further assistance taking the AWS Standards test may contact the Credentialing Manager, Jennica Edwards at or 800-449-8811.

Reminder: Revised QCP Policies Test Now Ready

The Policies test is one of two tests required for QCP accreditation. The other test, referred to as the AWS Standards test, is mentioned above.

Following recent revisions to the QCP Policies test, all current participants and applicants are required to retake it.

Taking the Test
The test consists of 70 questions concerning the QCP Policies. A score of at least 85 percent is required to pass. We recommend that a project manager or person responsible for overseeing your certified projects take the test. The test is to be taken open-book, using the 2012 QCP Policies. Click here to download a copy of the QCP Policies before beginning the test.

The test can be found on our Web site, Click on Take Test in the lower left-hand side of the screen. You will need your username and password in order to log in.

Taking the test online is convenient and once completed, results are generated immediately. Also, you do not need to complete the test in a single sitting. You may save your progress and return to complete the test at a later date and time if so desired.

Those requiring further assistance taking the QCP Policies test may contact Jennica Edwards at or 800-449-8811.

ATTN QCP-accredited Woodworkers: 2013 Renewal Period Begins November 1

According to the QCP Policies, the annual renewal period for all currently accredited firms begins November 1, 2012. QCC will mail invoices on this day. The renewal process involves three steps:

  1. Payment of renewal fees ($1,250 for current AWI manufacturing members; $2,650 for all others).
  2. Passing score on the revised QCP Policies test in 2012 and a passing score on the AWS Standards test within the last three years.
  3. Signature and date of acknowledgement on the AWI QCC Code of Ethics form.

Renewals are due by 11:59 PM EST, Dec. 31, 2012. Companies that submit after this date will be charged a $300 late fee. Those who have not yet been QCP-accredited for one full year are also required to renew, and will receive a pro-rated renewal invoice for 2013.

Renewals may be submitted by mail, by fax (with a credit card number) or they can be completed online. Simply click here to renew online or visit the Web site,, at your convenience. NOTE: You will need your username (C-number) and password (P-number) to renew online.

Questions about renewals or tests may be directed to AWI QCC Credentialing Manager Jennica Edwards at

We look forward to your continued participation with the QCP in 2013!

QCP Provides Quality Assurance for the New Doha International Airport
by QCP Program Director Wayne Hintz

Exterior corner of the NDIA Airport terminal 

In 2012, QCP continued its involvement in notable overseas projects, the latest example of which was providing compliance assessment for retail and concession fixtures in the New Doha International Airport (NDIA) terminal, Doha, Qatar. HOK Architects specified the QCP as a major component of the project’s quality assurance team. Since June, QCP Program Director Wayne Hintz and Field Representative John Reininger have traveled to both Doha and Amstetten, Austria, location of the casework subcontractor Umdasch Group, to become familiar with the site and participate in evaluation of mock-ups which will eventually become the display and sales platforms for NDIA’s high-end retailers.

Entertainment center for the royal family -- in progress at the time of the SACODECO accreditation. The carved and in-laid unit supports an 80” central flat screen TV surrounded by 42” monitors 

While in the Middle East, Wayne and John also travelled to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to visit the woodworking division of SACODECO, a prominent firm seeking QCP accreditation. Traditional skills (Arabesque design, hand carving, marquetry, gold leaf and veneering) combined with state-of-the-art casework production make SACODECO a truly impressive and memorable company. They are currently the first and only millwork company on the Arabian Peninsula to be QCP accredited. Congratulations to SACODECO, and sincere thanks to Facility Manager Ziad Naserddine and his team for their gracious hospitality and hard work. 

Check Your Specs; Receive a Gift

Due to the wide array of discrepancies seen in project specifications calling for the AWI Quality Certification Program (QCP), the QCC is asking all woodworkers and architects to ‘Check Your Specs.’ 

Click here to ‘Check Your Specs’ now, and receive a special gift for helping us clean up the QCP specification language.

Incorrect specification of the QCP can nullify the program's ability to provide for quality assurance of doors or any millwork project, resulting in the possibility that the woodwork specified may not meet quality expectations.

Proper specification of the QCP means that the doors and millwork fabricated, finished and installed on a project will receive all of the quality assurance benefits offered by the program, including third-party project inspections by industry experts, conformance to industry-wide standards and project specifications, and access to pre-qualified QCP-accredited door and woodwork contractors.

The purpose of the QCP is to protect design professionals' reputations for delivering quality doors and millwork. Best of all, there is no charge to specify the QCP correctly. Simply click here to ‘Check Your Specs’ online and complete the form at the bottom of the page to receive your free, heat-sensitive, color-changing coffee mug. 

Q View from Here
QCP Update
by Jennica Edwards, QCP Credentialing Manager

It is a busy time here in the QCC office! The phone has been ringing off the hook from prospective applicants, we are planning for the upcoming renewal period, and AWS and Policies test results keep rolling in.

One reason for the uptick in activity is due to the recent release of the Architectural Woodwork Standards test. We took into account much of the feedback we received from our participants and have focused the test on the specific accreditation scope of each individual company. In this way, each test is unique to each woodworker. This is an example of how we are continuously striving to improve and meet the needs of our participants. We hope this new version of the test will provide a much more specific educational training tool for our woodworkers.

I am greatly encouraged by many participants’ enthusiasm for the possibility of educating their staff with the newly released Architectural Woodwork Standards test. It can be a valuable asset for all employees to familiarize themselves with the AWS. Please feel free to contact me if you wish to set up additional usernames and passwords for your employees.

I look forward to a great end to 2012, and hope to see all of our participants renewing for 2013! 

Q Tech Talk
Veneer Requirements for Premium-grade Flush Doors, According to the AWS
By Shows Leary, regional Q-representative

Section 9 of the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) contains manufacturing requirements for Premium- and Custom-grade flush veneer and stile and rail doors. Below are some the requirements for Premium-grade veneer specifications.

On page 211, item, there are several general notations about veneer requirements. Included are notes about the requirements for the widths of the outermost veneer leaves on a door face. For Premium-grade doors, "the outer leaves, after trimming, will not exceed 1/2" less than its adjoining leaf."

Another item regards the terms "natural," "heartwood" and "sapwood". If the specification calls for "natural Maple," you should expect to supply unlimited amounts of sapwood and heartwood. If only sapwood or heartwood is desired, then it must be specified. "White" is defined in the glossary on page 404, meaning the veneer contains all sapwood and no heartwood. (Both heartwood and sapwood are defined in the glossary as well.)

Item discusses veneer thickness. Due to the many types of veneer slicing equipment and variables within the trees themselves, the AWS does not have a minimum thickness requirement for veneers. The requirement is that the veneer "shall be of sufficient thickness so as not to permit show-through of cross banding after sanding and finishing."

Moving along to the Product section of Section 9, on page 225, you will note at item a series of requirements for veneer matching at transparent finish flush doors. For Premium-grade doors, the minimum requirement is for balanced center-matched HPVA Grade AA veneers. Balanced match is defined on page 381 of the glossary as "two or more leaves of uniform width on the face of a panel, wherein the two outermost leaves in a panel or face are the same width."

Center matched is defined on page 383 of the glossary as "two or more even numbered leaves of equal width, matched with a joint occurring in the center of a panel." A quick test to confirm a balanced center match is to find the centerline of your door face. There should be a veneer seem in the center. Then, look at the edges and check that the outermost leaves on each side are the same width and within 1/2" of the width of inner leaves.

One of the most common door faces is Birch. On page 226 is the beginning of the HPVA face summaries. For Birch, the AWS indicates that both grades can be broken down into white, red/brown or natural, and the slicing techniques can be plain sliced, quarter sliced or rotary sliced. In both grades for "white Birch" sapwood, which is white in color, is the part of the veneer that is required. For Premium-grade, the veneer leaves for plain sliced and rotary need to be a minimum of 5" in width, while for Custom-grade the minimum is 4".

Special Characteristics
Premium-grade allows for a small conspicuous pin knot, 1/4" or less in diameter, within a 5 square-foot section. A typical architectural door at 3/0x7/0 contains 21 square-feet on one face. At the most you could expect 4 pin knots in that face if they are all separated and not within 5-square-feet of each other. A book-matched set of veneers with a continual row of knots in every adjacent leave would not qualify, even for Custom grade. Pin knots larger than 1/4" are not allowed for Premium grade.

Also, according to Premium-grade, cutting out and repair of knot holes is not allowed. This applies to both Premium and Custom grade. If you need a "Dutchmen" in the face of your door, reject it! It will not pass for either grade.

In Premium grade, no mineral streaking or bark pockets are allowed. Premium grade does however allow for slight worm tracks, vine marks and cross bars. Unsure what all of these characteristics are? Look in the AWS glossary where they are all defined.

Whether you are making flush veneer doors or buying them out for a project, get to know your veneer requirements, and rest assured you are providing AWS Premium-grade compliant doors to your customer.

For additional information on this topic, please contact Shows Leary directly at

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October 31 – November 2, 2012
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Congratulations to the following companies that recently earned Q-accreditation. Look for these and more than 500 other Q-accredited woodworkers at

Accurate Custom Cabinets, Inc. 
Addison, IL 
Accreditation Date: 6/18/2012 
AWS Sections: P8.3, P11, P6.4, P8 E

Cozzens Cabinets 
Cedar City, UT 
Accreditation Date: 7/19/2012 
AWS Sections: P5, P6 E, C10.3, P10 E, P11 E

Garrity's, Inc. 
Rushland, PA 
Accreditation Date: 8/21/2012 
AWS Sections: P5, P8.1, P10.1, P10.3, P11, P11 E

Install Solutions International 
Kansas City, MO 
Accreditation Date: 9/14/2012 
AWS Sections: P8 E, P9 E, P10 E, P11 E

Lamtech, Inc
Florence, AL 
Accreditation Date: 8/21/2012 
AWS Sections: P8.1, P11, C10.1

Milestone Cabinetry & Millwork LLC 
Merrillville, IN 
Accreditation Date: 8/21/2012 
AWS Sections: P5, P8.1

Peralta Woodworks, Inc. 
Columbia, SC 
Accreditation Date: 9/17/2012 
AWS Sections: P8.3, P10.1, P10.2, P10.3, P11, P11 E, P8 E, P10 E

Russell Carroll Manufacturing, Inc. 
Raleigh, NC 
Accreditation Date: 9/6/2012 
AWS Sections: P11, C10.3

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 
Accreditation Date: 7/3/2012 
AWS Sections: P5, P6.1, P6 E, P8.1, P8.2, P8.3, P8 E, P9.1, P9.2, P9.3, P9 E, P10.1, P10.2

Southern Cabinetry, Inc. 
Bidwell, OH 
Accreditation Date: 8/20/2012 
AWS Section: P11

Superior Woodwork and Trim LLC 
Deridder, LA 
Accreditation Date: 8/8/2012 
AWS Sections: P10.1, P10.3, P10 E, P11, P11 E

Taj Construction, Inc. 
Fredericksburg, VA 
Accreditation Date: 7/17/2012 
AWS Sections: P5, P8.1, P10.1, P10.3, P11, P8 E, P10 E, P11 E

Wood Masters Enterprises LLC 
Fort Collins, CO 
Accreditation Date: 7/25/2012 
AWS Sections: P5, P6.1, P8.1, P8.3, P10.1, P10.3, P11


AWI QCC Board of Directors

Joe Sorrelli, President
Aljoe Woodwork Consultants
Brooklyn, NY

Jerry Campbell
Jerry Campbell & Associates
Baton Rouge, LA

Bruce Cody
Architectural Wood
Ronceverte, WV

Randy Jensen
Leonard Peterson & Co., Inc.
Auburn, AL

Rick Kogler
Strategic Development
Baton Rouge, LA

Matt Lundahl
Meyer & Lundahl
Phoenix, AZ

Bill Munyan
R&M Group, PLLC
Charlotte, NC

Bruce Spitz, Treasurer
Classic Millwork & Products, Inc.
El Paso, TX

Phil Duvic*
Architectural Woodwork Institute
Potomac Falls, VA

Tricia Roberts, Secretary
AWI Quality Certification Corporation
Potomac Falls, VA

* ex officio
The board, which convenes in the fall each year, is responsible for program oversight, including policies and budgets.

Questions or comments, please contact Quality Times Editor Kara Thorp at

Correction: The Summer issue of the Quality Times incorrectly referred to the AWI Joint Standards Committee. In fact, the Joint Standards Committee is comprised of AWI, WI and AWMAC.



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