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Winter 2012

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a Prosperous New Year!

--from the Quality Certification Corporation

In This Issue:
Top News
•  ATTN QCP-accredited Woodworkers: 2013 Renewal Period Ends Dec. 31
•  The Errata is Critical Component of the AWS
•  New Videos Provide Simplified Explanation of Quality Certification Program Requirements
The View from Here
•  Don't Just Show 'Em What You've Got: Prove it!
Tech Talk
•  Finishing According to the AWS
Q Top News
ATTN QCP-accredited Woodworkers: 2013 Renewal Period Ends Dec. 31

According to the QCP Policies, the annual renewal period for all currently accredited firms ends December 31, 2012. The renewal process involves three steps:

  • Payment of renewal fees ($1,250 for current AWI manufacturing members; $2,650 for all others).
  • Passing score on the revised QCP Policies test in 2012 and a passing score on the AWS Standards test within the last three years.
  • Compliance with AWI QCC Code of Ethics and Policies. If renewing online, check the box indicating agreement. If renewing by check, sign and date the agreement provided on your return invoice.

Renewals are due by 11:59 PM EST, Dec. 31, 2012. Those companies who have not been QCP-accredited for one full year are also required to renew and will receive a pro-rated renewal invoice for 2013.  After Dec. 31, 2012, companies will be charged a $300 late fee for renewal.  As of Jan. 5, 2013, the status of companies who have not renewed will be changed to “Suspended.”  (Click here to see additional details in Section 3.1 of the QCP Policies.)

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. 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!

The Errata is Critical Component of the AWS
by QCP Program Director Wayne Hintz and QCP-representative Shows Leary

Information contained in the Errata supersedes certain sections of the AWS book

The Errata is a list of approximately 250 corrections and revisions to the standards published in the first edition of the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS). These revisions replace and supersede the related standard published in the AWS book; therefore, it is important that QCP applicants and Q-accredited firms familiarize themselves with the Errata prior to taking the Standards test.

Avoid Test Errors : Use the AWS Errata
Every book-based test answer and section citation should be checked against the Errata to see if they have been changed. Failure to follow this procedure may result in several wrong answers and could make the difference between passing and failing the Standards test. To view the Errata, visit

Most of the changes in the Errata were initiated when an AWS user noticed an error or opportunity for improvement in the book and reported it by submitting a “Page 10 Improvement Suggestion Form” found on -- you guessed it -- page 10 of the AWS. The form is also available online by clicking the “Suggestion Form” button which appears at the top of the Errata Web site.

The Joint Standards Committee (JSC), comprised of representatives from AWI, the Woodwork Institute and the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturer's Association of Canada, reviews all of the “Page 10” suggestions and determines which ones necessitate a change in the AWS. The JSC then posts the resulting correction or revision on the Errata Web site. To see a list of all Errata suggestions considered by the JSC, click the “AWS Suggestion Action Summary” button at the top of the Errata Web site.

When the second edition of the AWS goes to press, the current edition 1 Errata entries will be incorporated into the new book and the number of Errata entries will go back to zero. The Errata will then begin growing again as suggestions are made for correction and improvement of Edition 2.

In summary, remember that the Errata actually is a part of the AWS and is not considered additional or optional information. The Errata must be used in conjunction with the AWS book.

New Videos Provide Simplified Explanation of Quality Certification Program Requirements

QCP produced four new videos designed to simplify the processes and requirements of the program.  Each video covers a different topic, including a general overview of the QCP, tips on ‘Making the Q Work for You’ from a marketing perspective, as well as the specific steps a company must take in order to become Q-accredited and certify a project.

Click here to watch the videos now on the AWI National You Tube channel or visit the QCP Web site,, at your convenience.

Q The View from Here
Don't Just Show 'Em What You've Got: Prove it!
by Bruce Cody, Executive Vice President of Architectural Wood, LLC and AWI/QCC Board of Directors

Imagine a job interview between a business professional and a prospective employee. Imagine yourself as the business professional with an urgent need to fill a position. Based on appearances, the applicant seems to have a high degree of competency, but how can you be sure? As a business professional, it’s your duty to select a candidate who can fulfill the job requirements, but you have neither the resources nor the time to perform your due-diligence.

Now, imagine yourself as the applicant. You want to impress the interviewer and prove that you are more qualified than the other candidates. You want to offer references that other candidates may not possess. You need someone to speak on your behalf and validate your skills.

What if there was someone who could do both … someone who could perform your due-diligence and prove your capabilities? I’m talking about a credentialing program that will work on behalf of both parties and someone with the expertise to check credentials and confirm whether or not the applicant can perform the job requirements. Now imagine that the program also offers the ability to ensure compliance once the job has begun.

That program is the Quality Certification Program (QCP).

My company first participated in the QCP to achieve a verifiable credential. We were the first in our region to pass the rigid testing and compliance requirements according to industry standards. We desired to present credentials that our competitors could not. We felt that participation in the QCP was the best way to distinguish ourselves from other bidders. After many years, those efforts have paid off several times over.

The QCP conducts and promotes programs that verify, inspect and report compliance with industry standards.  It is the mission of the QCP to perform neutral compliance assurance for the architectural woodwork industry. That’s beneficial for the business professional and the prospective candidate, as well as the industry.

Q Tech Talk
Finishing According to the AWS
by QCP-representative Shows Leary

Section No. 5 of the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) includes several techniques for factory finishing of architectural woodwork. The AWS method for identifying finishes is referred to as "Systems," followed by the numbers 1 through 13 (see page 115). New to the lineup are finishing systems formulated to help with specifications requiring LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ of the U.S. Green Building Council: Water Based Acrylic, UV Curable Polyester, and Water-Based Polyurethane.

One of the most frequently overlooked, yet most important part of factory finishing is the sample process. Part 4, Rules (page 110), contains the requirements for finish samples including minimum sizes, labeling criteria and their purpose.

Page 106 of the General Section lists abrasion resistance and other abuse-related conditions for each system. For example, System No. 7, catalyzed vinyl, is ranked high for reparability, while System 13, Catalyzed Polyester, is ranked lowest. Therefore, in a low impact area where repairs may be required, such as high wall panels or ceiling trim, catalyzed vinyl is a reasonable specification. On the other hand, catalyzed polyester, though not very repairable, is ranked among the highest in overall durability. UV curable polyester might therefore be a good choice for a desk front or baseboard.

Page 107 of the General Section includes a Specific Performance Characteristics table. This table allows the design professional to specify finish systems based on common product types that could affect a fine factory finish. For instance, System No. 1, Nitrocellulose Lacquer, is the least resistant to isopropyl alcohol, while System No. 9, UV Curable Polyester, is among the most resistant to isopropyl alcohol. Part 4 also contains definitions of various types of finish defects that can help determine what went wrong or help determine if various defects are permitted per the AWS.

Part 4.2.1 (page 113) summarizes the requirements for back sealing of finished woodwork. In the AWS, premium grade casework requires one coat (1 mil dry) of back sealing. This is not a requirement for custom grade. However, in both premium and custom grades, standing and running trim must be back sealed with at least one coat (1 mil dry) and wall panels must be back sealed with two coats (2 mil dry).

Part (page 115) defines the steps required for each type of finish. It is also broken down into wood characteristics such as opened and closed-grained woods. Part 4.3.15 (page 115) describes the steps required for each of the 13 systems. For example, a premium-grade stained post catalyzed lacquer stained and filled finish on an opened grained wood such as Red Oak requires the following steps: Vinyl wash coat; Stain; Filler; Vinyl sealer; First topcoat; and Second topcoat.

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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

G.T. Brothers, Inc. 
Westminster, MD
Accreditation Date: 10/11/2012 
AWS Sections: P5, P8.1, P8.3, P11, P6.1, P8.2, P10.1, P10.2, P10.3, P6 E, P6.2, P11 E, P10 E, 1, P8 E

Janov Millwork  
Austin, TX
Accreditation Date: 10/11/2012 
AWS Sections:  P5, P8.3, P10.1, P10.3, P11, P8 E, P10 E, P11 E

Martinez Millwork, Inc. 
Houston, TX
Accreditation Date: 10/8/2012 
AWS Sections: P5, P6.1, P6 E, P6.2, P8 E, P10.1, P10.3, P10 E, P11, P11 E

Mazur Construction Company 
Willowbrook, IL 
Accreditation Date: 10/1/2012 
AWS Sections: P6 E, P8 E, P9 E, P10 E, P11 E

Nunzio’s Cabinet Shop 
Cleveland, OH
Accreditation Date: 10/26/2012 
AWS Sections: P5, P6.1, P10.1, P10.3, P11

Precision Cabinets, Inc. 
Smithtown, NY 
Accreditation Date:
AWS Sections: P10.1, P10.3, P11, P10 E, P11 E

Rochester Custom Millwork 
Rochester, NY 
Accreditation Date: 10/18/2012 
AWS Sections: P5, P6.1, P10.2, P10.3, P11

Tops Unlimited
Fenton, MO 
Accreditation Date: 11/30/12
AWS Sections: P6.1, P11

Trimco Commercial, LP 
El Paso, TX
Accreditation Date: 10/1/2012 
AWS Sections: P10.3, P11, P10 E, P11 E, P5, C10.1

Virginia Millwork, Inc. 
Richmond, VA 
Accreditation Date: 11/12/2012 
AWS Sections: 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.

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