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AWI Certification
Third Quarter - September 5, 2017
  • Individual Drafting Accreditation
    Time is running out for applicants to complete the Shop Drawing Test to gain credentials.
  • QCP to Launch E-letter for Design-Build Industry
    The new online publication will reach general contractors, architects, design professionals, specifiers and others about the value of QCP for their projects.
In This Issue:
Top News
•  Time’s Running Out for Individual Drafting Accreditation Test Completions
•  QCP Promotes Its Value in New E-letter for the Construction Industry
•  Quality Certification Corporation Board to Review QCP Progress
Tech Talk
•  AWI / ANSI Standards Development Proceeding—What’s Going on?
•  The Standard’s “Adhesive Non Grata”
QCP On the Road
•  AWFS: Lively “Commercial Installations” Panel Discussion
•  AWFS® Vegas—Good Exposure for QCP
QCP Learning Opportunities
•  Upcoming Events
QCP Resources
•  Get Help, Find Answers
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Time’s Running Out for Individual Drafting Accreditation Test Completions

Don’t lose your opportunity to gain Individual Drafting Accreditation (IDA) from the Quality Certification Corporation.  Many applicants for IDA have monitored the two related webinars earlier this year, and completed the required online multiple choice test.  However, the final step needed to qualify an applicant for this credential must also be taken. 

We’re referring to the Shop Drawing Identification Test.

According to “QCP Individual Drafting Accreditation Program Policies” Section 10.4,

  • “Testing requirements for initial accreditation shall also include the applicant’s review of a shop drawing to identify and list all items found (with respect to format, required information, and construction details) which do not conform with specifications or the current Standard, whichever is applicable.”
  • “The shop drawing and corresponding specifications on which the test is based will be randomly selected by QCP from a pool of such drawings and specifications. The content of these test drawings will relate to material covered in IDA course curriculum.”

For those drafters who applied for IDA earlier this year, only about three months remain before expiration of the six-month time frame allowed for completion of all requirements, INCLUDING the Shop Drawing Test. Don’t let your efforts go to waste! Successfully complete the final test and gain your Individual Drafting Accreditation, which is separate from the online test. Consult the e-mail sent to you by QCP which contains three attachments for use in completing the Shop Drawing Identification Test.  If you have any questions about the documents and/or process, contact Tricia Roberts at or at 571-222-4946.

If the six-month completion period passes and you have failed to pass the final test, you must re-apply for IDA, including payment of applicable costs and fees, should you wish to continue pursuing this credential.

The IDA is designed to validate a participant’s ability to produce shop drawings in accordance with the Architectural Woodwork Standards, Edition 2 (AWS).  Increase your value to your company, and enhance your resume!  

New Applicants
For more details about IDA, and the requirements for earning this personal and portable accreditation, check under the “Resources” section of QCP’s website for access to the Individual Drafting Accreditation Program Policies. To further prepare you for IDA application, QCP produced two useful webinars which are available online explaining the program. 

Special Offer from AWI for IDA
The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) is offering one year of Affiliate Membership FREE of charge for all individuals who complete the course requirements and secure Individual Drafting Accreditation.  Check out AWI Affiliate Member benefits here.  Take advantage of this $50 offer!

QCP Promotes Its Value in New E-letter for the Construction Industry

In an ongoing effort to educate general contractors, architects, design professionals, specifiers and others about the value of the Quality Certification Program for their projects, the Quality Certification Corporation (QCC) will launch a new online publication called Quality Review.  The new e-letter will debut later this month initially as a semi-annual publication.

This new communications vehicle will enable QCC to reach thousands of the woodwork industry’s customers. Quality Review will emphasize the value of QCP as a quality assurance vehicle, and in a variety of ways explain why the Program is an unmatched industry-recognized risk management tool. Using real-world topics relevant to all architectural woodwork stakeholders, Quality Review will convey to design professionals and building owners how they may rely on QCP to validate the skills and abilities of architectural woodworkers. By writing into contract documents that woodwork is to be certified by QCP, architects and project owners may eliminate potential worry about the outcome of this very visible component of their construction.

Like Quality Times, Quality Review will be posted on QCP’s website,, for anyone to access 24/7.  Don’t hesitate to let us know what you think, and to suggest news and information that might be included in this new publication via our “Contact Use” page here.

Quality Certification Corporation Board to Review QCP Progress
The AWI Quality Certification Corporation (QCC) Board of Directors will be meeting in Boston on September 10-11.

Quality Certification Corporation Executive Director Randy Estabrook reports that agenda items will include:
  • Strategic planning proposals.
  • 2018 draft budget.
  • Review of current marketing plan data.
  • Update on Individual Drafting Accreditation (IDA).
  • Review of QCP shop drawing policy & procedures.
  • QCP Fee Schedule Review for Supplier Members.

Stay tuned for the 4th Quarter issue of Quality Times for pertinent developments resulting from the meeting.
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AWI / ANSI Standards Development Proceeding—What’s Going on?
QT notes that QCP Inspections Manager Greg Parham has been a part of the Architectural Woodwork Institute’s new Standard development effort since January 2016.  He is the first QCP Staff member to officially assist in the creation of a Standard slated for use by AWI when completed.

The (American National Standards Institute) ANSI-guided Standards writing process includes three groups of participants: “Users” (architects, specifiers, etc.); “General Interest” stakeholders (the category to which QCP belongs); and “Producers” (woodworking firms, finishers, installers, etc.). “In addition to the input from those three groups, ANSI also requires the process to be open to comment from outside parties in order to form the broadest possible consensus. So while QCP has a voice, it is far from being the only voice,” Greg said.

Greg notes that as the process continues, the AWI Technical Committee is grappling with the very practical issues that arise as decisions are taken regarding the content of the new document.   He also points out that “Because I’m there to see and hear what’s going on, QCP will be in a better position to explain to its participants where some of the decisions regarding specific rules and requirements came from” after the Standard is completed and released.

For more insights about the progress of the AWI-ANSI Standards development initiative, see two articles recently published in the current summer edition of Design Solutions Magazine, the official quarterly journal of the Architectural Woodwork Institute. This quarter's Cornerstone article is called "A New Vision for our Next Generation of Woodwork Standards" and discusses the past, present and next generation woodwork standards.  This issue's technical article is called "Courage and Confidence" and explains the journey AWI has begun to make the standards more agile to use and easier to navigate.

The Architectural Woodwork Institute has produced and collaborated on the development of Standards in accordance with its mission from its founding in 1953 to the present day.

Founded in 1918, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system.

The Standard’s “Adhesive Non Grata”
By Wayne Hintz, QCP Representative-at-Large

As many QT readers are aware, the Architectural Woodwork Standards, Edition 2 (2014) – the current AWI Standard – consists of two basic parts.  The first part (Sections 1 through 5) contains general information and rules regarding:  submittals and shop drawings, humidity issues and handling of woodwork products, solid lumber, sheet products, and finishing.  These informational points and requirements are more or less universally applicable to the specific woodwork products discussed in the Standard’s second part (Sections 6 through 12).  Those products include: Millwork, Stairwork & Rails, Wall & Ceiling Surfacing and Partitions, Doors, Casework, Countertops and Historic Restoration Work.

In these “Product” sections, a woodworker generally won’t find reminders that various rules in the Standard’s earlier “General Information” sections could be highly relevant to producing or installing a product in a way which entirely conforms to the AWS.  One notable exception to this is the following quote, which consistently appears near the beginning of the “Basic Rules” listed in Sections 6 through 11*:

  • SHEET PRODUCTS shall conform to the requirements established in Section 4.”

Two particular rules in Section 4 (Sheet Products) potentially impact a great deal of woodwork covered in the AWS:

  • “[Panel Layup] Shall have a rigid glue line, [and] Shall NOT USE CONTACT ADHESIVE unless  otherwise indicated in these standards.” ( &, page 91).

The Appendix in the back of the AWS contains a “Glossary”, which on page 502 defines “Panels” as:  “Consistent in thickness, with edges that are at right angles to the face and are either homogeneous or made up of three or more layers.”

Section 11 (Countertops) requires conformance to Section 4 rules (  The Section 4 prohibition of contact adhesive, in conjunction with the AWS Glossary’s definition of panels (which fits most typical laminated countertops), might set off alarm bells for HPDL countertop manufacturers.  If a shop lacks a press which would allow the use of wood glue to adhere backer, HPDL, or backered veneer to the countertop substrate, the only realistic alternative is sprayer or roller applied contact adhesive, which the AWS appears to be prohibit.

Time for a deep dive into Section 11.  “Assembly Rules” would seem to be a logical place to look for further detail, since adhesives come into play during assembly.  Scanning the “Assembly” rules, we soon arrive at the relevant line item pertaining specifically to HPDL-clad countertops. (page 359) states:

  • Laminations shall be made securely to the core with Type II adhesive applied as recommended by the adhesive manufacturer…” 

But what exactly is a “Type II” adhesive?  Does contact adhesive fall into that category?

Let’s again refer to the AWS Appendix, a repository of diverse and useful supplementary information, from “Fire Retardant Coatings”, to “ADA Requirements”, to “Fraction/Decimal/Millimeter Conversion tables.  Scanning the Appendix Table of Contents on page 386, we notice the heading “Adhesive Guidelines”, which are located on page 391.  The third column of that table is titled “Rating”. We notice that adhesives listed in the table will have either no rating, or be rated as “Type I” or “Type II”.  The third adhesive listed in the table is “Contact Adhesive”.  It has a “Type II” rating.  Since AWS allows Type II adhesives for HPDL “Laminations”, contact adhesive conforms with the Standard for that purpose.

It is important to note that (to our knowledge), the “Type II” caveat which qualified contact adhesive for HPDL countertop lamination does not appear anywhere else in the Standard.  Therefore, using contact adhesive to apply an HPDL face to a decorative wall panel (for example) would not conform with the Standard.  Per AWS Section 1 (Submittals), prior written permission from the project architect or the project owner’s representative would be necessary in order to allow the use of contact adhesive for that purpose.

The Standard’s general rule against the use of contact adhesive is important to know.  But just as important is knowing that occasionally, a particular rule (or its exception) cannot be completely understood without cross-referencing multiple locations in the AWS. 

*This quote does not appear in Section 12 (Historic Restoration Work) simply because modern panel products are not typically used to restore or emulate exposed historic woodwork surfaces.

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AWFS: Lively “Commercial Installations” Panel Discussion
By Randy Estabrook, CSI, LEED® GA, QCC Executive Director

AWI and Pittsburg State University (KS) teamed up to present a panel talk targeted to commercial installations as part of the College of Woodworking Knowledge®, conducted during the AWFS®, July 19-22, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada.

“Improving Efficiency and Quality of Commercial Installations” panelists were Randy Estabrook, AWI QCP; Charlie Phillips, Pittsburg State University; Greg Parham, AWI QCP; and Steve Bialek, ISEC INC. The panel was moderated by Doug Hague, AWI Education Director.

The concept was to pair an educator with a field inspector, add in perspective from a compliance program and an installation company and stir lightly.

When we started the presentation I thought 90 minutes would be too long a time. In reality, everyone did such a great job, the content could have gone longer, and a few things had to be cut to stay on schedule.

Charlie Philips, who will be a speaker at the upcoming AWI Convention (October 29-31), presented videos of some installation tips that were very well accepted; Steve Bialek shared some very valuable thoughts on how to prepare and stage a successful installation; and Greg Parham reviewed the top non-conforming items the AWI QCP Program Representatives see in the field. A lively conversation about who QCP’s client is added to the excitement and interest of the many attendees.

AWI conducted four education sessions this year at the biennial AWFS and both AWI and QCP hope to participate in AWFS 2019.

AWFS® Vegas—Good Exposure for QCP
By Tricia Roberts, Sr. Director of Operations, QCC

Randy Estabrook, Greg Parham and I represented QCP in a booth shared with the Architectural Woodwork Institute at the 2017 AWFS Fair in Las Vegas, NV, July 19-22. With a 17% increase in attendance over the 2015 show and over 60 nations represented, AWFS provided a great opportunity to speak with our current and potential QCP participants as well as AWI members.  Our booth traffic was steady and peaked during the cabinet testing demonstrations performed by AWI’s National Testing Center team from Americus, GA.

Pictured above (l to r) AWI’s Greg Parham and Randy Estabrook along with QCC Board of Directors member Joe Sorrelli meet with architectural woodworkers at the AWI/QCP booth at AWFS®.  

I also attended my first WOW, “Women in Woodworking,” luncheon coordinated by Christina Elsenbroek of Stiles Machinery where roughly 25 women shared their challenges and successes in the woodwork industry. The next WOW meeting is to be held at the AWI National Convention in Charleston, SC this October.  All in all, AWFS was a successful show, and I look forward to the next one in 2019!

Pictured above: Women in Woodworking gather at a luncheon during the AWFS.

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Upcoming Events
The Quality Certification Program will be represented at the following industry events.    

Construct CSI
September 14-15, 2017
Rhode Island Convention Center
(Booth #602)
Providence, RI

Architectural Woodwork Institute
65th Annual Convention
October 29-31, 2017
Charleston, SC

The Quality Certification Program will be hosting webinars in 2017.

“QCP Talk” Webinars

Visit "Education/Webinars" on AWI's website,, for information about the one-hour QCP webinars. 

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Get Help, Find Answers

Need help with inspection preparation?  Confused about licensing?  Seeking answers to challenging aspects of the Architectural Woodwork Standards?  Turn to QCP Resources to enhance your participation in the Quality Certification Program.

  • QCP Representatives can answer a myriad of questions about certification of projects, interpretations of the Architectural Woodwork Standards, and more.

  • AWI "QCP Talk" webinars focus on a variety of topics.  Check out a recent webinar here.

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New QCP Licensees

Congratulations to the following companies that recently earned licenses from QCP. Look for nearly 550 other QCP-licensed woodworkers at

Cascade Cabinets and Countertops, LLC    
Central Point, OR
QCP License Date: 06/07/2017    
AWS Sections: P5, P10.1, P10E, P11.1, P11.2, P11.3, P11E, P10.3, P11E, P10.2    

Colby Woodworking, Inc.
Dayton, OH
QCP License Date: 06/23/2017        
AWS Sections: P10.3, P11.1, P11.3, P11E, P6.1, P8.3, P8.4, P8E, P11E    

DMA Custom Millwork
Atlanta, GA
QCP License Date: 06/27/2017        
AWS Sections: P8.3, P8.4, P11.1, P11.3

Jafco Industries
Middlesex, NJ
QCP License Date: 07/27/2017        
AWS Sections: P5, P10.1, P10E, P8.1, P8.3, P8E, P11E, P10.3    

Pinnacle Cabinet & Millwork, Inc.
Cheyenne, WY
QCP License Date: 06/21/2017        
AWS Sections: P11.3, P11E, P10.2, P10E, C10.3    

Rose Tree Cabinets, Inc.    
Salt Lake City, UT
QCP License Date: 06/08/2017    
AWS Sections: P5, C10.1, P10E, C10.3

2017 AWI QCC
Board of Directors

Bruce Spitz
QCC Chairman
Classic Millwork &
Products, Inc.

Michael R. McNulty, Sr.
QCC Chairman-Elect
Millwork One, Inc.

Sebastien DesMarais
QCC Treasurer
Hollywood Woodwork, Inc.

Philip Bowers
Advanced Cabinet Systems

Jerry Campbell
Jerry M. Campbell & Associates

Zach Deas
Deas Millwork Company

David Knochenhauer
McCarthy Holdings, Inc.

Joseph A. Sorrelli
Aljoe Woodwork Consultants

Barton Ward
Montbleau & Associates

Joe F. Winters

Phil Duvic*
Architectural Woodwork Institute

Randolph Estabrook
Corporate Secretary
Quality Certification Corporation

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

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