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AAMA announces VMC profile certification course

Post Time:Oct 14,2010Classify:Industry NewsView:112

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association, Schaumberg, Ill., has produced anew education course focusing on vinyl profile certification, according to an Oct. 13 release. The course, titled Exterior Vinyl Profiles of Windows, Doors and Skylights: Customer Confidence through Profile Certification, has been accredited by the American Institute of Architects, Washington, D.C. The course accreditation was announced in conjunction with the AAMA National Fall Conference, Oct. 10-13, in Albuquerque, N.M.The educational course, developed by the AAMA Vinyl Profile Certification Education Task Group, chaired by Brad Esckilsen, Formosa Plastics, details the importance of vinyl profile certification, as well as an overview of the profile certification process. The course also covers the quality control measures in the certification process, including the testing of vinyl compound prior to extrusion into profiles and the weathering and testing of vinyl profiles that is completed to ensure uniform quality."Profile certification is an important step in quality assurance, and, therefore, it is important for architects and others in the building products industry to understand the importance and the process of certifying vinyl profiles," Esckilsen said in the release. "In today's marketplace, testing alone is not always enough. Too many questions about test report validity and post testing production exist to allow customers the peace of mind that they're getting the same quality product designs that met the specified industry standard. That's why the certification programs exist."In addition to the vinyl profile certification course, AAMA offers four online courses and eight additional classroom courses as part of the AAMA Continuing Education Licensing Program. "Profile certification is a vital step in whole unit product certification," said Rich Walker, AAMA president and CEO, in the release. "In the AAMA Profile Certification Program, profile performance must be tested and verified by an accredited third-party laboratory for conformance with the appropriate AAMA profile specification. An education course centered on the certification process as a whole is valuable in underscoring the importance of quality assurance through certification."

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