The AWDI Certification of Window and Door Installers
Rather than just a "testing" procedure or a "grandfathered" experience acknowledgement, the AWDI Installer Certification Program relies on 5 parts:
1. Regulated Training and/or Demonstrable Field Experience
2. Required on-going Skill Improvement Seminars
3. Industry Consensus Accepted Installation Guidelines
4. Field Testing/Observance of individual Installer's Skills
5. Standardized Manufacturer's Installation Instructions
5 Benefits to Being AWDI Certified
1. Being an AWDI Certified Installer with its implied third-party endorsement is a powerful consumer selling tool the adds credibility to fabricators, dealers, and installers which will increase leads and referrals
2. Call-backs, Service Problems and Service Costs are Reduced, and responsibilities among manufacturer, dealer, and installer are more clearly defined
3. AWDI Affiliated Dealers and Installers will be recognized in the industry and held apart and above marginal businesses
4. Sales Success and Profitability will rise for all AWDI Installers as the perceived value of your products and the services you perform can be measured and appreciated by consumers; and the industry itself recognizes the marketing and merchandising value offered by identifying professional installation
5. Qualified to Offer Insurantee® - The Industry's first Insurance-Backed Warranty Program- Certified by AWDI allows participants to offer full deposit indemnity, product and installation warranty protection backed by the largest insurance company in the US and Lloyd's of London.
What's so special about the Installation of Replacement Windows?
It's simple - "... no window will work right if it's not installed right", and too many windows are being installed incorrectly resulting in poor operation, premature window failures, customer call-backs, and an increasingly poorer reputation for the replacement window industry in general!
And custom installation is one of the most important reasons why homeowners choose to buy their window or door products from you.
While many dealers spend elaborate time and money perfecting their in-home presentations, the beautiful pitch book and prepared selling presentation often have shortchanged the importance of installation or overlooked it altogether.
That's a mistake.
When trying to differentiate your product and service from another dealer's any advantage shouldn't be missed. But, perhaps more important, selling the certification of your installers might offer a way to increase your price over the "low-ball" competition. Once a homeowner understands what quality installation from certified installers can mean to the life-long performance of even the best (and worst) window products, he will not only understand why you are the better dealer, but might even pay a premium to get the best possible installation.
Show them the gamble they're taking by not understanding and demanding top-notch installation from certified installers, and the savvy homeowner wouldn't dare buy from anyone else but you.
Who is AWDI?
The Association of Window and Door Installers, Inc. was founded
in 1988 to accomplish these tasks:
With the aid of representatives of D.O.E., the NWWDA, and general industry consensus, AWDI succeeded in establishing Guidelines and Standards for the Installation of Residential Windows. These standards have been recommended to architects, manufacturers, dealers, and installers through industry media and association recognition.
In 1989, AWDI established the industry's first Residential Installation Certification Program for Replacement Windows. AWDI created a manual for replacement products and established a written test.
The result is a successful program where experienced and qualified installers can be certified bringing with the certification recognition, pride, and quality in the installation of residential replacement windows.
Every Part of the Industry Benefits
Benefits for Installers
Each Certified Installer and the Dealer will have access to:
1. AWDI Residential Window and Door Installation Guidelines, and the AWDI Installation Manual which contains suggested installation procedures for all types of residential window and door products.
2. Consumer Booklet: "AWDI 8-Point In-Home Program" This booklet explains to the homeowner why they should only be dealing with an AWDI Certified Installer.
3. Installation Training Seminars at regional training sessions.
4. AWDI blank measurement and opening detail forms; and installation procedure contract forms, on a cost basis, enabling member to include AWDI Installation Specifications as part of the sales contract.
5. Right to participate in AWDI Homeowner Installation Warranty Program (where available)
6. Opportunity to participate in all activities, programs, and committees of AWDI as a full voting member.
7. Use of AWDI Certified Installer Seal, AWDI Logo, and other AWDI marks
The AWDI Certification Program
Requirements and Procedure:
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