How To Specify A QCP Project
Learn how to specify a QCP project, the benefits of specifying QCP, and understand QCP’s specification language
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How to Specify QCP
All you need to do to specify QCP is include the specification language below in the Quality Assurance section of your project documents, both for fabrication and for installation. Note that QCP language is embedded in MasterSpec and Speclink, ready for you to use in your documents.
If you outsource your spec-writing for a project, your project architect should ensure that this language is used. Whether you register a project for QCP certification yourself or the project is registered by someone else, it’s important to include the project number on your specifications to guarantee your project bids will include QCP certification. It is free to register a project and can be done in advance to assure everyone receives the required specifications for that project.
QCP Specification Language
Unless otherwise indicated, comply with AWI Standards or the Architectural Woodwork Standards (Current Edition), including installation, for grades of interior architectural woodwork, construction, finishes and other requirements.
Provide AWI Quality Certification Program [Labels] [Certificates] indicating that the woodwork, [including installation,] complies with requirements of grades specified.
Include one of the following:
With a project number: This project has been registered as AWI-QCP project number_____.
Without a project number: Upon being awarded work, the contracting firm will register the work for QCP certification.
What Using this Specification Language Means
Using this specification language in your documents means that the woodworking firm you use will need to hold a QCP license, will know to adhere to industry standards, and will get your project QCP certified with project labels.
It is recommended to use this language (as a best practice) in order to avoid questions or errors from woodworking firms. If you can include the correct language from the beginning, you will save time and effort in the long run. If specifying a project for QCP certification isn’t upheld at the bid level, you will run the risk of not only securing quality assurance, but also, bids that are not a true “apples to apples” comparison, and you’ll have no recourse in the event of discrepancies in the delivery of woodwork.
The Difference Between QCP Licencing, QCP Certification & QCP Labels
- A woodworking firm holds a QCP license. It means they have been vetted and can fabricate and install millwork projects that meet and exceed the AWI Standards or Architectural Woodwork Standards
- An individual project is QCP certified, meaning the project itself has been inspected by an experienced QCP inspector or an established QCP-licensed woodworking firm
- When the project is registered your woodworker will order QCP labels, which means they are fully prepared to execute and certify your project as per your project documents
Benefits of Specifying QCP on Interior Woodwork Projects
All QCP-licensed woodworking firms undergo rigorous testing and inspection by a national network of industry experts. Hire a QCP-licensed firm and your project will be of the highest quality and handled with the utmost integrity.
When specified, QCP project certification protects both you and the owner if the interior woodwork doesn’t meet specification upon inspection. You can request an inspection at no cost, and the woodworker is required to correct any deficiencies within a specified timeframe.
Peace of Mind
During inspection, the QCP representative, an industry expert, reviews the shop drawings to confirm they meet all specifications and quality standard requirements, significantly reducing the possibility of non-compliant work.