Whether you’re an architect, a woodworker, a general contractor, or a supplier, woodworking certification is necessary for building credibility in the construction industry. Showing compliance with the industry standards and best practices demonstrates that you’re an expert in your field, as well as assuring your clients that you’ll consistently deliver high-quality results.
What Does Woodworking Certification Mean?
Woodworking certification means that an interior woodwork project has satisfactorily complied with a set of best industry standards. Usually, the certification is issued by an accreditation organization that serves as a regulator, like AWI-QCP. While these standards aren’t enforceable by law, members must agree to follow them if they want a woodworking project to be certified.
Several standard accreditation organizations exist for the woodworking industry. The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) Quality Certification Program is one of the original organizations that license professional woodworkers to certify woodworking projects.
6 Benefits of Architectural Woodwork Certification
AWI-QCP’s woodworking certification maintains high-quality standards in the woodworking industry. Construction professionals who want to demonstrate good credibility, whether they’re architects, drafters, woodworkers, or general contractors, should apply for QCP project certification.
It’s beneficial for both you and your clients: best industry practices are upheld, meaning that clients can expect top-quality results, and at the same time, you’ll gain a more competitive edge and grow a stronger network by complying with QCP.
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Here are some of the major benefits of woodworking certification:
- Quality assurance: Woodworking projects that have QCP certification follow high-quality standards. Therefore, just having a certification acts as a seal of credibility. When a project achieves certification, both the quality of materials and the level of craftsmanship have been carefully inspected. It also shows that your project has the seal of third-party approval. For example, the AWI-QCP certification is endorsed by the American Subcontractors Association (ASA).
- Competitive advantage: Having an AWI-QCP woodworking certification gives you a competitive advantage over those who don’t have it. This translates to steady workflow as satisfied clients refer you to other people, and prospective clients feel more reassured.
- Convenience of communication: If you’re an architect, it’s easier for you to communicate the specifications you need when working on a certified project, and it means everyone is on the same page. AWI has a list of pre-vetted woodworking firms to choose from.
- Clear documentation: Because project certification involves the standardization of all aspects and practices, it means that documentation is clear and easily understood. This is important when it comes to planning, or maybe securing government permits for implementing large projects.
- Precise budgeting: Woodworking standards allow for optimal and precise budgeting; a client can specify a project based on the standard materials and construction methods, which brings some equivalency to the process. This means that a client will know the bids are consistent when evaluating their budget and will be less likely to overshoot their budget for woodwork. Similarly, contractors won’t be able to bill excessively.