Understanding QCP Costs (and the Value a QCP License Brings)

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There are many benefits to construction professionals of QCP licensing and certification. As a woodworker, the AWI Quality Certification Program not only provides a strong foundation, but it also allows you to deliver compliance, consistency and quality to your clients. If you’re an architect or design professional, certification from QCP delivers strong recommendations for both the quality and integrity of your work and assures your clients of your commitment to adhere to industry standards and best practices. Builders and contractors can ensure they are adhering to architectural woodwork best practices, reduce their risk, and exceed client expectations.

In short, QCP certification is a mark of excellence for all construction professionals and interior woodworking projects. Bearing all this in mind, you may think that the cost of QCP licensing will be high – in fact, this isn’t the case at all.


How Much Does QCP Cost?

The actual costs of AWI’s QCP project certification are not what you may think, and in all likelihood they are not at all similar to the costs you may have heard from the rumor mill! We are aware that there is some misinformation out there, and in this era of fake news we want to set out the facts and show you that ensuring quality costs less than you might think.

QCP Costs – The Facts

Recent changes to QCP costs mean that QCP project certification is just 0.5% of the woodwork subcontract value, or $500, whichever is greater. That means on a subcontract value of $100,000, the certification cost will be $500. Administrative responsibilities and the certification fee payment are handled by the woodwork subcontractor, with that cost appearing as a bid line-item.

Additionally, there is now a maximum fee of $10,000, so you can complete your architectural woodworking project with the comfort of knowing it will not go over this amount. Being unsure of the final fee is one of those unknown variables that can really hurt a budget, and this risk has now been eliminated.

QCP Costs

QCP Fees


Why get QCP Licensing?

QCP licensing means that all woodworking project stakeholders are buying into a mutually beneficial relationship:

  • Owners, architects, and general contractors know they are receiving woodwork produced by a company which has earned licensing based on QCP-tested knowledge of the Architectural Woodwork Standards, and the ability to produce work based on those standards. Certification includes inspections and verification of conformance with specifications – also, you can always request an inspection for no additional cost. Architects (and any project stakeholder who wishes) receive illustrated, detailed conformance reports of project inspections at no cost. 
  • Licensed woodworking firms enjoy a market advantage since they are pre-qualified to bid on projects requiring QCP certification. Only licensed firms may certify a project under the endorsement of QCP.

It’s also important to note that QCP certification will not delay the woodwork component of a project schedule. One of QCP’s “Prime Directives” to its inspectors is that no step taken in the inspection process should ever compromise the woodworker’s ability to deliver and/or install architectural woodwork as required by project deadlines.


Validate your quality work and register your project today.

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