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About QCP Licensing

QCP Licensing pre-qualifies your company to bid on projects requiring certification. Your licenses represent the successful completion of rigorous testing designed to verify your knowledge of the Architectural Woodwork Standards and your ability to apply those standards to products and services. If you are awarded a project requiring certification but are not yet licensed, you may apply to QCP to begin the licensing process, and after registration of the project and payment of related fees, receive immediate QCP servicing of your project simultaneous with your licensing effort. This facilitates the timely QCP inspection necessary for certification of your project without disrupting your production and/or installation schedule.

Four Steps to Licensing
1
Apply.
Complete the application available electronically using the "Apply for Licensing" pull-down menu item accessible under "For Woodworkers" above. (Application forms can also be downloaded and mailed or faxed.) Submit the completed form, along with the application fee. The fee will vary, depending on whether or not you are an AWI member. Click the "Fee Schedule" menu option above for application fee details. On the application, you will be asked which QCP licenses you will be seeking. See the Standardized Minimum Sample Criteria for QCP Licensing (MSC) found under the "Resources" menu item above for a complete list of licenses offered for fabrication, finishing, and installation.
2
Test.
Complete and pass a 100-question, multiple choice, open-book test on the latest edition of the Standards, as well as a 70-question, multiple choice, open-book test on the latest edition of the QCP Policies.
3
Submit 10 Trade References.
References must include a minimum of two from general contractors, two from design professionals, and two from project owners. If your business model or market makes this exact combination impossible, QCP will explore whether an alternate combination is acceptable.
4
Complete Sample Shop Drawings.
Shop Drawings illustrating samples corresponding to the QCP licenses sought by your company must conform to the Architectural Woodwork Standards. See the Standardized Minimum Sample Criteria for QCP Licensing (MSC) under the "Resources" menu option (above) for complete requirements.
5
Licensing Inspection.
Upon completion of the above steps and fabrication of the required work samples, a representative will contact you to arrange a visit to your facility. He will assess the licensing samples your company has fabricated per the Minimum Sample Criteria (MSC), and visit two projects completed within the previous two years. Those projects are inspected for general workmanship (not strict compliance with AWI Standards) and to verify that your company transacts business with the public (see the “Eligibility Guidelines” on this page). However, if the installation for one or both projects was performed by employees of your company, and you are applying for installation licensing, these two projects typically serve as the necessary samples. Discuss installation samples with your assigned QCP representative prior to his visit to ensure that the installation meets the sample criteria.

The inspector will issue a report detailing his findings, including those related to conformance of work samples with the Architectural Woodwork Standards. If the one year application period allowed for completion of licensing has not elapsed, your company can provide any necessary corrections or omitted items, and QCP will assess whether all issues have been resolved.
Application Guidelines
  1. Only companies (not individuals) are eligible for licensing.
  2. Licensing is available for Manufacturing, Finishing, and Installation, or any combination thereof.
  3. QCP applicants must specify either a Custom or Premium Grade quality level for any license sought. (A Premium Grade license allows certification of both Custom and Premium work.)
  4. Published QCP Policies allow a period of one year from the date of application acknowledgement to complete all steps of the licensing process.
  5. Re-application, including payment of the applicable fee and re-completion of all steps, including any completed previously, will be required if licensing is not accomplished within one year of the initial application.
  6. Application fees are non-refundable. For application fee amounts, see the "Fee Schedule" under the "Resources" menu option at the top of this page.
Eligibility Guidelines
  1. Applicants seeking licensing for Manufacturing and/or Finishing must:
    • Own or lease a manufacturing facility
    • Own or lease woodworking equipment
    • Employ, hire, supervise, and discharge woodworking employees who manufacture, fabricate, assemble, finish, or install architectural woodwork, as defined and described in the latest edition of the Standards.
    • Actively seek and transact business with the general public
    • Have complete responsibility for the quality of its products.
  2. Those applying for licensing for Installation must:
    • Employ, hire, supervise, and discharge employees who install architectural woodwork, as defined and described in the latest edition of the Standards.
    • Actively seek and transact business with the general public
    • Have complete responsibility for the quality of its projects.
  3. To obtain licensing for FINISHING, the applicant/participant must demonstrate the ability to finish woodwork in its own plant on its own.
  4. To obtain licensing of INSTALLATION, the applicant/participant must carry out complete on-site supervision of the installation.
  5. The designation(s) for Finishing and/or Installation will be listed as such on the Participant Certificate and on the QCP website.