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The Individual Drafting Accreditation is offered and administered as a component of the Quality Certification Program (QCP). QCP is the most widely recognized and utilized quality assurance tool for architectural woodwork in the U.S., as evidenced by the endorsement of both the General Services Administration (GSA) and the American Subcontractors Association (ASA). QCP operates under the auspices of the AWI Quality Certification Corporation (QCC).

QCC was created by the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI), and incorporated in 2007. It is an autonomous 501(C) 6 trade organization headquartered in Northern Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC. The QCC Board of Directors is comprised of industry representatives from the architectural woodworking, construction, and architectural professions. The Board sets corporate policies as it pertains to QCC's governance and fiduciary responsibility, and it verifies compliance with federal and local laws, and with the credentialing industry's best practices.

It is the mission of the QCC to verify, inspect, and report compliance with published woodwork industry standards. It is the vision of the QCP to be the recognized compliance assurance process for the architectural woodwork industry.

 

Quality Certification Program

The AWI Quality Certification Program (QCP) is a valuable quality assurance tool for interior architectural woodwork, one of the most highly visible aspects of many construction projects. QCP assesses whether the millwork provided meets the project's specifications and industry standards.

In order to certify eligible projects, woodworking firms earn specific QCP licenses through a process of written testing and evaluation of samples, as well as actual projects demonstrating the ability to fabricate, finish and/or install various categories of millwork per quality grade criteria set forth in AWI standards.

 

AWI Standards

The Architectural Woodwork Institute (est. 1953) first published the Architectural Woodwork Quality Standards Illustrated (QSI) in 1961. That publication evolved over the years through eight editions and served as the authoritative resource for specifying interior architectural woodwork.

In 2009, a new standard replaced the QSI. Jointly published as a unified standard by the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI), the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC) and the Woodwork Institute (WI), the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) superseded both the QSI, and WI's Manual of Millwork (MM). Like the QSI, the AWS contains technical and design illustrations and addresses all facets of architectural woodwork, from raw lumber and veneer through factory finishing and installation. A second edition of the AWS was published in the Fall of 2014.

 

Individual Drafting Accreditation

Since its inception, the Quality Certification Program (QCP) has inspected hundreds of companies which have applied for QCP licensing, as well as thousands of projects required by the architect to be QCP certified. In recent years, project inspections involving millwork fabrication have typically begun with a formal review and report of the woodwork subcontractor's shop drawings. To date, most of those drawings have not conformed with AWS requirements, either in terms drawing format or construction details. This clearly indicated the need for an educational offering specifically for the industry's detailing/drafting community. Thus, the Individual Drafting Accreditation (IDA) idea was born, and formally endorsed by the QCC Board of Directors in early 2016. The aim of the IDA process is to help detailers and drafters become the gateway through which AWI Standards are consistently incorporated into both shop drawing submittals and architectural woodwork products. At the same time, the IDA is an invaluable addition to any detailer/drafter resume, since the accreditation originated with AWI's Quality Certification Program, and is based on the Standard which today is widely accepted and specified by designers.