Volume 9, Issue 1                        January/February 2005

EDUCATION
    DARRELL SMITH

IWFA Education Is Truly International

During Automotive Industry Aftermarket Week in Las Vegas in November, which included the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, the International Window Film Association (IWFA) held educational accreditation testing sessions for all four programs: automotive, flat glass, advanced solar control and safety/security.

What made this latest round of testing so unique was that not only were seven states represented, but so were four countries. In one meeting alone, there were participants from California, Colorado, Ohio and Virginia, as well as from Guam, Hong Kong and Singapore. One participant spoke little English and, to accommodate his needs, his interpreter was allowed to accompany him during the review and testing. He attempted and passed all four tests in the two-day period. There were more total tests taken by non-U.S. members than U.S. members during this round of testing.

Testing sessions will also be offered at IWFE 2005 in Orlando in February. So if you have not yet considered becoming accredited in at least one subject area, the IWFE might be a great chance for you to start. The availability of testing at regional computer testing centers in North America is also an option. Truly, the IWFA has become a recognized international organization; donít get left behind the rest of the world.

Testing is not limited to one area; you can become accredited in more than one subject. For more information, contact the IWFA central office at info@iwfa.com, or by phone 276/666-4932.                                                                 WF

Darrell Smith is the executive director of IWFA.

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