FGIA Updates Fundamentals of Fenestration Education Program

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has updated its Fundamentals of Fenestration education program.

The program, which was released in 2016, is designed to provide participants with a working knowledge of the fenestration industry. The program helps users identify various fenestration products, describe the basics of performance, testing and certification and learn about materials used for manufacturing and installation.

“If you are looking for an introduction to the fenestration industry, you won’t find more relevant content than the Fundamentals of Fenestration program,” says Aaron Blom, FGIA technical training specialist. “This course would be especially helpful as a part of a company’s onboarding and training program for inside sales reps, customer service teams and anyone new to the industry that needs a basic understanding of fenestration products.”

The updated program covers a broad range of the fenestration industry. It includes a revised introductory course, A Comprehensive Overview of the Industry, which is a two-hour class that provides basic terminology and information about windows, doors and skylights. The course qualifies for American Institute of Architects and International Code Council continuing education credits.

The program also has been modernized to feature more dynamic, engaging information. To achieve that, the FGIA added animations and high-quality images to make the program more polished, says Blom.

Additionally, users can take the course at their own pace. The two-hour program can be completed over a span of three months. According to Blom, there are five modules within the program that include key takeaways at the end of each module. A post-assessment is required, and a certificate of completion is provided once the minimum score of 80% is achieved.

The five modules are:

  1. Windows and Doors
  2. Aluminum Framing Systems and Skylights and Sloped Glazing Systems
  3. Glass, Framing Materials and Hardware
  4. Performance, Testing and Certification
  5. Installation, Safety and Care and Maintenance

Each takes about 20 minutes to complete.

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