Course Descriptions

As the authoritative resource for excellence in architectural woodwork, AWI is a recognized source of knowledge and information among its community of nearly 3,700 members — manufacturers, suppliers, design professionals, educators, and students from around the world.

AWI's education program faculty include knowledgeable experts in business management, highly successful woodworkers and other recognized specialists.

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Contracts: The Profits are in the Details
Fundamentals of Estimating
Advanced Estimating
Fundamentals of Project Management
Advanced Project Management
Lean Manufacturing
Auto CAD for Woodworkers
LEED™/Green/Sustainable Woodwork
Introduction to QCP: Maximizing Your Participation
Under the Surface of the AWS: Using the New Standards

Contracts: The Profits are in the Details
Length: 1/2 Day
Learning Outcomes: Learn how to negotiate contract terms that protect your interests while satisfying those of contractors and owners. You need not lose a project by standing up for your rights. Nail the details down up front to minimize disputes down the road. Learn from an attorney who has represented specialty trade contractors in a variety of disputes involving construction defects, warranty issues, increased scope of work, and labor inefficiencies. Take home sample language for use in negotiating your rights on the next project that is more profitable and less-stressful.

Fundamentals of Estimating
Length: 1 Day
Learning Outcomes: This basic program is designed to help you calculate your "break even" and to introduce attendees to the AWI Cost Book. Do you know how much it costs to put the key in the door and turn on the lights every day at your plant? Learn how to find out, AND how to put that fact to work for profitable jobs next week. Go home from this program, knowing you can turn down unprofitable work and negotiate your margins with confidence.

Advanced Estimating
Length: 2 Day
Learning Outcomes: Get the results you want from every project — profit and pleasure. Participants take away immediately useful tools — job costing, bid justification, tips for estimating complex projects. The faculty takes attendees through unique woodworking problems, and leads them to real-world solutions. You should have a grasp of basic math, know how to use a calculator and architect's scale rule, have a working knowledge of the AWI Cost Book and Quality Standards. Whether you "bid" or "negotiate," the tips and tools from this meat-and-potatoes seminar will improve your bottom line.

Fundamentals of Project Management
Length: 1 Day
Learning Outcomes: Basic one day program designed for NEW project managers. Participants will build a solid foundation for profitable projects, sharpen their basic management skills, and learn what questions to ask.

Advanced Project Management
Length: 2 Day
Learning Outcomes: Effective, efficient, aggressive project management is vital to your company's growth and health. Learn to "manage UP" to the general contractors and owners for whom you work. Take home tips and techniques to put your team in control of the project from the first day to job close out. Improve your customer management skills, allowing jobs to flow instead of bump along to completion. Get the tools to punch out of a job, once and for all.

Lean Manufacturing
Length: 2 Day
Learning Outcomes: This workshop is designed by woodworkers and presented by active woodworking professionals currently implementing Lean principles. The two days will have a laser-like focus on the steps a woodworking firm needs to take to get Lean. This program is NOT an introduction to Lean Manufacturing. A pre-seminar reading list will be prepared for attendees who need a primer on LEAN.

Auto CAD for Woodworkers
Length: 1/2 day, full day, or up to 4 day programs as industry need determines
Learning Outcomes: This course will teach competent users of the Autodesk program AutoCAD the tips and tricks of fine woodwork detailing and engineering with the objectives of increasing efficiency, reducing error, and adding clarity to shop drawings for woodwork manufacture.

LEED™/Green/Sustainable Woodwork
Length: 1/2 Day
Learning Outcomes: This program explores the relationships between the US Green Building Council LEED®; green building rating system project specifications and the use of wood and wood products. It is intended for general-level design professionals, end-use customers, and woodworkers who are unfamiliar with the LEED requirements. The concept of LEED points or credits are related to AWI's support of sustainable architecture and the use of wood, nature‚Äôs renewable resource. Attendees take home an understanding of the benefits and drawbacks of using Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certifiedcertified materials. The program reviews green lumber, panel products, veneers, and doors.

Introduction to QCP: Maximizing Your Participation
Length: 1 Hour
Learning Outcomes: This course will cover the "how-to's" in becoming certified, as well as implementing the AWI Quality Certification Program (AWI QCP) to assure project compliance, and marketing your firm under the QCP banner. Woodworkers will learn all of the necessary steps in applying QCP to their work, improving the value-added worth of the job.

Under the Surface of the AWS: Using the New Standards
Length: 1 Hour
Learning Outcomes: This course will provide the keys to navigating, understanding and putting the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) to practical use in today's woodworking business. Going beyond introduction and focusing on application, this will be a powerful "how-to" in moving the AWS from the shelf to the plant floor. In-depth knowledge of the AWS can position your firm as authoritative and professional when dealing with prospective clients.