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SPF CERTIFICATION CERT IFICATION T ANATOMY OF A CERTIFICATION PROGRAM SPFA HAS been engaged over the past 12 months in development of a new SPF Professional Certification Program, with the targeted roll-out date of the Annual Convention and Expo, February 12-15 in Jacksonville, Fla. While the program remains in development at the time of this writing, many people in the industry have great excitement, anticipation and questions that this article is meant to address. Impetus for Development For many years the SPFA has housed a contractor accreditation and training program. That program was developed through a consensus process where members put together their expertise, training and best practices. It was a great program but as the industry changes, the way we train our most-valued resource – the professional contractor – must also change. There is more demand for SPF today, and with that comes the need for increased availability and accessibility to well-trained and experienced contractors to do the work. One major element needed for continued and sustained growth of the industry is knowledgeable, skilled craftsmen and women. SPF is truly a fantastic product, but it requires that the people installing it possess the knowledge, skills and abilities to both do it safely, and do it correctly. In the construction trades an industry certification is becoming more prevalent, important, in-demand and recognized as a minimum qualification. This is certainly understandable. With respect to insulation and roofi ng, two critical components to any building, they represent modifications to a homeowner’s greatest investment, or a building-owner’s greatest asset. This type of work is serious business from a customer’s viewpoint. And from the viewpoint of the contractor, this is their livelihood, represents skilled U.S. jobs that cannot be exported, carries physical risks inherent to the construction business, and facilitates a transformation in the U.S. toward more efficient, sustainable and high performing structures that will be more comfortable and save a lot of energy. SPF as a building material has a monumental role to play in that transformation. Until the day comes where SPF can install itself, the professional contractor will have the most important role to play in managing that transformation. To that end, SPFA recognized an increasing need for professional certification of SPF workers and embarked upon an effort to deliver what both SPF pros, and customers, have been demanding… a way to differentiate professionals through their demonstrated completion of a rigorous, thorough and comprehensive set of requirements. Development Process In the fall of 2011, SPFA convened a high level working group of contractors, manufacturers, and other industry professionals to scope out what a new training and certification program might need to include. It was essential that this be developed for SPF professionals, by SPF professionals. Obviously the basics of health, safety and installation quality were at the core of discussions, but so too were elements of business operation, continuing education, and a degree of enforcement that would give the program credibility and increase acceptance. Discussion also identified the need to expect certain knowledge, skills and abilities www.sprayfoam.org | SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL 25 http://www.sprayfoam.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Spray Foam Professional - Winter 2012

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S CORNER
PRESIDENT’S POST
FOAM BUSINESS NEWS
SPFA TODAY
SAFETY FIRST
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
SPFA CONVENTION & EXPO
ANATOMY OF A CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT SUMMARY
ASK THE EXPERT
UPCOMING EVENTS
INDEX OF ADVERTISERS

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