Architectural Woodwork Institute: Better and Stronger

By Bill Esler | Posted: 08/09/2013 9:12AM


Architectural Woodwork Standard The Architectural Woodwork Institute – holding its 61st Annual Convention Oct. 9-11 in Orlando – is a pillar of the woodworking industry, though some of its endeavors may escape the notice of non-members. Besides being highly accomplished in architectural millwork and buildouts, members are among the savviest operations in the woodworking interiors field.

AWI sets and maintains, through careful rigor and review, the Architectural Woodwork Standards – the Bible of specification, construction and installation of interior architectural woodwork. AWI helped launch an affiliate AWI Quality Certification Program, which provides certification credentials to woodworking firms who, through comprehensive testing and inspection, demonstrate the ability to fabricate, finish and/or install work in accordance with the quality grade criteria set forth in those Architectural Woodwork Standards.

Woodwork Career Alliance
AWI also administered the launch of the Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA), which verifies machine operating skills of woodworkers with its Passport Program. WCA is also developing training and certification programs for education centers, in schools and businesses across the country, addressing our need for skilled workers.

AWI’s new Cost of Doing Business Survey found its members are doing better, both hiring and investing, which they richly deserve for all they provide the woodworking industry.


About the Author

Bill Esler, Woodworking Network, WMS

Bill Esler

Bill Esler, Editorial Director, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for overall content at Woodworking Network magazine, and related newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network Live conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He developing audience engagement programs using custom digital printing, live lead-generating events, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at or follow him on Google+.

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