POTOMAC FALLS, VA — The Architectural Woodwork Institute, a nonprofit trade association representing architectural woodworkers, suppliers, design professionals and students, on Jan. 15 announced its intention to compose a unified North American Standard of Tool Skills and Evaluations, written by volunteers from the advanced wood processing industry. 

According to AWI, shop managers will be able to test and score employees on woodworking skills. A group of skills are assembled into a job description and credentials can be issued to recognize accomplishment.

Professional and trade associations have pledged support for the standards. The U.S. Forest Service, the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America, the Woodworking Machinery Industry Assn., and the Association of Woodworking and Furnishing Suppliers are financing the work. AWI chapters in Arizona, Texas, New England, Iowa/Nebraska and Chicago have also donated both dollars and volunteers.

For more information on the skill standards, contact Greg Heuer at gheuer@awinet.org.

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