SFIA Unveils Cold-Formed Steel Contractor Certification Program
Orlando, FL - The Steel Framing Industry Association (SFIA), announces a new certification program for professional contractors who specialize in cold-formed steel (CFS) installation.
The SFIA Contractor Certification Program is designed for contractors who wish to distinguish themselves in the competitive landscape by demonstrating proficiency in cold-formed steel framing. Certified SFIA contractors receive recognition for continuous improvement, education and training, and quality control systems – all of which are independently verified via a written test and rigorous third-party observation of CFS installation techniques. Certification is available for both structural and non-structural CFS construction.
“We are very pleased to bring our members this new program, and to also provide a service to companies building with cold-formed steel because it helps identify contractors with the knowledge and skills needed for efficient installations that meet building code requirements,” said SFIA Executive Director Larry Williams. "The SFIA is the only organization in the United States that is represents the full scope of the steel framing industry and therefore is uniquely qualified to operate a certification program of this kind.”
“This national program is the first and only of its kind for cold-formed steel installation contractors,” said Robert Grupe, who manages the program for the SFIA. “By becoming certified through the SFIA, contractors will gain a competitive edge over CFS installers who have not independently verified their competency with the material.
“Because the program is conducted by SFIA, we believe this certification will also have tremendous appeal for design professionals, general contractors and developers who demand a strong commitment to standards, training and quality,” he added.
Certified contractors adhere to the SFIA Quality Assurance Program and Code of Ethics while facilitating a safe workplace environment, all of which promote lower costs and faster approvals. In return, contractors are provided with marketing support and promotional tools to increase their reach to design professionals, general contractors and owners looking for proven CFS expertise.
The program debuted at the SFIA’s annual membership meeting and general session, held in conjunction with the annual INTEX Expo in Orlando. Available to members of the SFIA and the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry (AWCI), certification costs $750 for structural and $600 for nonstructural, and can be renewed annually.
About The Steel Framing Industry Association
The SFIA represents nearly 1,500 members, including steel mills, coil coaters, processors, roll-formers, fabricators, engineers, material distributors and framing contractors. Its 32 stud manufacturer members produce nearly 80 percent of the cold-formed steel stud and track used in the U.S. SFIA promotes using cold-formed steel framing, advocates pro-industry codes and standards, conducts seminars and supports competitiveness through innovation. SFIA provides statistical and trend data for the industry regarding safety, steel usage and prices. For more information, visit www.cfsteel.org.