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Contact: David Walker
866/342.5642, ext. 153
ngapress@glass.org

NGA TO OFFER WINDOW AND DOOR INSTALLATION TRAINING ON-LINE
THE ASSOCIATION PARTNERS WITH ARCHITECTURAL TESTING

WASHINGTON, DC  (October 6, 2008) – The National Glass Association (NGA) today announced a partnership with member company Architectural Testing to develop window and door installation courses for NGA’s groundbreaking on-line training program, MyGlassClass.com. 

“This partnership with Architectural Testing will help us make MyGlassClass.com an even more valuable and effective training tool because it moves us into an important and growing area of the glass industry,” said NGA Vice President, Association Services David Walker.  “We are pleased to add a new dimension to our training programs in order to further enhance their breadth and relevance.”

Architectural Testing is headquartered in York, PA and specializes in performance testing for fenestration products.  The company is already an industry leader in instructor-led training.

“Computer-based training is a cost-effective and convenient educational tool, and we are happy to have the opportunity to add an on-line component to our popular instructor-led training programs,” said David Moyer, Architectural Testing’s Vice President of Certification Services.

MyGlassClass.com was launched in 2006 and offers dozens of courses specifically designed for both the auto and flat glass industry, ranging from safety instruction to professional development to industry certification.  It was developed in partnership with leaders in the glass industry and will be continually updated and enhanced to reflect industry needs.

The InstallationMasters™ Training and Certification program is a nationwide program for installers of windows and patio doors in the residential and light commercial markets, and is based on an industry consensus standard (ASTM E2112).  The program was developed by AAMA after prompting from the Building and Thermal Envelope Council (BETEC) through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and was launched in 1999.  The goal of the program, since the beginning, has been improving energy performance and reducing field service “callbacks” to correct faulty installations.

For more information on MyGlassClass.com, contact the NGA’s Alyssa Kirkman at 703/442-4890, ext. 151 or at myglassclass@glass.org.



About NGA
Founded in 1948, the National Glass Association is the largest trade association representing the flat (architectural) and auto glass industries. Based outside Washington, DC, and representing over 3,000 member companies and locations, NGA offers certification, education and training, including MyGlassClass.com – a state-of-the-art online training resource. NGA publishes the industry’s leading trade magazines: Glass Magazine® and Window & Door®; and e-newsletters: e-glass weekly™ and WDweekly™. In addition, NGA serves the industry and general public with its Web sites: glass.org, GlassBuildAmerica.com, GlassMagazine.com, WindowandDoor.com, and MyAutoGlass.org. NGA also hosts the industry’s premier annual trade events: GlassBuild America®: The Glass, Window & Door Expo and the National Auto Glass Forum. For more information on NGA, visit www.glass.org.