ABAA Simulated Field Training
Christopher Collins Cameron BES
ABAA Simulated Training Sessions
DateApril 27, 2017
The Cameron BES hosted the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) on Thursday April 20, 2017 at our warehouse facility in Elkridge, Maryland as part of their simulated field training sessions for individuals pursuing their self-adhered fluid applied, and sprayed polyurethane foam certifications. This is the first in a two part series discussing the differences between each certification. This is week we will discuss the self-adhered fluid applied certification training course.

The ABAA promotes the use of air barriers, offers technical specifications to designers, and offers on-site inspections.  They also develop standards of proficiency in the industry through On-Site Quality Assurance Programs. Finally the ABAA offers training to installers, estimators, managers, and administrators on the contractor side, as well as AIA accredited courses for design professionals.

The Event

The Cameron Group was selected as the guest host because of the close proximity and state of the art facility. David Ball, Cameron BES General Manager, said “Everyone was extremely thankful for our hospitality.” Over 60 installers from across the country participated in the event including three Cameron Group employees Daniel Alfaro, Ronny Clagg, and Christopher Collins.

The Self-Adhered Fluid Applied certification training sessions took place over a 2.5 day period with the final portion of the training concluding with the field portion of the course taking place at an ABAA approved field location or facility. Those that participated in the certification course must have at least 3000 hours of experience in air barrier applications or related fields.

According to Scott Cameron, President of the Cameron Group, “Installers who complete the training will receive a level 3 certification. This is the highest level of training in our industry and most are considered experts at the top of their field.” Self- Adhered Training sessions consist of three separate modules

  1. Introduction to air barriers, building science, and installer ethics and responsibilities.
  2. Testing, audits, and proper documentation reporting.
  3. Practical training that gives class participants the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom by working on a mock up displays that are similar to jobs that they would be working on at various job sites.

  4. What to Expect

    Mr. Ball added “You must have at least one level three certified installer on an ABAA accredited commercial job at all times.” Not having an accredited installer on location can lead to serious consequences such as fines and penalties for violating industry policy and procedures. This is covered in the first portion of the Self-Adhered certification course under installer ethics and responsibilities.

    Students that invest in the training programs can expect to be challenged and look at the opportunity as an investment in their future career success. Training sessions are designed to be challenging. Course materials are designed to educate installers, and help them to develop the skills and knowledge to provide quality air barrier installations. In our next blog post we will dive further into discussing the benefits of Sprayed Polyurethane Foam Certification offered by the ABAA.  

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