Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) Certification Training

  

The Air Barrier Association of America is the industry association for commercial air barrier contractors and installers in North America, offering training by experienced ABAA trainers.

Several states have adopted air barrier requirements in their updated commercial energy conservation codes, and many project design teams utilize the ABAA specification to insure that their projects meet quality standards.  The ABAA installer courses provide both installers and construction managers with knowledge and skills to meet the standard. ABAA certified contractors possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to produce quality air barrier installations, while setting themselves apart from the competition.

ABAA classes offered at AEA at this time include those listed below.  Watch our calendar for new courses.

The Self Adhered & Fluid Applied Installer Training course (3 days)

The classroom portion of training emphasizes understanding the need for and function of an air barrier assembly, the ability to select and install the correct material in SA and FL applications, the ability to confirm proper installation through on-sit testing and the documentation required throughout the air barrier installation process. The classroom is divided into three main modules:

  • The first, principles and theory, provides an introduction to air barriers, building science, codes and standards as well as installer ethics and responsibilities.
  •  The second module focuses on procedure, teaching participants about testing and audits and proper documentation and reporting.
  • The final module of the classroom section is an overview of building enclosure construction. Participants will learn about material selection, application technology, substrate conditions and the continuity/compatibility of components.
  • The practical portion of the training module is carried out on a job site, or on a mock-up where an authorized ABAA representative will instruct the installer and observe the application of the air barrier assembly

The Spray Polyurethane Installer Certification Training course (3 days)

The classroom portion of training emphasize understanding the need for and function of an air barrier assembly, the ability to select and install the correct material in SPF application, the ability to confirm proper installation through on-sit testing and the documentation required throughout the air barrier installation process. The classroom is divided into three main modules:

  •  The first, principles and theory, provides an introduction to air barriers, building science, codes and standards as well as installer ethics and responsibilities.
  • The second module focuses on procedure, teaching participants about testing and audits and proper documentation and reporting.
  • The final module of the classroom section is an overview of building enclosure construction. Participants will learn about material selection, application technology, substrate conditions and the continuity/compatibility of components
  • The practical portion of the training module is carried out on a job site, or on a mock-up where an authorized ABAA representative will instruct the installer and observe the application of the air barrier assembly.

The Quality Assurance Program Administrator course

This is a 3 hour course generally held in the evening. Participants study an introduction to air barriers, materials versus systems, building code requirements, site installation realities and installer testing requirements. The administrator course also delivers an overview of the ABAA Quality Assurance Program, contractor and installer obligations, project reporting as well as related documentation.

In addition to class preparation and passing the examinations, ABAA certifications require a minimum of 3000 hours of work experience either directly with air barriers or in applicable related trade experience.  For the Spray Foam certification, at least 1,000 hours of SPF experience must be included in those 3,000 hours. (For further details please check the ABAA website at www.airbarrier.org.)

Note: Accreditation requirements for Contractors include employing at least one Certified Installer and one QAP Administrator.

California

New York

Illinois