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Certification Services Fast Facts
  • Provides significant benefits: reduces time to market, reduces exposure to liability, distinguishes product quality and consistency.
  • Accredited by the International Accreditation Service as an Inspection Agency, File AA676, in accordance with International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard ISO 17020.
  • Administers the InstallationMasters™ Installer Certification program and developed the Certified Installer Program for the Vinyl Siding Institute.
  • Brings over 35 years of testing and code compliance experience to the challenge of providing the best quality assurance and certification programs.

Value

Architectural Testing brings leadership in performance testing to a wide range of certification services--verifying compliance to standards, validating conformity to codes, and training personnel to established procedures, thereby helping our customers gain acceptance of their products and services.

Architectural Testing-sponsored and administered certification programs provide participating manufacturers the opportunity to distinguish their products from those that are non-certified. Product certification marks and certification services play critical roles in the selection process of buyers, contractors, specifiers, distributors, regulators, and others who make important decisions about a product or service's integrity and acceptability.

Certification Mark

The Architectural Testing product certification mark provides clear evidence that a product has undergone third-party testing and verification by our nationally accredited and recognized test laboratory. It is only used under license from Architectural Testing on products that conform to national, international, or other applicable standards. To qualify, manufacturers submit products for independent evaluation under controlled conditions. Only products that pass all required tests, are manufactured under an approved quality control program, and meet the program requirements are licensed to bear the certification mark.

Architectural Testing certification marks are applicable for parameters of performance that can apply to many different products, such as acoustic and blast performance, as well as within specific product categories, such as deck and hand-rail systems, roofing materials, siding and cladding, insect screens, garage doors, and curtain wall systems.

Manufacturers who participate in Architectural Testing Certification Services and programs can satisfy many requirements for product acceptance programs throughout the United States and Canada. This includes our Code Compliance Research Reports program which provides a widely accepted, qualified independent alternative to ICC-ES Evaluation Reports.

Architectural Testing is accredited by the International Accreditation Service in the following disciplines:

  • Vinyl siding
  • Walking decks
  • Deck boards and handrail systems
  • Curtain wall, window wall, and storefront systems
  • Sandwich panels
  • Fiber-reinforced polymer composite columns (FRP)
  • Steel studs
  • Sustainable attributes verification and evaluation program (SAVE)
  • Blast hazard mitigation
  • Panel walls
  • Skylights
  • Exterior doors and windows
  • Roof impact
  • Shutters
  • Structural steel fabrication
  • Garage doors
  • Metal building manufacturing
  • Acoustical inspection of fenestration products

Certification Services

Architectural Testing Certification Services also offers Quality Assurance (QA) programs for manufacturers of a wide range of products. In addition, Architectural Testing will assist manufacturers in the development of in-house quality control programs to ensure consistent quality production for code compliance, and also assist in providing training for production workers and product installers. Using ISO Guide 65, we can customize a certification program that addresses the needs of any building products industry. We can also develop custom certification programs that meet the needs of specific markets, industries, and jurisdictions.


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