IWFA Announces Joint Education Project at WFCTJune 9th, 2021 by Chris Collier
Day two of the International Window Film Conference and Tint Off™ (WFCT) included IWFA Education Day, a day of the event that is sponsored by the International Window Film Association (IWFA), which also presents the educational sessions. During Training New Installers and New Installer Training Program, part of the morning’s education-centric seminars, the IWFA announced big news about a partnership that filled the Tangerine Ballroom with applause.
“The IWFA and the Window Tint School have agreed to a joint education project for at least the next year and a half,” said Darrell Smith, executive director of the IWFA. “We’re giving ourselves a year and a half to develop this mutual project—to get it to completion. The IWFA will make its educational materials available to the Window Tint School for them to use and incorporate into their own in-house curriculum. In return, the Window Tint School will soon begin to include IWFA solar control accreditation as part of the graduation requirement in its programs.”
In addition to solar control accreditation, the partnership will also incorporate accreditation testing to ascertain and recognize the school’s students for their comprehension of various other IWFA Educational Accreditation Programs: Automotive Window Film, Safety and Security Window Film and Advanced Solar Control Window Film. Students could potentially graduate from Window Tint School with official IWFA accreditations due to the partnership. Graduates will also receive a one-year complimentary IWFA membership.
Window Tint School, Jacksonville, Fla., was founded by Jon Dewar and Darren Fettik in 2015. The owners say it is the first school in the nation dedicated solely to training and educating window film installers. The school offers either a three-day or five-day curriculum where students learn to tackle installation on flat glass, automotive glass, decorative films, plus take field trips to nearby window film businesses and receive sales training.
“Many window film dealerships will want to have graduates of Window Tint School on their team, not just for the high-level of training students obtain, but also for the opportunity of ranking higher in the IWFA’s business locator,” Smith said. “The combination of IWFA membership and accreditation that many of the students graduate with, will be a game-changer in the industry.”
With classes every week, Dewar said his school has taught students across the entire age spectrum. All that matters is that you’re willing to learn.
“There isn’t a wrong candidate,” Dewar said. “If they’re willing to show up to work and they want a career and they want a future, they’re the right candidate. . . . If you find the right candidate, I always tell people [to] forget worrying about the how-to-tint part. See where their head’s at, see what their mindset is, see if they want to learn the trade and see if they want to show up to work. Looking for a career? If we can find those people, we can make them tinters—that’s easy. That’s what the facility is for.”
Tuesday’s selection of seminars also saw Jennifer Sudina, operations and human resource manager at Sunsational Solutions, emphasize the significance of outsourcing during a Window Film Owner’s Guide to Outsourcing. From accounting to car detailing to janitorial services, Sudina said outsourcing can help you focus on the core of your business.
“Time is the most available asset we have,” Sudina said. “Professionally, there are a lot of opportunities for outsourcing. It’s not that we have to, but we have to choose strategies that help us run our business better. We all love to believe that we know everything, but we want to do what we do best, so that’s where our focus can go. And that’s where we can create efficiencies and efficiencies create money.”
From 1 to 6 p.m. attendees had the chance to roam the show floor and learn from fellow industry colleagues. Corporate PPF trainer Bill Stewart and product development manager Fred Zwilling were displaying Global Window Films’ second generation of paint protection film.
“PPF is a product that ever-evolves,” Stewart said. “The market demands create change in the products. If you look at all of the other manufacturers in the industry, there’s always been multiple variations. It’s part of the nature of the product.”
WFCT continues through Wednesday. Stay tuned to windowfilmmag.com for the latest news from the event.