The IWCA Safety Certification Program consists of four
different workbooks that may be used singularly or combined depending on
the certification level attempted. All workbooks are available in
either English or Spanish.
Window cleaners learn about the safe use of basic window
cleaning equipment and chemicals and/or the use of more complicated
equipment including high-rise access equipment. They will also gain an
understanding of how to assess a job site for hazards and what can be
done to overcome those hazards.
The appropriate workbooks can be downloaded upon their registration for the course.
In addition to using the workbook(s) as a study aid, the
enrolled trainee must also complete three online exams. After
successfully passing the three online exams with a score of 92 or higher
the trainee must pass the final exam by scoring 90 or higher The final
exam is an in-person, proctored exam. The final exam will be offered
during regional safety trainings and during the annual conference which
allows candidates to attend a half-day review session. Certifications
are valid for three years.
Three online tests and one final exam.
The cost is $300 per individual for Suspended Operations if you are an IWCA
member, $750 per individual if you are not an IWCA member. The cost is $175 per individual for Ground Operations if you are an IWCA member. If you plan
to take the final exam during the regional IWCA Safety Training, you
will be able to attend the safety training at no cost, as it serves as a
review for your certification exam. However, if the regional safety
training is not in a city near you, you can have the final exam at your
location through the hire your own proctor option.
After identifying a qualified proctor and submitting the
completed agreement to the IWCA, the IWCA will send the instructions
and exams to administer the final exam at your identified location. Hire
your own proctor procedures can be downloaded through this link.
The certification program is designed for those who have
been working within the window cleaning industry for a while, not for
someone who just recently decided to become a window cleaning
professional. The primary work is self-study via the downloadable
workbooks. A review session during IWCA regional or annual convention
safety training course is taught by Stefan Bright, IWCA’s Safety
We are glad you are taking the initiative!
However, the certification program is not for someone brand-new to the
business. A better beginner course for you would be the one-day,
regional IWCA Safety Training program. That program covers all of the
safety basics and is a good way to get started. Please be aware that the
certification program is to certify that you have the skill set and
knowledge needed to fit the requirements of that specific level.
We ask our enrollees to give themselves at
least a three month window prior to the final exam to study. Although
there are those who have passed everything on a quicker time frame, three
months is enough time for most people to be successful.
There are three online tests and a final proctored multiple choice exam.
By earning your certification, you are
validating your commitment to safety within the industry. Building
owners and property managers are now requesting window cleaning
contractors to provide proof of certification on their bids for
IWCA Safety Training courses or our
certification program is not a requirement for those working within the
window cleaning industry. However, as an association we hope that you
will choose to participate in some sort of safety training program, even
if it is not with us. Ultimately, we want every window cleaner to go
home safely each day.