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Installer Courses

Installer courses and training programs for Air Barrier professionals.



Installer training is an investment in the future and a tool for success. ABAA’s elite installer courses provide you with an edge in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Whether you are looking to upgrade your skills, or searching a new career; ABAA’s Air Barrier Installer courses are designed to meet your needs.

ABAA’s installer courses provide a means to ensure air barrier installers possess the necessary skills and knowledge to produce quality air barrier applications.

Once an installer completes the ABAA training program, he/she should have the ability to:

  • Read and understand specifications
  • Select the proper material for the application
  • Determine the proper substrate conditions
  • Proper application of the material
  • Ensure the compatibility of components
  • Ensure continuity over joints and junctions
  • Undertake the required testing
  • Accurately complete documentation
  • Complete the installation in a safe manner



While all industry members are encouraged to participate in training, certification will be granted upon completion of the course only to those participants who are able to demonstrate either a working knowledge of air barrier installation practices and documented practical experience, or an acceptable combination of related practical trade experience in related products in commercial construction.

Participants must also possess a solid understanding of construction and building components. New entrants to the industry are also welcome to attend this course and participate in ABAA’s apprentice program.


ABAA accepts related experience in spray-applied waterproofing, hours in sheet membrane waterproofing, self-adhered membrane roofing, torch-applied membrane roofing and in painting.

Hours in each category are weighted and reviewed on a case by case basis by the ABAA office.


Please note that training is only one component of the certification process.


Participants who successfully complete the air barrier installer course will receive a training course attendance letter with exam results (if applicable) and an attendance certificate.


Self-Adhered & Fluid Applied Installer Training Course

Spray Polyurethane Foam & Self-Adhered Installer Training Course

The installer training course consists of both theory and practical instruction.

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(s) 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.

Course Length: 2.5 Days

In-Person Training Course Fees:

  • Members – $995.00
  • Non-Members – $1,495.00

Online Training Course Fees:

  • Members – $595.00
  • Non-Members – $1,095.00

Additional Fees:

  • Certification Exam – $250.00
  • Certification Registration – $250.00

Fluid Applied & Self-Adhered Materials:

  • Minimum of 3,000 Hours of experience in air barrier applications or related fields.
  • Achieve a passing average grade of 80%.
  • Completion of all required documentation.

Spray Polyurethane Foams & Self-Adhered Materials:

  • Minimum of 3,000 Hours of experience in air barrier applications or related fields.
    • A minimum of at least 1,500 hours in SPF experience is required as part of the overall 3,000 hours.
  • Achieve a passing average grade of 80%.
  • Completion of all required documentation.
Attending a training course and/or successfully passing the certification exam DOES NOT constitute certification has been completed.