IMI Instructor Certification Program
Multi-Craft Approach Focuses on Industry Trends
Journal: January 2005
Now celebrating its 20th year, the IMI Instructor Certification Program (ICP) has evolved into a rigorous instructor training program that directly benefits BAC members at all levels of their careers, and the masonry industry at large. Participants, who represent all BAC crafts and the vast majority of BAC Locals, number close to 200. To date, the program has produced 178 certified instructors.
To keep BAC and IMI instructors on top of industry needs and to reflect BAC’s emphasis on cross-craft training, ICP courses are continuously updated. The program offers a mix of professional development and technical courses, plus hands-on sessions in all the BAC crafts and products. In order to become certified, BAC and IMI instructors must present an extensive graduate portfolio.
The 200-hour curriculum, which takes at least five years to complete, reflects a significant investment of time on the part of the instructors. BAC Local 5 Ohio Apprentice Coordinator Anthony McCullough, who graduated in 2004, wasn’t sure what to expect when he started in 1999. What stands out in his mind are the updates on industry trends and IMI activities, as well as the hands-on familiarization sessions in new products like AAC, which he often adopts for his own program. But at the top of his list is the ability to compare notes and strategies with BAC and IMI colleagues. “It’s really helped me,” he says.
Robbie Marshall of Local 74 IL couldn’t agree more. “ICP has inspired me to push myself and to encourage others. I have learned that I can and do make a difference.”
One visitor to the 2004 session was Max Porter, President of The Masonry Society, and a professor of civil and construction engineering at Iowa State University. While he highly approved of the topics in general, “I was especially impressed with the masonry mock-up wall sections showing mistakes that typically can occur during construction,” Porter said. The mockups were part of the popular Codes and Standards class.