Industry professionals: Experience
recognition at IFAI Expo 2004
Roseville, Minn. – April 29, 2004
– Held Oct. 27-29, 2004 at the David L. Lawrence
Convention Center in Pittsburgh, IFAI Expo 2004 will
serve as a testing site for IFAI Professional
Certification as well as a showcase for the 2004
International Achievement Awards competition.
IFAI Professional Certification
IFAI Expo 2004 presents a valuable opportunity for
specialty fabrics industry professionals to test
their skills and knowledge in order to achieve an
IFAI Professional Certification. The application
deadline for testing at IFAI Expo 2004 is Aug. 16,
IFAI offers four professional certifications –
Industrial Fabrics Manager (IFM); Master Fabric
Craftsman (MFC); Certified Craftsman (CC); and
Certified Project Planner (CPP) – that test
expertise in applicable specialty areas. Candidates
who successfully pass two or three testing phases
are awarded a professional designation that
acknowledges their superior skills and knowledge and
their commitment to the industry. Certification
gives recipients a competitive advantage and the
opportunity to be a part of an exclusive,
prestigious group of industry leaders.
The IFM professional certification identifies
superior knowledge of the principles and practices
of business and organizational management.
Candidates demonstrate excellence in two of four
specialty areas including marketing, production,
finance or personnel.
Two manufacturing certifications, MFC and CC, are
designed to test skill and knowledge levels of all
components of design, construction and installation
applicable to any of the following product areas:
Awnings/Canopies, Banners/Flags, Marine Interior,
Marine Exterior, and Truck Covers and Tarps.
The CPP professional certification identifies
excellence in the design, salesmanship and product
planning of awnings/canopies and banners/flags as
well as general knowledge of the manufacturing
IFAI Expo 2004 also will host a Professional
Certification Orientation Session on Oct. 28, from
4:30-5:30 p.m. for professionals who want more
information about the certification programs,
guidelines, phases and open discussion with
If you are interested in achieving an IFAI
Professional Certification during IFAI Expo 2004,
to download a .PDF request form and fax back to IFAI
at +1 651 631 9334 or contact Jill Rutledge at IFAI,
+1 651 225 6981, e-mail
2004 International Achievement Awards
Since 1949, the IFAI International Achievement
Awards competition has been honoring specialty
fabrics end-product manufacturers for projects that
reflect their innovative ideas, ability to meet
their clients’ needs and efforts to overcome
Using 26 unique categories, the world-class
competition recognizes projects in markets
including: air and tension structures, awnings and
canopies, banners and flags, marine, tent,
architectural structures, graphics, trade show
booths, interior projects, interactive and cold air
inflatables, geosynthetics, industrial applications,
safety and protective, and medical.
2004 International Achievement Awards competition
entries will be showcased at IFAI Expo 2004. Winners
of the Awards of Excellence and Outstanding
Achievement Awards will be announced during the IFAI
Expo 2004 Awards Breakfast.
Winning an International Achievement Award serves as
excellent internal and external publicity for small
companies and large corporations alike.
“We enter the International Achievement Awards
competition in order to motivate our employees and
to promote our projects to customers,” said Mr.
Motonobu Nohmura, Taiyo Kogyo Corporation.
International Achievement Award winners garner
global industry and media recognition for their
innovative contributions to the specialty fabrics
industry. Winners are featured in multiple industry
publications including Fabric Architecture, Marine
Fabricator, Upholstery Journal, GFR, InTents, and a
special supplement to the Industrial Fabric Products
IFAI members may submit up to four entries free of
charge. The final deadline for submitting entries is
July 15, 2004. IFAI members and nonmembers are
eligible to participate in the competition.
Project entries must include photos of
outstanding specialty fabric projects and
descriptions of their unique characteristics.
Entered projects must have been completed by July 1,
2002. To receive an entry brochure, contact
Christine Malmgren at +1 651 225 6926,
download the brochure at
Plastics Molding & Fabricating
F: (847) 362-5028