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For 50 years, the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC) has been the National voice of Canada’s architectural woodwork industry. Our membership includes architectural woodwork manufacturers, installers, material and service suppliers, design professionals, media and educational institutions.

Providing AWMAC Members with the educational materials they need helps to ensure that together, we keep building knowledge… and in turn, building excellence.

Student Standards Questionnaire (SSQ)

AWMAC’s Student Standards Questionnaire (SSQ) is a FREE student version of the Manufacturer Standards Questionnaire (MSQ) for students in woodworking programs. Students who use it familiarize themselves with AWMAC’s STANDARDS…at no cost.

The SSQ includes 30 multiple choice questions from the current edition of AWMAC’s STANDARDS and Errata (as they become available).

Successful completion means the student’s mark is 95% or greater. Successful students are awarded an electronic Certificate of Completion from their Chapter valid until a new manual is released.

What students receive:

  • Gain familiarity of AWMAC’s STANDARDS
  • Recognition of successful completion (Certificate of Achievement)
  • Acknowledgement on AWMAC’s website

To take the SSQ, contact your regional Chapter now!

SSQ Certified Students
AWMAC is pleased to support those students that have successfully completed the Student Standards Questionnaire (SSQ).


AWMACs Tool Bag program is a National initiative that helps us promote, grow and facilitate active involvement of schools from the grass roots level of pre-employment. It provides AWMAC Chapters with free AWMAC tool bags, to be given to select secondary and/or post-secondary students in woodworking programs.

Each AWMAC Chapter provides the tools to students through its own funds or through sponsorship.

What students receive:

  • Opportunity to get one free tool bag and tools
  • Recognition / support from their school and AWMAC
  • Familiarity of AWMAC and AWMAC’s STANDARDS

What schools receive:

  • Free tool bag and tools for the students of their choice (amount dependent on number of bags issued to the Chapter)
  • Recognition / support of their school by AWMAC
  • Enhanced relationships with AWMAC
  • Familiarity of AWMAC and AWMAC’s STANDARDS
  • Involvement in the guiding educational initiatives of AWMAC

How it Works:

  • Chapters advise AWMAC National of their interest to participate.
  • National determines how many bags will be distributed to each Chapter.
  • National orders, purchases and couriers empty AWMAC tool bags to the Chapters.
  • Chapters determine which school(s) will receive the tool bags and tools.

To learn more about AWMAC’s Tool Bag Program, contact your regional Chapter.

NAAWS Manual in Schools

The North American Architectural Woodwork Standards (NAAWS) is AWMAC’s comprehensive set of standards. It represents the best of what AWMAC and our American counterpart Woodwork Institute have to offer in defining the requirements of material and workmanship for the fabrication and installation of architectural woodwork.

AWMAC’s Standards (NAAWS) is also used to educate students in cabinetmaking, architecture and design programs across Canada.

Students get a FREE NAAWS download!

To learn more about the NAAWS manual visit

To order manuals for your school, contact your regional Chapter.

National Contest for Apprentices and Students in Cabinetmaking

AWMAC’s annual National Contest for Apprentices and Students in Cabinetmaking gives a boost to the careers of new cabinetmakers.

Each Chapter who holds a contest for apprentices, students and recent graduates that are enrolled or have recently graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution’s cabinetmaking program.

Please contact your regional Chapter for more information on your Chapter’s upcoming contest.


Tailor-made learning sessions to give you the advantage

AWMAC’s FREE Lunch and Learn presentation is tailor-made for architectural and design firms and organizations that specify architectural woodwork for any millwork project. This one-hour presentation gives you and your co-workers the chance to learn about AWMAC’s Guarantee and Inspection Service (GIS) and AWMAC’s Standards manual – the North American Architectural Woodwork Standards (NAAWS), the two most helpful resources you will ever use when planning your millwork projects!

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