As I was developing the Education and Training plan for the National Glass Association, I was researching the environment in which we exist. I found many factors that could influence or have an effect on our curriculum and our courses.
One major concern for our members is compliance with a relatively new EPA ruling on the Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program. Essentially, I found that the EPA was certifying training providers to create and administer courses on the LRRP program. This was out of scope of what we could do with the resources we had, but it is something that could potentially be a big seller for the NGA and further its credibility and relevance as the knowledge hub for the flat glass industry. This curriculum, if developed and approved by the EPA, could also be a major source of income for the association and could generate even more memberships from the learner population.
There are many other glass-related trade associations and I found myself wondering how our association tied in with them. I was happy to hear that it was our CEO’s goal to foster relationships with those associations and partner with them on education and training projects, even though the process would likely be time consuming and politically sensitive. Other associations are more focused on technical issues relating to glass and our association was (is) in a good position to be the knowledge hub, with the support and technical expertise of the other associations.
I also researched the American Institute of Architects because they had a pretty robust education and training program and found that we could become an “AIA CES Registered Provider,” which I thought, similar to if we’d developed the LRRP program, would be a major source of networking and marketing and could improve the revenues generated by the education and training program.
Finally, I also wanted to partner with association members who already had robust training programs in-house as a potential source of content and materials. Thus far, we are working on partnering with the Australians, but I think there are other potential partnerships that could be mutually beneficial.