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Products and Services: Training and Certification

DQI USA REQUIRE THAT PURCHASERS OF DQI KEYS (TO ACCESS THE DQI DATABASE AND QUESTIONNAIRE) BE CERTIFIED TRAINED FACILITATORS.

For the purpose of certification, DQI USA offers day-long training sessions with no more than 20 trainees per session. Upon completion, all participants are granted DQI “Trailblazer” status, which provides proficiency in the current online version of the DQI. “Trailblazer” status is recognized on the international roster of certified DQI Facilitators worldwide.

Certification for “Trailblazers” is composed of the following elements:

ONE-DAY TRAINING SESSION FOR DQI TRAILBLAZER STATUS

DQI Trailblazers are professionals who are independent of a building project and facilitate client teams and their consultants using the DQI. Trailblazers are trained and certified by DQI USA to both facilitate the DQI process and interpret the outputs. This is not merely the name of a role in the DQI process, but an accreditation. DQI USA strongly recommends the use of a Trailblazer when applying the DQI.

Training Period:
One day of on-site training at a facility to be provided by DQI USA for up to 20 trainees per session to ensure that the trainees understand the scope and capabilities of the four versions of the DQI assessment tool. All trainees attend simultaneously and DQI USA is responsible for pre-organization of training session. The facility includes individual computers and online access for each trainee.

Training Materials:
DQI USA provides web-based materials, printed “course” collateral and guidelines for post-occupancy use and analysis using the DQI.

Respondent Selection:
The session conveys best practices on selecting and recruiting the appropriate respondents for a range of facilities to be assessed by trainees at various stages of procurement process.

Surveys:
DQI USA instruct trainees on how to administer the DQI online survey in a manner that yields the most robust and accurate data set possible.

Post-Survey Results:
DQI USA instructs trainees in understanding what the DQI results imply for a typical building or design under review.

Certification:
Trainees are granted “Trailblazer” status for the current version of the generic DQI. Trainees are invited to apply for an “upgrade” to full-status DQI Facilitator at any time in the future through additional training and certification.

Electronic Keys:
Post-training, all electronic keys (which provide access to the DQI tool) can be purchased in through DQI USA.

WHO SHOULD UNDERTAKE THIS COURSE?

DQI Trailblazers are usually construction professionals with a strong commitment to improving the design quality of buildings and a proven ability working with stakeholder groups especially during the briefing stages. Some professionals from other backgrounds such as education have also completed this course because they have acted as a construction client in their own right on a number of occasions.

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