The Stucco Manufacturers Association announces the availability of technical information on cracking in Portland cement plaster finishes and three-coat stucco. The SMA "Stucco Crack Policy" includes information on causes, prevention and remedies, and how to set consumer expectations about cracking. It is available through the Web site at

AWCI announces five years of EIFS programming

The Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industries announces the 5-year anniversary of its exterior insulation finish systems education and certificate program. More than 1,200 individuals have been certified during the first five years and additional programs have been developed as the industry utilizes the service.

Originally developed for generic education and certification for EIFS mechanics, the program expanded to meet the demand for the industry to certify independent inspectors, as well as industry professionals.

Education is provided through attendance at a two-day instructor-led seminar, or through a video and workbook format.