Do You Have What It Takes to be a Master Technician?

The Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation (IDEA) introduced the Master Tech program in 2013 to promote an elite class of technicians who earn certifications in all of the following disciplines:
  • Residential Installation
  • Commercial Sectional Door Systems
  • Commercial Rolling Door System
  • Rolling Steel Fire Doors

Individuals who are issued all four of the certifications are automatically granted Master Technician status, without any additional fees.  The status remains in effect as long as the four individual certifications remain current.

For more information contact Debra Welhener at or (937) 698-1027.

Connect With IDEA on Facebook

Check out and ‘Like’ the Institute of Door DealerEducation & Accreditation (IDEA) Facebook page.   It was created in 2011 and since then has been chronicling the achievements of those who have stepped forward to claim recognition for their special talents and knowledge of the industry through IDEA certification testing programs.   IDEA travels the US to bring certification and accreditation opportunities to individuals and companies alike.  According to IDEA staff, the ‘hottest’ certification programs right now are Rolling Steel Fire Door Technician Certification and the Automated Gate Operator Installer Certification.    Find out what’s involved in taking these exams by visiting and clicking on Certification and Accreditation under the Industry tab.

Changes for UL 325 for Gate Operators

Started on January 12, 2016, new UL 325 changes have taken effect, bringing a series of new mandates for the gate operator industry.  For a quick guide to the key modifications, click here. (December issue, page 77 and 78)

Installers need to understand the new requirements and ensure that the products are installed in accordance with the instructions and local codes. This may include installing external devices that are new or different from ones used in the past.

Since external entrapment protection devices must be monitored, installers need to ensure that the proper number and types of devices are installed.