MACtac Graphic Products has announced the latest enhancement to its Application Nation graphics education platform, the Application Nation Authorized Installer program. The authorized program was created to provide certification for and visibility to professional installers who adhere to industry standard processes and systems for vehicle and architectural applications.
"Graphic applications not only require personal expertise and ongoing education, but also a higher level of dedication to continual improvement and acknowledgment for accreditation; this was one of the primary drivers behind the creation of the authorized installer program," said Jason Yard, marketing specialist, MACtac Graphic Products. "We are not selling a product with this program. We are building, through collaboration, a network of professionals who uphold standards and participate in the system of checks and balances that can lead to the formalization of processes for our entire industry."
MACtac is one of the few pressure-sensitive manufacturers to offer dedicated resources for applications, including the first to provide a dedicated Internet website, www.TheApplicationNation.com, to serve the installer community. MACtac is a sponsor and partner of the Professional Decal Application Alliance (PDAA), which is the recognized certification body for graphics applications.
Much of the criteria set forth by the PDAA's Master Certification process will be utilized as a basis for the Application Nation Authorized Installer program, furthering the idea of a uniform approach to standardization for the industry. Currently there are 10 authorized installers in the Application Nation Authorized Installer program, who will be featured on TheApplicationNation.com.
"As a leading supplier to the decorative graphics industry, MACtac is fortunate that through Application Nation we can provide an avenue to promote the companies that have proven themselves successful in the ever-changing application landscape," Yard added.
In 2007, MACtac took an industry-leading role in addressing all the factors involved in correctly applying, handling and removing pressure-sensitive graphics to vehicles, walls, floors, buildings, glass and other surfaces, with the introduction of Application Nation. Since then, MACtac has consistently launched additions to Application Nation, including traveling seminars, training videos, an online community and educational website, and now the authorized installer program.
"Industry installers can greatly benefit from obtaining authorized status with MACtac because they can showcase value through manufacturer support," Yard said. "Additionally, the authorization demonstrates to their peers that they are a trusted, educated installer with a high sense of professionalism and dedication."