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The concept for accreditation, which could be promoted by those companies and individuals achieving such recognition, received overwhelming support in an MIA survey a year ago. A large majority of respondents said they favored industry standards for competency and certification, and felt that there would be advantages for companies that became accredited.
â€œIt was a great meeting and an outstanding start to what we're trying to accomplish,â€ said Scott C. Lardner, president of MIA. â€œThough there is much to do before MIA accreditation becomes a reality, we are on the right track, which hopefully will lead us to introduce the program next year.
â€œThe Task Force identified the purpose of MIA accreditation as promoting excellence in the natural stone industry and then recognizing organizations demonstrating compliance with quality standards,â€ explained Mickie Rops, an established and recognized credentialing consultant working with MIA. â€œ[The goal is] that the public values, has access to, and benefits from consistent, competent and safe fabrication, installation and sale of natural stone.â€
Four major goals for accreditation include:
Lardner said that during the next several months, the task force would undertake additional research, including conducting focus group interviews with, and discussing the concept with, kitchen and bath dealers and architects at their respective trade show. For more information, visit the Institute's Web site at www.marble-institute.com.