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“I am so happy to be a founding member of the UASG. Not only because it is an industrywide group that has raised the standards for decal installation, but mainly because of its people... our members. They make our group what it is. I'm proud of them.”
Samuel R Twomey
The Mad Striper, LLC
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What is the UASG?
The UASG stands for United Application Standards Group. It is the country's leading group of professional graphic installers - proven and tested to be the best in the business. The UASG has distinguished itself by being the first organization of its kind to require every decal installer to meet high standards of professionalism and installation skill.
How are the UASG and 3M connected?
For ten years, the UASG has worked closely with 3M Commercial Graphics Division to administer the 3M Certified Graphics Installation Company program. You must be a UASG member in good standing to be eligible to qualify as a 3M Certified Graphics Installation Company.
Who can obtain membership in the UASG?
Every member is a legally formed company that has been in business for a minimum of three years, and has successfully met the criteria as a business and an installer to participate.
What size companies participate in the UASG?
Each company that is a member employs at least one full time installer. Many have larger installation staffs, and most have administrative staff as well.
Are UASG members insured?
Every member must show proof of insurance when they submit their application, and again every year as they renew their membership.
How does the UASG determine the membership eligibility of a company?
The UASG has personally visited every member's business to view their operations and installation practices as part of the membership process.
How does the UASG ensure the installers' skills meet the necessary standards?
The UASG members have gone to 3M headquarters in St. Paul, MN and passed both a hands on and written test. The structure and scoring of the program have been reviewed by ISO.
How do I follow up on orders I place later?
UASG installers keep detailed job records including VIN numbers, warranty information, and photographs to document their work.
What is the "Code of Conduct" by which these installers operate?
The UASG outlines a Code of Conduct by which its members are held accountable, and are to adhere to fair and honest business practices. Members understand that back soliciting is prohibited and upholding not only their reputation, but the reputation of those they serve is expected.
Are UASG members installers only or do any of the have printing capabilities?
The firms represented by the UASG are all "for-hire" installers. Some do have the capability to produce and manufacturer, while others provide only installation labor. All of our members are willing and able to offer only installation services for resale.
What kinds of jobs can a UASG member help me complete?
UASG installers are able to install graphic films for a variety of applications. They can provide experienced application services for vehicle wraps, vehicle decals, trailer and fleet graphics, bus wraps, window decals, wall graphics, boat wraps, and just about anything graphic film will adhere too.
What about removal of vinyl graphics?
The companies in the UASG can also provide removal of decals and wraps, including the necessary expertise, chemicals, and equipment to do so efficiently.
Are there other installations UASG companies can perform besides vinyl graphics?
Many graphic installers that participate in the UASG are also able to install general signage, banners, and displays in addition to adhesive graphic films.
Can an UASG installer help me set up the project so that it goes smoothly?
UASG members can provide site surveys to measure, photograph, and assess project sites.
Is the client responsible for providing the equipment we need to install their project or is my company responsible?
Most UASG members will provide scaffolding, aerial lifts, lighting, and other equipment if necessary.
Do I need to have a facility in order to install vehicle wraps?
Most UASG members have climate controlled facilities if needed or are willing to travel on site if necessary.
I have clients that need work done after hours and on weekends, is this possible?
With dedicated installation staffs, most UASG members can help with larger volume projects, rush orders, and after hours / weekend installations.
Where can I go to look for a UASG member?
Our members are located throughout the United States and can be found by visiting the UASG website
IRS Determination - Employee or Sub-contractor?
Under common-law rules, anyone who performs services for you is your employee if you have the right to control what will be done and how it will be done. This is so even when you give the employee freedom of action. What matters is that you have the right to control the details of how the services are performed. For a discussion of facts that indicate whether an individual providing services is an independent contractor or employee, see section 2. If you have an employer-employee relationship, it makes no difference how it is labeled. The substance of the relationship, not the label, governs the worker's status. It does not matter whether the individual is employed full time or part time.