What started as a simple idea more than two years ago, the Architectural Glass & Metal Technician (AGMT) Certification Program has just graduated its inaugural class of 177 glaziers from around North America.
The program will yield benefits not only to the trainees but to participants throughout the construction process:
- Demonstrates a commitment to quality for glazing companies that employ certified installers
- Signifies a glazing technician's level of knowledge and expertise
- Elevates employer, customer, and supplier confidence
- Drives long-term improvements to the glazing company’s bottom line as the likelihood of installer error is reduced
This intensive certification stretches beyond a single day or test. Candidates must meet a number of prerequisites, including 7,500 hours of glazing experience within 5 years.
After that, they must pass the third-party assessment which covers the glazier’s knowledge and hands-on skills in 7 key categories:
- Glazing Theory
- Tools & Equipment
- Documents & Layouts
- Glass & Panels
- Sealants & Gaskets
- QC & Failure Prevention
Technicians must prove their ability to perform fundamental glazing procedures and be proficient in all areas of glazing such as storefront, curtain wall, safety, sealing and more. Administrative Management Systems (AMS, Inc.) conducts the independent testing and is a leader in the glass and fenestration industry for program certification and product compliance testing.
Collaboration as the Foundation for Success
The AGMT Certification Program was developed with the help of individuals across disciplines and organizations to address the shortage of highly skilled glaziers. Steering committees from the three major segments of the industry- Glaziers, User Community, and Glazing Contractors- were instrumental in establishing the program’s model, scope and direction.
“Together we are raising the bar for the Glazing Industry.” said Jeff Dalaba of the North American Contractor Certification Program (NACC), AGMT, and AMS, Inc. This collaborative effort aligns well with the program’s sponsor, the Architectural Glass and Metal Certification Council (AGMCC), a non-profit organization aimed at bettering the contract glazing industry through certification programs.
As the industry changes, the program will continue to produce well-rounded talent capable of adapting to the inevitable new challenges. The certification is valid for 4 years, so it will be crucial that technicians stay up to date on relevant trends in order to qualify and pass the necessary exams. Ultimately, the mission of AGMT is “to validate that an experienced Architectural Glass and Metal Technician has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform work in a manner that will minimize defects and failures and conform to customer requirements”. If we wish to improve the quality of the output of the glazing industry, we cannot forget the value of this program as it gains momentum in the years ahead.
For more information about the Architectural Glass & Metal Technician Certification Program, visit their website at https://agmtprogram.com