The Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC) Board of Directors came together Tuesday afternoon at the start of Auto Glass Week™ 2013 and a key focus on their agenda was adding the option of continuing education for technicians seeking recertification.
Jeff Olive, technical training manager for Glasspro, and Dale Malcolm, technical manager for Dow Automotive Systems’ aftermarket division, representing the AGSC Education Committee, stepped before the board to propose offering technicians a chance to earn 18 credits in continuing education to qualify for recertification by the group. Technicians would have three years to gain these credits and can only earn 12 credits in a year’s time. Continuing education would take the place of retaking the exam. However, taking the test to recertify would remain an option.
“We would rather technicians recertify through training,” said Olive. “They must have originally passed the test to qualify. After three years they must retake or pass test again or, as we propose, they can recertify through continuing credits. … We would like to get the board’s approval on this.”
Training offered by adhesive manufacturers would be just one example of what a continuing education course could entail. The education committee is looking to put general recertification guidelines in place and then hopes industry professionals will submit proposals for continuing education courses that could qualify.
Olive and Malcolm suggested that technicians be required to retain certificates for each training course they complete and send these into the AGSC Education Committee as proof of that the continuing educations requirements were met for recertification. The committee is still finalizing how the AGSC will keep records.
After some discussion, the proposal was approved by the board.
During the AGSC Education Committee meeting the next day, the group proposed a simple form a company or group can fill out to propose a course. The form would be sent into the committee and the group would have 10 days to throw a red flag or request more information on the course.
Olive pointed out that the committee would not be approving course content, it is just registering courses, allotting them a registration number and keeping a list of these on the association site. The group will be looking to industry professionals and companies to propose courses that could qualify.
“Without a big bank of content, this thing dies,” Malcolm pointed out. He stressed that the committee’s goal should be to make registering a course as simple as possible.
This opened some discussion over how to decide credits allotted for individual courses and the committee moved forward with a tentative first deadline of January 1, 2014, for new guidelines.
Auto Glass Week is being held at the Tampa Convention Center and Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina this week. It continues through Friday. Stay tuned to www.glassBYTEs.com™ for the latest from the event throughout the week.