The Auto Glass Safety Council, the Independent Glass Association and the National Windshield Repair Association have signed an agreement consolidating the industry’s technician certification program into one each for repair and one for replacement.
Effective October 1, the Independent Glass Association’s auto glass replacement technician certification program will be absorbed into the Auto Glass Safety Council’s program. Its repair certification program will become part of the National Windshield Repair Association Repair Technician’s program. IGA members will be grandfathered into the program and receive discounted rates at renewal time.
“It made sense to have one robust certification program for the industry and to have AGSC administer it for replacement,” said Matt Bailey, IGA president. “NWRA will do the same for repair. It’s one more way in which the industry’s main groups are cooperating with each other and recognizing individuals who do work properly.”
“We are pleased that IGA’s certified technicians will now become AGSC-certified as well,” said AGSC education co-chair Jeff Olive. “It is important that the industry have one repository for certification testing and records.”
“We are delighted as well,” said Dave Casey, chair of NWRA’s education committee. “AGSC and NWRA have had reciprocal certification agreements in place for quite a while. It will benefit the industry to include IGA as well.”
The program changes take effect October 1.
Bailey said IGA members will receive a fact sheet about the changes as their certification comes up for renewal.