Proposed Louisiana Licensing Bill Sets Repair, Replacement
Yesterday's announcement that the Louisiana state legislature is considering
a bill that would require the licensure of all auto glass repair and replacement
technicians in the state caught some glassBYTES readers by surprise.
Upon further research, we bring you what requirements and changes the
bill would induce if passed by the state Senate and approved by the governor.
House Bill 259 outlines the requirements for licensure of both auto glass
repair and replacement technicians. A repair tech seeking licensure would
be required to be at least 18 years old, have at least an eighth-grade
education, complete the Auto Glass Technical Institute (AGTI) training
developed by the National Glass Association (NGA) or have worked as a
trainee for one year, performing at least 200 auto glass repairs, have
passed the NGA national exam for repair, and complete the application
process, which will include a fee of $50.
Auto glass replacement technicians will be required to meet the same requirements;
the only difference would be that if an auto glass replacement technician
does not complete the AGTI training, the mandated one-year apprenticeship
does not have a minimum number of installations to complete before application.
The fee for an auto glass replacement license will be $75.
As the bill currently requires the licensure of each technician individually
and not shops as a whole, the anticipated additional cost can run as high
as $2000 plus, per technician. For example, the cost for a non-NGA member
replacement technician to take the AGTI training course and become licensed
in Louisiana would be approximately $1970. To this, a shop could still
reasonably be expected to pay $150 to become AGRSS-certified, a fair consideration
for shop owners given that the bill also would enforce the AGRSS Standard.
If a shop were to decide to become an NGA member, it would cost an additional
$275 or more, depending on annual shop income.
If passed, all auto glass technicians in Louisiana will have to be licensed
by January 1, 2007, and renew their licenses annually.
The bill also creates the establishment of a commission to oversee state
licensure of technicians working on auto glass in any manner. Among the
duties of the commission is the "enforcement" of the Auto Glass
Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS).
CLICK HERE to read the language of House Bill 259 as it has been sent
to the Louisiana state Senate for approval.
The bill is pending Senate referral. Assignment to a committee is expected
to take place at the next session, Monday, April 24, 2006.
Stay tuned to glassBYTES for more information on the status of the bill
as it becomes available.