The Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC) will hold regional training courses next March in Irvine, Calif., and two courses in April in Long Island, N.Y. In addition, a previously announced course will be held in October in Baltimore, as part of Auto Glass Week™.
The training is free to technicians who work for AGSC Registered Member Companies and available to non-Registered Member Companies at a small charge.
The Baltimore course will run from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on October 9. After the course, participants are encouraged to view the Automotive Glass Technician Competition from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The certification exam will then be conducted from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The course in Irvine will be held at the Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center as part of Glass Expo West™. The course will be conducted on Saturday, March 21, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and the exam will be given from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Long Island courses will be held at the Hyatt Regency Long Island Hotel, April 23-24, as part of Glass Expo Northeast. The first course and exam will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on April 23. Then, on April 24, a second (repeated) course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and the certification exam will be conducted from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The cost for technicians who do not work for AGSC Registered Member Companies is $49. Also, as a special incentive, companies that become AGSC Registered Member Companies by the date of the training can sign their technicians up onsite to take the training and test for free (the $49 will be credited back once deducted from the total AGSC registration fees).
All fees include both the training and examination.
Standards committee chair and industry expert Bob Beranek, president of Automotive Glass Consultants in Sun Prairie, Wis., is teaching the courses.
“We felt that if we could help the technicians pass the certification exam it would help the industry in two ways,” says Beranek. “It would increase the number of certified technicians, which would give the consumer more confidence in our replacements, and we could improve the knowledge the technician needs to perform competently.”