The Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC) is working toward harmonization of its Registered Member Company program and its Certified Auto Glass Technician program.
It’s a logical progression for an organization that began by accrediting companies, and four years ago expanded into a technician certification program.
“Since that time, members have expressed a desire for AGSC to harmonize both programs,” says AGSC president Debra Levy. “Right now, a company can be an AGSC Registered Member Company, yet have no AGSC-certified technicians. Conversely, a company could have all its technicians AGSC-accredited, yet not be an AGSC Registered Member Company.”
At the member meeting in October 2015, AGSC announced its intention to harmonize the programs by December 31, 2018.
This means that all Registered Member Companies will be required to have all their technicians certified by AGSC by December 15, 2018. In an effort to help companies complete this task, AGSC will soon offer free online training to employees of all Registered Member Companies. “This multi-module program can be accessed by your technicians via the web at no charge,” says Levy. “So if you don’t have your own training program, or if you want to supplement it, you will be able to do so at no charge.”
New technicians of Registered Member Companies will be required to be certified within one year of their hire date. If the technician is AGSC Qualified or AGSC Certified when hired, then he/she will be still be considered certified at your company.
“There will be a number of benefits as AGSC expands its message to say ‘By using an AGSC Registered Member Company you can be assured all technicians are AGSC-certified,’” says Levy. “We will also be able to expand our message to fleet, insurance and governmental entities.”
As part of this program, AGSC also is adjusting its audit program so that effective December 1, 2019, auditors will audit a random number of your technicians equal to the square root of the number of technicians your company employs. “If your company has one technician, that one tech will be audited,” says Levy. “If you have four technicians, two will be audited. If you have 100 technicians, ten will be audited. This should greatly speed up the audit process.”
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