Auto Glass Apprenticeship Program Includes AGSC Certification

May 10, 2024

The Fix Network Apprenticeship Program (FNAP) just produced its first graduate. The company-wide auto glass apprenticeship program requires apprentices to pass the Auto Glass Safety Council’s (AGSC) Certified Technician test in addition to FNAP testing.

The program is available in Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Montana, and it offers an efficient path for people to become certified auto glass technicians. The Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council approved the program in January, and FNAP is in the process of expanding the program to New Mexico, Arizona and Alaska.

Gabriel Duran, FNAP’s first graduate, was a new dad and struggling financially when he found his way to the program through a nonprofit organization called TC Futures.

“I was living couch to couch, trying to finish my GED, when I connected with TC Futures to find a trade opportunity,” said Duran. “They introduced me to this opportunity with Speedy Glass USA, which perfectly fits my interest in working with cars and trucks. Thanks to the training and support provided through FNAP, I am now a certified auto glass technician, and I’m confident I have a bright future in this industry.”

The folks at Speedy Glass USA seem to agree.

“Gabe is one of the hardest workers we’ve ever had at Speedy Glass Kennewick, and that’s high praise when you consider the strength of our current team,” said Jennifer Curbow, the performance compliance and implementation manager for Speedy Glass. “We’ve enjoyed watching him learn and grow and are pleased to celebrate his graduation from the apprenticeship. We look forward to what his position at Speedy Glass Kennewick holds for him.”

FNAP apprentices get 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training supervised by journeyperson-level auto glass technicians. The program also provides apprentices with paid supplementary in-person or remote lessons, training seminars, industry conferences and a benefits package.

Apprentices are trained in windshield repair processes, auto glass replacement, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) calibration, diagnostics and troubleshooting, cost estimate preparation and auto glass tools and technology. In addition to the AGSC Certified Technician test, apprentices must pass a thorough assessment created by FNAP.

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