When you need to replace your vehicle's window or windshield, you can always drive to the location of an auto glass replacement specialist. To become an automotive glass technician, you need a high school diploma and a certificate in automotive glass repair and installation. Employers may not require certification, but it is available at trade schools and professional organizations such as the National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA). Training and certification can last from six months to a year. The NWRA offers two types of certifications: NWRD qualified repair technician and NWRD certified repair technician.
The former applies to technicians who have passed the NWRD repair technician exam but do not work for member companies of the AGSC or its NWRD division (for repairs only). The AGSC Automotive Glass Master Technician Certification Exam is an online exam consisting of 70 multiple-choice questions, with an average of 90 seconds per question. The AGSC Automotive Glass General Technician Certification Exam is also an online exam with 70 multiple-choice questions, allowing an average of 90 seconds per question. The NWRD certified repair technician applies to technicians who have passed the NWRD repair technician exam and who work for member companies of the AGSC or its NWRD division (repair only). Automotive glass technicians are specialized automotive workers who work exclusively on automotive glass in manufacturing facilities and repair shops.
Their job is to identify problems that threaten the structural integrity of this type of glass and then repair them. An automotive glass technician focuses exclusively on repairing, maintaining, and installing windows and windshields. Their job duties may include repairing and replacing vehicle windshields, rear windows, side windows, sunroofs, or other glass components. They also waterproof vehicle windows to withstand inclement weather. To be eligible for this exam, technicians must have 3 or more years in the automotive glass industry and be AGSC-certified automotive glass technicians.