AGGA accredited members are skilled tradespeople who undergo training and testing of their knowledge of the Australian Standard for Selection and Installation of Glass in Buildings (AS1288).
These installers are skilled tradespeople who have agreed to a set code of conduct and who have qualified to apply an AGGA certification label to any laminated safety glazing undertaken.
A National Approach
As of the 1st of July 2010, there has been some changes to the Australian Glass & Glazing Association’s AS:1288 Competency & Accreditation Program.
These changes have been devised by the AGGA and your state associations to establish the process of a nationalised approach, making it easier for participants to tender for jobs interstate or move to a new place of employment.
Who Can Get Involved?
The AS:1288 National Competency Program is open to all individuals. The aim of this is to encourage the whole industry to be more proficient in the operation of AS:1288.
The AS:1288 Accreditation Program is open only to AGGA members who have a competent glazier in their employ. This entitles the accredited company to purchase glass labels from AGGA that bear the AGGA logo and state your company’s accreditation number, strengthening your company’s reputation as achieving best practice. An AGGA accreditation number shows your customers and regulators that you commit to the highest glass and glazing code that currently exists in this country.
Competency and Accreditation – What’s the Difference and How Does It Work?
Competency is for individuals – there is no requirement to be an AGGA member. Upon successful completion of the competency exam a competency identification card will be to be issued stating the glazier's name, competency number, validity date and issuing AGGA state. From this point forward,
- A competent glazier does not need to re-sit the exam unless he or she is the nominated glazier for an accredited company or there is an amendment to AS1288
- And, where a competent glazier is the nominated glazier for an accredited member company, then he or she must re-sit the AS1288 exam every three years. From July 1, 2010 one years' grace period will be provided for each competent glazier who must re-sit the exam.
Accreditation is for companies – there is an absolute requirement that
- The company must be a financial member of an AGGA State Association
- And at least one person must be employed who holds a current competency certificate. Where a competent glazier is the nominated glazier for an accredited member company then he or she must re-sit the AS1288 exam every 3 years.
Photographic Identification Cards
The introduction of photographic identification cards for the competent glazier will change the way the building industry and consumers relate to glass and glazing. Produce your photo ID when walking on to a job site, quoting a job for a prospective client or when dealing with building inspectors. Show your existing and potential client bases that you adhere to best practice.
How Do I Get Involved?
It’s easy! Contact your local AGGA state branch by clicking here