Educating for Excellence: AGSC Technician Training and Intermountain Jobbers Open House

On March 9, the Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) held a live training session in conjunction with an open house at Intermountain Jobbers in Clearfield, Utah.

Travis Crebs demonstrates how to replace a windshield.

Several technicians took part in the training and are now eligible to take the AGSC certification test online at no additional charge. The open house included a presentation from Benson Auto Glass about the latest in its products as well as a windshield replacement by Travis Crebs and a recalibration demonstration by Jose Gomez. A representative from Launch Tech demonstrated the company’s system for the recalibration.

According to Peter Brown, an AGSC board member who attended the entire event, about 50 people attended the open house.  Jacques Navant, technical director for Don’s Mobile Glass and an AGSC board member, lead the AGSC technician certification training.

“The AGSC training session was fantastic, there were a lot of good questions, and we were using new material so it was a new experience for everyone involved,” Navant said.

Brown said the event raised awareness for what the AGSC is and does.

The five technicians who attended the AGSC certification training asked good questions, Jacques Navant (pictured fourth from the left) said.

“They know who it is, they know what it’s about, but they’re still not sure if it’s for them or not,” Brown said. “With the education that Jacques provided, people (better) understood what the Auto Glass Safety Council was about.”

David Leach, chief operating officer of Don’s Mobile Glass, was one of the driving forces behind the event. He said both the open house and AGSC training emphasized an important attitude that has blossomed in the auto glass industry.

“It accented the fact that the guys in the industry want to learn,” Leach said. “There’s a ton of interest in calibration, in doing things right, in getting training. These guys gave up their Saturday to drive in and learn about the trade.”

Navant said he was also pleased that technicians and shop owners travelled from other states to attend the event on what he termed a “not-so-nice weather Saturday.”

The next AGSC Spring technician certification training session will be held March 20 in conjunction with Glass Expo Northeast in Long Island, New York. Like the Utah session, it will contain a review course that provides participants with the knowledge needed to take the AGSC certification test. Participants must pre-register for the sessions, which are free for technicians from AGSC registered member companies and $39 for non-member company technicians. Each participant may then sit for the AGSC certification test there or take the test online within a month at no additional charge.

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