How to Become a Glazier

Glaziers are workers that install and repair glass in all types of construction applications. Residential glaziers install windows in single-family homes, as well as installing and repairing other glass fixtures such as mirrors and shower doors. Commercial glaziers can perform work ranging from small interior applications like safety windows to large-scale projects like curtain walls and storefront windows. There are several ways to become a glazier, and choosing the best avenue for you will help you establish your career in glass installation.


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    Search for a glazing academic program in your area. Many community colleges and vocational schools offer programs in glazing, usually either certificate programs or associate's degrees. A program like this offers numerous advantages. It allows you to build the skills you will need as a glazier; it will improve your resume; it will also provide you with networking opportunities through your instructors (who will likely have construction industry experience) and any onsite class work. If you have no previous experience and can finance the program, this is an excellent first step on your career path.
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    Get any related certifications you can. Before applying for a job with a construction firm, there are several certifications you can get to improve your resume. Courses in construction safety will make you a more attractive candidate for a glazier position; in the United States, the most appropriate certification is the OSHA 10-hour course. In addition, taking a course in first aid or CPR is a good idea, as these skills are very useful on construction sites due to the high risk of injury.
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    Apply for a glazier's assistant position with a contracting company. Regardless of any prior certification, your first position as a glazier will be as a helper to an experienced glazier. Browse job listings posted by construction firms in your area; in addition, go to their websites and see if they have available positions listed there. Make sure the firm you apply to offers on-the-job training, which is the most common way for entry-level glaziers to become competent professionals.
    • Because residential glazing is often less complex than commercial projects, residential contractors may be more willing to hire entry-level workers.
    • Most work on commercial projects is handled through specialized subcontractors, so if you want a career in commercial glazing you should apply to work for a glazing contractor.
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    Search for a formal apprenticeship program. Some employers and trade unions offer formal apprenticeship programs. These programs last for several years and combine onsite training with classroom instruction. You will be paid for your time in the apprenticeship just as you would as an employee, and you will leave with a valuable certification and numerous industry contacts. Apprenticeships are an excellent way to begin a glazing career, but they are limited and extremely competitive. Only a small number of glaziers are able to begin their career this way.
    • Because glazing apprenticeships are so limited, you may need to relocate to pursue one.
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    Pursue any advanced certifications available. After gaining some experience as a glazier, additional certification will allow you to build your career more quickly. In the United States, the National Glass Association offers 3 levels of written exams that attest to a glazier's competency. Taking these exams will boost your resume and help you advance your glazing career.


  • In the U.S., almost all states have no licensing requirements for glaziers.

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