Career: Glazier





Mechanic carrying car window, view through glass

Which is needed- University, College or an Apprenticeship- to enter this field?:


What is it? :

A Glazier is a construction professional who measures, handles, cuts, prepares, installs and repairs all types of glass, mirrors and glass substitutes, typically in buildings or on the exterior walls of buildings.  Glaziers also install aluminum storefront frames and entrances, glass handrails and balustrades, shower enclosures, curtain wall framing and glass and mirror walls.

Daily activities include:

Handling and Moving Objects– Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

Performing General Physical Activities– Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

What qualifications are needed for admission?

people employed as glaziers should have good mathematical and mechanical skills, as well as an analytical approach to problem-solving, physical strength, manual dexterity and good hand-eye coordination.  Additional skills include an ability to read and interpret drawings and code specifications. Although glaziers do not have to be computer experts they should be computer literate and be able to work efficiently with hand tools. Glaziers should be able to work alone as well as a member of a team. Those who install or retrofit glass in homes or businesses must be neat and able to deal with customers courteously. To remain competitive in this field, it is essential that workers be willing to continually upgrade their skills. Apprentices must be at least 18 year old, have a high school diploma or its equivalent and be physically able to do the work required by this occupation. Unions and contractor associations often sponsor apprenticeship programs. Contact the local union that represents glaziers in your area or see the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades’ Apprenticeship Directory for a list of training opportunities sponsored by that organization.

Canadian institutions and the qualifications they grant?

The glazing apprenticeship process requires time spent on the job and in school training. An glazing trainee must complete a four (4) year program including 6,000 workplace hours and 1,200 in-school hours of training. After completion of training, a passing grade on the Inter-provincial exam will result in the BC Certificate of Apprenticeship, BC Certificate of Qualification, and the Inter-provincial Standard Endorsement, also known as Red Seal.

Industrial associations and their professional certifications?

Inter-provincial Red Seal

the  Canadian Glass Association membership


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