The Architectural Glass and Metal Certification Council (AGMCC), along with the Architectural Glass and Metal Technician (AGMT) and North American Contractor Certification (NACC), concluded its annual meeting on October 28 at the Hilton President in Kansas City, Mo. The meeting was held in a hybrid format to accommodate in-person and virtual participants. The last time members gathered in-person was in Dallas in 2019.

“Overall, we accomplished what we needed to as far as our agenda and we’re able to take care of some business… So overall, it was a pretty big success and it was great to try to do a hybrid meeting,” says Scott Kennett, program manager.

“There’s really no substitute for face-to-face conversation,” Ben Beeler, consultant and technical director at NACC, adds.

One of the most significant outcomes from the gathering was recognizing the growth the organizations are experiencing.

“NACC has added a number of contractors in this last year, we expect to reach probably 60+ next year. We’ve had to add additional auditors to handle the volume of annual audits that we’re having to conduct,” says Beeler.

AGMT expects to reach 600 certified glaziers in December, and then next year’s schedule is filling up, according to Kennett.

Kennett also provided a testing update.

“For NACC, currently 45 contractors are certified–we had one gain their certification the week of the meeting… That means 12 more contractors have come into NACC this year. So that’s by far and away, the biggest change in a single year,” he said. “Five more contractors that are new have completed their assessment and are working on their corrective actions. So, it’s very possible we’ll be at 50 by December or January. And then there’s another 15 or so that are in progress, and that’s why we’re very confident 60 is a number we will surpass next year.”

In AGMT, there are 524 certified glaziers, with the written test pass rate being over 90%. The hands-on portion has a pass rate of about 75% for those taking it for the first time, says Kennett.

The next AGMCC meeting is scheduled for October 26-27, 2022, in Denver.