AGMT beta test participants perform performance-based test tasks in Philadelphia.

The Architectural Glass and Metal Technician (AGMT) certification program traveled to Philadelphia recently to beta test its exam in a new region. The knowledge-based test (KBT) and performance-based test (PBT) portions were hosted by the Finishing Trades Institute (FTI) of Philadelphia.

The event is the second in a series of full beta tests the AGMT team has planned before the certification program goes live in 2019. Following beta testing in other geographical locations, the goal was to evaluate the program using a different environment and with additional experienced glazier participants.

Eighteen glaziers went through the test, all currently working in the greater Philadelphia area. The participants and their outcomes provided the AGMT team with data necessary to develop a scoring threshold.

FTI Architectural Metal & Glass Program coordinator Joe McGee helped coordinate the beta test.

“I believe strongly that certification is the best way to demonstrate competency in our trade and I am happy to see the development process culminating,” he said. “I look forward to the AGMT certification becoming an industry standard.”

Similarly, the AGMT team says it looks forward to continued success and preparing for official testing early in 2019. The next beta testing is scheduled for mid-January in Cleveland.