A glazier works on the performance-based portion of the exam.

The Architectural Glass and Metal Technician (AGMT) certification program continued beta testing the knowledge-based (KBT) and performance-based (PBT) portions of its certification exam. Team members spent the week in San Leandro, Calif., administering, grading and analyzing the latest versions of the KBT and PBT.

San Leandro is the most recent testing location for this process. A total of 12 candidates were tested, each participating in both portions. The participants ranged in age and experience, some in the very first years of their glazing careers and others with more than 35 years’ experience in the industry.

Ben Saylor, a glazing instructor in San Leandro, observed the beta test.

“I believe this test will give an accurate assessment of the required skill necessary to safely and efficiently complete glazing projects and tasks. For the future endeavors of this field it is essential that we combat the inconsistency in the installation of glazing systems,” says Saylor.

The test site and candidates provided constructive insight for the AGMT team, helping them understand both what is working and what could be improved. The purpose of beta testing is to evaluate the status of the test and prepare it for official certification use.. Individual exam results met anticipated time and performance targets—serving as validation that the exam is operating as designed, according to the release, which added that  candidate feedback has been positive and encouraging, with many candidates saying that the exam is both fair and an accurate depiction real-world glazing tasks.

To complete the final phase of development, AGMT is planning to beta test in other locations across North America before officially rolling the program out to the glazier population.