A glazier certification summit was held earlier this month in Las Vegas, facilitated by Administrative Management Systems Inc. (AMS) and sponsored by the Finishing Trades Institute (FTI). The summit featured more than 50 participants representing architectural glass and metal contractors, manufacturers, insurance carriers and industry consultants.

Several subjects were discussed, including the potential of personnel certification as a tool to elevate training, competency and industry standards, according to a release from AMS. Additionally, the group began assessing possible paths for a program.

“I was thrilled to be a part of the summit,” says Anton Ruesing, director of FTI International. “Anytime industry stakeholders get together and take off the hats they wear daily, for the purpose of benefiting the industry as a whole, it is a good thing.”

The group evaluated key components that may be included in a certification program to create the best possible outcome for projects to deliver customer expectations, including specifications and performance.

“We are very excited to be a part of a discussion on an industry-wide, nation-wide program that will formally recognize the tradecraft of glaziers,” says Oregon-based Dallas Glass president Darand Davies, who participated in the event. “Ultimately, we want the work we provide to our customers to be of the utmost quality. Our reputation as [a glazing contractor] is based on quality and skill, and raising the bar of certification for our glaziers is key.”

According to a release from AMS, it will begin the task of compiling the ideas and concepts from the summit to model potential paths forward for the certification initiative.