The Architectural Glass and Metal Technician (AGMT) has added a Spanish version of its Knowledge-based Test (KBT). The test will be available anytime the English test is administered.

The updated AGMT program will open certification opportunities to more glaziers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Photo courtesy of Jeff Dalaba.

Officials say the Spanish test allows bilingual glaziers to overcome reading comprehension and writing language barriers. The updated KBT will also open certification opportunities to more glaziers throughout the U.S. and Canada. District Council 36 glazier coordinator and former glazing foreman Mike S. Galstaun estimates that 80% of glaziers in Southern California speak Spanish.

“Translating the test was important because there are many glaziers with the knowledge, skills and abilities to earn AGMT certification who were intimidated by testing in English,” says Scott Kennett, AGMT program manager. “Removing that barrier is a big step forward in ensuring that a wider segment of the glazing population has access to the AGMT certification program.”

Experienced architectural glass and metal technicians and glaziers earn AGMT certification by passing the written KBT and a hands-on Performance-Based Test. Field conditions require bilingual glaziers to read and interpret drawings and instructions in English. As such, the PBT did not require translation. However, the KBT requires the ability to read and answer detailed questions; translation helps ensure comprehension by a wider audience.

“Since 2021, glaziers have been asking for a test in Spanish,” says Galstaun. “The program has made it happen in less than two years. We can open more doors and facilitate more certifications with the Spanish test. Glaziers are super excited.”

Globalization Partners International (GPI) translated the Spanish version. GPI is an ISO 17100:2015 certified translation service provider certified to ISO/IEC 27001:2013 for information security management.

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