As the only specialist Awarding Organisation for the Glass Industries we are passionate and committed to giving the Industry the qualifications it needs.
The suite of Automotive Glazing qualifications developed by GQA have been used across the industry for many years with some of the best known names in the business and a large number of the smaller, independent Companies using them to benchmark the competence and knowledge of their Technicians, help show customers and potential customers how they upskill their Technicians and also satisfy the requirements of legislation such as BS10125.
The biggest change, and challenge, to the Automotive Glazing industry for many years has been the introduction of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to mainstream vehicles.
The importance of Automotive Glazing technicians understanding the technology involved and the need for calibration cannot be stressed too highly and what better way of proving this by achieving a nationally recognised qualification?
GQA were approached by a number of organisations including National Windscreens and Auto Windscreens to discuss the relevance of the qualifications and see how they could be updated to include ADAS technology.
Sean Hayes GQA Technical Manager, who, before joining GQA spent over 30 years in the Automotive Glazing industry said “It was quickly clear that there is no “one size” fits all” solution, all Technicians need to understand ADAS but not all will need to be able to carry out the actual calibration process.
Working with the Employers we found a solution and we have written 2 new units that have now been added to the GQA Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Automotive Glazing and the GQA Level 3 Certificate in Automotive Glazing.
The Technical Knowledge tests in the GQA Level 3 Award for Continued Competence in Automotive Glazing have all been updated to ensure ADAS knowledge is assessed. We feel the units encompass all of the key points of the recently produced ADAS Code of Practice but go further by ensuring knowledge of how the presence of ADAS can affect the feasibility of windscreen repair, a key part of the business for most Automotive Glazing Companies and something that had inexplicably been excluded from the Code of Practice”
The addition of these new units gives all Technicians working towards a GQA qualification the opportunity to prove they have the required knowledge and competencies to deal with ADAS during automotive glazing work.
Due to the flexibilities in GQA’s registration and certification system, Technicians who already hold a qualification can achieve either or both of these new units as stand-alone recognition without having to complete the full qualification again.
Here are just a few quotes from some of the people involved in the development of the new units and updating of GQA’s qualifications
Denis Reed, Compliance Manager for National Windscreens, said “Having worked with Sean and GQA for a number of years it was great to have a direct influence on keeping the qualifications current and fit for purpose. We have invested heavily in calibration equipment and training and seeing this recognised by a formal qualification will give our customers exactly what they want, proof of competence”Rob Roberts from National Windscreens preparing to calibrate
Kevin Wagg UK Compliance Manager for National Windscreens, said “At National Windscreens we are always keen to ensure our Technicians are equipped to meet the needs of our customers, GQA have been extremely receptive to our thoughts on the content of the units”
Tony Green, Technical & Innovation Manager for Auto Windscreens said “Technicians’ knowledge is one of our key priorities in keeping ahead of technology, the updated units in the GQA qualifications will ensure our Technicians awareness of ADAS and standards are constantly met across the business”
Ty Priestman, Automotive Glazing Assessor for private Training Provider IVS said” Being involved with GQA and representatives of some of the major Employers in the Automotive Glazing industry was very enjoyable and helped ensure the qualifications are suitable for all companies regardless of size”
Sean Hayes continued “As the specialist Glass Industry Awarding Organisation it is rewarding to be able to give the industry what it wants. The new units are only available through GQA and its Approved Centres, thereby recognising the input of these organisations by giving them the units and qualifications they need and making GQA qualifications, as always, at the forefront of what Industry needs.”