Apprenticeship involves both classroom studies and on-the-job training under the supervision of a certified Glazier, called a journeyperson.
As an apprentice, you earn while you learn and are paid by the hour while working on the job site. Wages start at about 55 per cent of a journeyperson’s hourly rate and increase during your apprenticeship until you reach the full rate.
Entering an apprenticeship program
Requirements for glazier apprenticeship programs vary across Canada. In most provinces and territories, you must have a Grade 9 education or equivalent to enter a glazier apprenticeship program.
Some provinces and territories offer secondary school apprenticeship programs that allow high school students to work towards a career as a Glazier.
Apprenticeship training programs for glaziers vary across Canada, but generally involve four 12-month periods, including at least 6,480 hours of on-the-job training, four six-week blocks of technical training and a final certificate exam.
Related work experience or completion of a glazier program at a college or technical institute can reduce the time required to complete your apprenticeship.
Certification is required in Quebec, and is available but voluntary in all other provinces and territories. Even where certification is voluntary, it is still recommended, as it tells employers and other workers that you are a skilled professional and it also helps you get jobs.
To be certified as a Glazier, you usually need to complete a four-year apprenticeship program. Once you successfully complete the required on-the-job training, technical training and exams, you are awarded a journeyperson certificate.
You may be eligible for certification in some provinces and territories if you have more than four years of on-the-job experience and some high school, college or industry courses for glaziers.
As a certified Glazier you may write the Interprovincial Exam to qualify for the Interprovincial Standards’ Red Seal. With a Red Seal, you can work as a Glazier anywhere in Canada.
To keep their skills current, Glaziers must keep up with new technologies by reading and speaking with others in their field.