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April 15, 2002

Connecticut to License Auto & Flat Glaziers

Licensing to become effective January 1, 2003



The following is the licensing details from the State of Connecticut. There are also applications (in PDF format) available on line at their website.

NEW LICENSE TYPES – “Glaziers” - AUTOMOTIVE AND FLAT GLASS WORK

Department of Consumer Protection
Occupational & Professional Licensing Division
165 Capitol Avenue
Hartford CT 06106
Telephone: (860) 713-6135
Fax: (860) 713-7230

Email: occprotrades@po.state.ct.us
Web Site Address: www.dcp.state.ct.us/licensing

*NOTE: You will find applications for “Automotive and Flat Glass work” on the above website. They will appear under the term “Glaziers” on the Occupational Trades section of the site.

Effective January 1st , 2003 as used within Chapter 393, section 20-330 of the Connecticut General Statutes.

"Automotive glass work" means installing, maintaining or repairing fixed glass in motor vehicles;

"Flat glass work" means installing, maintaining or repairing glass in residential or commercial structures.

Licensing Term and Renewal
Licenses for Contractors and Jouneypersons in “Automotive and Flat Glass Work” will become effective on January 1st , 2003, and will expire on the 31st day of August and must be renewed yearly thereafter to maintain such license status. (The license period will be September 1st – August 31st ).

(1) AG-1 unlimited contractor's license for automotive glass work

Before January 1st, 2003, an unlimited contractor's license for automotive glass work may be issued to any person who has served as a journeyman in the trade for which such person seeks a license for not less than three years and in addition shall also include two years of apprenticeship related training. If such service as a Contractor and journeyman was outside this state, has furnished evidence satisfactory to the examining board for automotive glass work and flat glass work that such service is comparable to similar service in this state, and (B) has furnished satisfactory evidence of education and experience.

Proof of your contracting Business, permits, tax ID, client and supplier reference letters
Copy’s of School Certificates, Transcripts, Seminars
Application fee of $131.25

(2) AG-2 unlimited Journeyperson license for automotive glasswork

Before January 1st, 2003, an unlimited journeyperson license for automotive glasswork may be issued to any person who has served two years of apprenticeship. If such service as a journeyman was outside this state, has furnished evidence satisfactory to the examining board for automotive glass work and flat glass work that such service is comparable to similar service in this state, and (B) has furnished satisfactory evidence of education and experience.

Statement from employers – must be notarized as to dates and duties of employment
Copy’s of School Certificates, Transcripts, Seminars
Application fee of $90.00

(3) FG-1 unlimited contractor's license for Flat glass work

Before January 1st, 2003, an unlimited contractor's license for flat glass work may be issued to any person who has served as a journeyman in the trade for which such person seeks a license for not less than three years and in addition shall also include two years of apprenticeship related training. If such service as a Contractor / journeyman was outside this state, has furnished evidence satisfactory to the examining board for automotive glass work and flat glass work that such service is comparable to similar service in this state, and (B) has furnished satisfactory evidence of education and experience.

Proof of your contracting Business, permits, tax ID, client and supplier reference letters
Copy’s of School Certificates, Transcripts, Seminars
Application fee of $131.25

(4) FG-2 unlimited journeyperson license for Flat glasswork

Before January 1st, 2003, an unlimited journeyperson license for flat glasswork may be issued to any person who has served two years of apprenticeship. If such service as a journeyman was outside this state, has furnished evidence satisfactory to the examining board for automotive glasswork and flat glasswork that such service is comparable to similar service in this state, and (B) has furnished satisfactory evidence of education and experience.
Statement from employers – must be notarized as to dates and duties of employment.

Copy’s of School Certificates, Transcripts, Seminars
Application fee of $90.00


Licensing Procedure AFTER January 1st , 2003

An applicant must submit an application accompanied with the appropriate application fee of $75.00 for Contractor types and $45.00 for Journeyperson types.

An applicant AFTER January 1st , 2003 must furnish satisfactory evidence of education, experience, and apprenticeship, in addition to passing an examination deemed necessary by the appropriate board.


When the applicant has qualified for a license, the Department of Consumer Protection will issue the license. An applicant, who fails, may take up to two additional examinations during a one-year period. However, if the applicant does not pass the third examination, the applicant must wait a year before taking such examination again.


A major purpose of licensing is to protect public, health, safety, and welfare by preventing unqualified people from practicing a given profession or occupation. Licensing is also a formal and legal way of defining a profession. It gives a way to include in practice those who meet predetermined standards necessary for protecting the public. Licensing bodies serve society in a positive way. Some benefits of licensing are:

  • Screening applicants to ensure that they possess those minimum qualifications necessary for safe practice
  • Providing a mechanism for investigating charges of incompetence or impropriety
  • Setting standards of practice and codes of conduct.


The public then has a basis for determining acceptable quality in workmanship, services, and conduct. Investigating charges of a licensee’s incompetence or failure to perform work and taking appropriate disciplinary action when needed helps to protect the profession from incompetent, unethical, or dishonest practitioners. It serves notice on others that the regulatory agency will not tolerate practitioners whose activities may be harmful to the public.

PENALTIES
The appropriate examining board may, after notice and hearing, impose a civil penalty on any person whom:

  • Practices the work or occupation for which a license is required without first obtaining such license
  • Willfully and falsely pretends to qualify to engage in such work or engages in the work after the license has expired
  • Violates any provisions of the licensing law.


Civil penalties shall be up to $1,000 for a first violation to $1,500 for a second violation, and up to $3,000 for the third and subsequent offenses.

Report from the CT Office of Legislative Research:

January 3, 2002
2002-R-0033

LICENSING OF GLASS INSTALLERS
By: Paul Frisman, Research Analyst

You asked about a law taking effect January 1, 2002 regarding the licensing of glass installers. Specifically, you asked (1) if glass installers must be licensed by the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) as of that date, (2) whether dealers and repairers can only employ licensed glass installers, and (3) what the department has done to notify glass companies of this requirement.

SUMMARY

January 1, 2002 is the earliest date on which DCP can begin licensing automotive and flat glass workers, including glass installers. The law completely exempts some installers from licensing requirements, but non-exempt installers must possess either a license or apprentice's permit to practice their trade.

However, DCP and the state Labor Department are still in the process of developing the licensing and apprenticeship programs, respectively. The Examining Board for Automotive Glass Work and Flat Glass Work, which must authorize licensure, is not scheduled to hold its first meeting until late January 2002.

The law also contains conflicting, contradictory information with respect to who must test for licensure beginning January 1, 2002. One provision creates a one-year exemption for people with two or three years of relevant experience, while an other does not.

Where such a conflict exists, the rules of statutory construction require (1) the statute to be read in whole, not in part, and (2) a review of the legislative history. Applying these rules, it appears that the legislature intended to create the exemption. This conclusion is consistent with the department's plan that installers be licensed starting January 1, 2003. DCP plans to work with trade associations, the motor vehicle department, and other groups to notify glass installers of the new requirements.

LICENSING GLASS INSTALLERS

PA 99-170 required occupational licenses for contractors and journeymen engaged in automotive glass and flat glass work. People seeking licensure must pass a licensing exam or complete an apprenticeship program. It defined "automotive glass work" as installing, maintaining or repairing fixed glass in motor vehicles. It defined "flat glass work" as installing, maintaining, or repairing glass in residential or commercial structures.

The act created a nine-member licensing board within DCP, set licensing criteria, and granted a number of licensing exemptions. It authorized the licensing board to issue licenses without requiring a test or apprenticeship between October 1, 2000 and September 30, 2001, but PA 01-66 delayed the start of this one-year period, which now starts January 1, 2002 and ends December 31, 2002. Beginning January 1, 2002, the board can issue (1) an unlimited contractor's license to anyone who has worked as a journeyman for at least three years or (2) an unlimited journeyman's license to anyone who has worked as a journeyman for at least two years. They do not need to take a test or complete an apprenticeship program.

Installers who would not have the requisite experience by December 31, 2002 must meet new licensing requirements that take effect January 1, 2002. The requirements for an unlimited contractor's license include a minimum of three years of journeyman experience. Because applicants with three years' journeyman experience are exempt from licensing between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2002, these requirements would apply to applicants for unlimited contractor's licenses beginning January 1, 2003.

Starting on that date, applicants also must (1) furnish the board with satisfactory evidence of education and experience and (2) pass a competency examination. If the applicant has worked as a journeyman out of state, he must furnish evidence that his service was comparable to similar service here.

Applicants for an unlimited contractor's license who do not have three years' experience as of December 31, 2002 may obtain the necessary experience by obtaining an apprentice's permit and working under the supervision of a licensed contractor or journeyman (CGS § 20-334a(4)).

Starting January 1, 2002, applicants for an unlimited journeyman's license must (1) complete a bona fide apprenticeship program as required by the board and (2) pass a licensing exam.

Exemptions

Not all glass installers must obtain a license. Exempt are: (1) federal, state, or municipal employees; (2) employees of industrial firms whose main duties concern the maintenance of automotive glass or flat glass on the firm's own premises; (3) people who make glass products used in producing goods sold by industrial firms; (4) people who install, maintain, or repair glass in their own single-family residences; (5) people who install, maintain, or repair glass in motor vehicles they own or lease; (6) glass product retailers other than those engaging in automotive or flat glass work; (7) people who install pre-glazed or pre-assembled windows or doors in residential or commercial buildings; and (8) registered home improvement contractors who install safety-backed mirror products or who repair or replace flat glass in residential buildings in sizes up to 30 square feet (CGS § 20-340).

source:  State of Connecticut