AGMT Launches Spanish-Translated Certification Test

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2023


The Architectural Glass and Metal Technician certification program has reportedly introduced a Spanish version of its Knowledge-Based Test. According to the press release, the Spanish version of the test is now available when the English test is administered.

The program says that the ability to test in Spanish removes reading comprehension and writing language barriers to bilingual glaziers who may not feel comfortable testing in English.

“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,” explained AGMT Program Manager Scott Kennett.

“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.”

AGMT certification can reportedly be earned by architectural glass and metal technicians by passing both the written KBT and a hands-on Performance-Based Test. Field conditions, however, require bilingual glaziers to read and interpret drawings and instructions in English.

While a translation was not required for the PBT, the KBT requires the ability to read and answer detailed questions. The Spanish translation consequently helps reach a wider audience comprehension.

The program reports that the test was translated by Globalization Partners International (GPI), an ISO 17100:2015 certified translation service provider also certified to ISO/IEC 27001:2013 for information security management. 

Afterwards, the Spanish KBT and study materials underwent a detailed review by a panel of four bilingual AGMT certified glaziers representing different geographic regions, including Jose Cisneros (San Francisco), Juan Grandos (Houston), Erick Hernandez (Baltimore) and Fernando Romero (Los Angeles). 

Additionally, the team reportedly ensured translation consistency with real-world terminology used in the field by Spanish-speaking glaziers. Live beta testing was conducted from March through May, according to the release, with positive results and feedback from 16 glaziers.

District Council 36 Glazier Coordinator and former glazing foreman Mike S. Galstaun, who is AGMT certified, estimates that 80% of the Southern California glazing population speaks Spanish. 

“Since 2021, glaziers have been asking for a test in Spanish. In less than two years, the program has made it happen,” he said. “I believe with the Spanish test we can open more doors and facilitate more certifications. Glaziers are super excited.”

Since the program was launched in 2019, 1,490 glaziers have reportedly earned certification, representing 36 states and four Canadian provinces. According to the press release, the AGMT is North America’s only third-party personal certification program for glaziers.

The personnel certification process features a third-party, independent assessment of an experienced glazier’s knowledge of, and ability to properly perform fundamental glazing procedures. The program has been designed for, and is accredited by, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). 

The AGMT Certification Program is also sponsored by the Architectural Glass and Metal Certification Council (AGMCC). The program is reportedly administered by Administrative Management Systems, Inc.

   

Tagged categories: Certifications and standards; Education; Glaze; Good Technical Practice; NA; North America; Performance testing; Program/Project Management; Testing + Evaluation; Worker training; Workers

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