Auto Glass Technician Training and School Information

Schools provide programs to train aspiring automotive glass technicians to work in the collision repair field in body shops. Across the U.S., colleges and universities offer glass technician certificate programs in addition to associate and bachelor's degree programs in collision repair and automotive technology.

Aspiring auto glass technicians can find training programs at community colleges, technical schools and 4-year colleges and universities.

10 Schools with Automotive Technology Programs

Here is a list of schools offering automotive technology certificates or degrees, with basic information about each. Tuition rates are based on the 2015-2016 academic year for undergraduate degree-granting programs:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees*
Pittsburg State University Pittsburg, KS 4-year, Public Associate's, Bachelor's $6,508 in-state, $16,978 out-of-state
Portland Community College Portland, OR 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $3,766 in-state, $8,374 out-of-state
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, IL 4-year, Public Bachelor's $13,137 in-state, $26,390 out-of-state
Weber State University Ogden, UT 4-year, Public Certificate, Associate's, Bachelor's $5,321 in-state, $14,235 out-of-state
Green River College Auburn, WA 4-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $4,344 in-state, $4,751 out-of-state
Oklahoma State University Okmulgee, OK 4-year, Public Associate's $4,860 in-state, $10,470 out-of-state
Broward College Fort Lauderdale, FL 4-year, Public Associate's $2,753 in-state, $8,875 out-of-state
Gateway Technical College Kenosha, WI 2-year, Public Certificate, Diploma, Associate's $4,090 in-state, $6,016 out-of-state
Austin Community College Austin, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,550 in-district, $9,210 in-state, $11,340 out-of-state
Seminole State College of Florida Sanford, FL 4-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $3,131 in-state, $11,456 out-of-state

*Source: NCES

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School Selection Criteria

Here are some important considerations for anyone exploring auto glass technician schools:

  • Those interested in repair and the automotive industry can enroll in certificate and degree programs to prepare for certification exams, which can improve and build an individual's qualifications.
  • Look for certificate programs that cover topics beyond glass installation to boost future job prospects.
  • In addition to the technical knowledge of repair and installation, professionals must have excellent customer service skills. Look for programs that involve work experience or internships that can help develop these skills.

Certificate Programs

Auto glass technician certificate programs are typically offered in partnership with the National Glass Association (NGA) and, as a result, prepare students for the NGA exam. Additionally, in accordance with the NGA standards, a 40-hour internship is incorporated into the curricula.

Associate's Degree in Collision Repair

Unlike certificate programs, collision repair degree programs may include individual courses in glass removal and installation that may be unassociated with the NGA. However, collision repair students may be eligible for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification. Not every collision repair program includes auto glass courses, so students who want to learn how to install glass should research the courses offered before enrolling. Students also often have the opportunity to participate in an internship.

Bachelor's Degree in Automotive Technology

Those looking to advance their career and continue their education may pursue a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Technology. These programs focus on management, leading to teaching and supervisory positions. Additionally, some programs allow students to transfer credits gained from associate degree programs. Programs typically require students to complete a capstone project and may require a practicum as well.

Those wishing to pursue a career in automotive glass repair have several educational options, including certificate programs, associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees. A number of schools across the country offer these programs, and many schools include internship opportunities and preparation for certification exams.

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