Five years ago, a lack of third-party credentialing in the glazing contractor community drove the Architectural Glass and Metal Certification Council (AGMCC) to create a certification program to recognize glazing contractors who demonstrate consistency, quality and safety excellence. The ISO/IEC 17065 ANSI-accredited certification is based on proficiency in business practices, safety, technique processes, contract administration and quality.

By assessing all aspects of the contractor's business, this certification provides a benchmark for high quality and performance while lowering risk.

The certification was developed by a coalition of architects, enclosure and fenestration consultants, general contractors, professional glaziers, manufacturers and suppliers, and is supported by insurance companies. Thirty-five glazing contractors have achieved certification nationwide.

All aspects of the program are managed and administered by an independent third-party organization, and it is governed by a committee composed of the same cross-section of industry experts and stakeholders that helped develop it. The program received the North American Contractor Certification Program 2020 Gary E. Bird Horizon Award for construction risk management at the virtual International Risk Management Institute, Inc. (IRMI) Construction Risk Conference in October.

The Gary E. Bird Horizon Award, sponsored by Travelers, is presented annually by IRMI to recognize a demonstrated commitment to improving construction risk management through the implementation of innovative, cost-effective, and efficient risk management techniques.