CGDA Responds to Hartford Courant's "State Licensing Law
Stalls Installing of Glass" Editorial
Editor's Note: The following editorial was sent in by Carl Von Dassel,
Jr., president of the Connecticut Glass Dealers Association, in response to the
October 31, 2006 USGNN news story, "State Licensing Law Stalls Installing
In response to the article in the Hartford Courant, "State Licensing Law
Stalls Installing of Glass," the Connecticut Glass Dealers Association (CGDA)
would like the opportunity to clarify the intent of Public Act 99-170.
The intent of CGDA's legislative effort in 1999 was to ensure adequate standards
for the trade with safe and proper installations for the consumer. Public Act
99-170 simply requires licensure for individuals who perform automotive and flat
glass work and creates a Board within the Department of Consumer Protection to
regulate this work. Licensed installers are trained though the State of Connecticut
Apprenticeship Program and are held accountable for their installations.
To date, the CGDA has 30 apprentices in its training program. The introductory
class of 2002 is entering into its last semester and will be eligible to take
the state journeyman (FG-2) exam in 2007.
The glass industry has changed dramatically over the last ten years. Engineers,
architects and designers have "pushed the envelope" with innovative
design ideas using glass. It is the CGDA's goal to assist its members in creating
qualified journeymen, which in the end benefits the public.
All CGDA board members volunteer their time and effort to help educate and
raise the bar of the Connecticut glass industry as a whole. The law was not intended
to be a "quick fix" for the glass industry. The CGDA believes that the
education and training is a work in progress. Companies that invest in training
will find satisfaction with fewer mistakes in estimating, ordering and installations.
Ultimately, public safety is ensured by having properly trained auto and flat