National Windscreen technicians first in UK to achieve ADAS qualifications
National Windscreens technicians have become the first in
the country to achieve recognised Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)
qualifications from awarding organisation, GQA Qualifications.
ADAS offer the biggest change and challenge to the
automotive glazing industry for many years and National Windscreens has worked
with GQA Qualifications to see how existing qualifications could be updated to
include this technology.
Pete Marsden, managing director at National Windscreens,
said: “Many ADAS safety features work through cameras mounted on windscreens so
if a replacement is needed then calibration is also necessary but competence in
this calibration work has never been subject to formal qualifications before.”
Sean Hayes, GQA technical manager, said: “By working with
employers such as National Windscreens, we have written two new units that have
now been added to the GQA Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Automotive Glazing and the GQA
Level 3 Certificate in Automotive Glazing. Technical Knowledge tests in the GQA
Level 3 Award for Continued Competence in Automotive Glazing have also been
updated to ensure ADAS knowledge is assessed.
“I am delighted that National Windscreens technicians
have now become the first in the UK to successfully pass these new
qualifications. These not only encompass the requirements of the code of
practice recently produced by Thatcham Research but go further by ensuring
knowledge of how the presence of ADAS can affect the feasibility of windscreen
Mr Marsden added: “As a company, we have invested more
than £2 million in calibration equipment, training and facilities and seeing
this recognised by a formal qualification will give our customers exactly what
they want, proof of competence.
“I am delighted that we have the first achievers of these
new qualifications which will now be taken by technicians at all of our 108
GQA Qualifications registration and certification system
means existing National Windscreens technicians who already hold a
qualification can achieve either or both of the new units as a stand-alone