Glazing is defined as any work involving the installation of glass, acrylic and similar materials in a prepared opening such as a window frame or door frame. It also includes structures such as balustrades, fences and other glass or acrylic partitions. A glazier also installs prefabricated windows.
In NSW, glaziers obtain a glazing licence after completing a course of study to a Certificate III in Glass & Glazing and providing evidence of their competence to NSW Fair Trading. Your glazier in NSW should hold a glazing licence, a business licence and be fully insured. If glazing is done as part of a building or renovation project exceeding $5000 in value, the work must be carried out or supervised by a licensed builder.
In Victoria, builders and building-related trades are governed by the Victorian Building Authority (VBA). Glaziers are not included in the list of trades that must be registered in Victoria. Reputable glaziers in Victoria are often members of a trade organisation such as the Glass and Glazing Association of Australia (GGAA).
The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) governs building and building-related trades in that state. Licensed glaziers in Queensland will hold a "scope of work" licence limited to glass, glazing and aluminium. This entitles them to do most types of glazing work, including installation and repair of glass, mirrors, shower screens and similar installations and repairs.
Glaziers do not require a licence in South Australia, but do require a business licence to conduct business. Many glaziers in South Australia do carry restricted builders' licences that enable them to carry out building work related to installing windows and doors. Many glaziers in South Australia are also accredited by the South Australian Glass Merchants Association or the SA branch of the Glass and Glazing Association of Australia.
In WA, a licence is only required for building-related work in excess of $20,000. However, glaziers should hold business licences and be fully insured. Many reputable glaziers in WA belong to the Glass and Window Association of Western Australia or the WA branch of the Glass and Glazing Association of Australia.
As in many other states, glaziers in Tasmania are not required to hold a licence or state accreditation. The Tasmanian Glass and Aluminium Association (TGAA) has an accreditation scheme that is similar to the licensing requirements in other states. Before association members can be accredited, they must prove they are able to carry out work to Australian Standards.
In the ACT, glaziers do not have to hold a trade licence. They must hold a business licence to conduct business and if a glazier is installing windows, doors or other products associated with glazing, they may have to work under the supervision of a licensed building contractor. Glaziers in the ACT are required to undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (CIC).
Glaziers do not require licensing in the Northern Territory. In some counties, they may need to obtain a Home Improvement licence if the value of the work exceeds $2000. Reputable glaziers in the NT often belong to a trade organisation such as the WA and NT branch of the Australian Glass and Glazing Association.
Because glaziers do not require a licence in most parts of Australia, they often obtain accreditation through a state glazing association. If they also engage in any kind of construction work, such as the erection of glass fences, they should hold the appropriate licence for that type of activity.