Glazier contractors contract with clients to install glass in windows, skylights, store fronts and display cases, or on surfaces, such as building fronts, interior walls, ceilings and tabletops.
Typically, only contractors require licenses, not the glaziers who work for them. In some states, licensing requirements differ based on the setting. Those with a residential license may work only on residential properties, while those with a commercial license may work on commercial properties. Other states require the same license regardless of the setting, and this report records that license in both settings. Many states have contract minimums before the contractor’s license applies. See Appendix B for details.
License required by 26 states
20th most burdensome licensing requirements
49th most widely and onerously licensed occupation
Twenty-six states license glazier contractors working on commercial properties. Twelve states require between two and five years of experience working under a licensed contractor. Alabama and Mississippi require completion of three contracted jobs. Twelve states require no experience. On average, states require 581 days of education and experience, $366 in fees ($1,033 in Nevada), and about one exam. These high barriers give commercial glazier contractors the 20th most burdensome requirements of the 102 occupations studied.