OFO No: 642501

Other names for Glazier:

  • Glass Beveller
  • Glass Cutter
  • Glazier Installer
  • Leadlight Glazier
  • Mirror Installer
  • Mirror Silverer
  • Window Glass Fitter


Youtube clip: Day in the life of a Glazier

For training options in South Africa – scroll down


What is a Glazier?

Glaziers are responsible for selecting, cutting, installing, replacing and removing all types of glass and mirrors.

They generally work on one of several different areas:

  • Residential: 

installing or replacing glass in windows, sky lights, shower doors, table tops etc

  • Commercial interior projects:

installing large mirrors, stain glass windows or store-front windows, display cases etc

  • Automotive industry:

installing or replacing all window, windscreens and mirrors etc

What does a Glazier do?

  • reads architectural plans, if working on a building site
  • measures, marks or outlines patterns on glass
  • cuts glass using a glasscutter
  • breaks off extra glass by hand or with notched tool
  • fastens glass panes into wood sash frames with glazier’s points
  • spreads and smooths putty around edge of panes with knife to seal joints
  • installs mirrors or structural glass on walls, ceilings or tables
  • bolts metal hinges, handles, locks and other hardware to prefabricated glass doors
  • sets glass doors into frame and fitting hinges
  • installs metal window and door frames into which glass panels are to be fitted
  • applies plastic adhesive film to glass or spray glass with tinting solution to prevent light glare
  • installs stained glass windows
  • installs metal-framed glass enclosures for showers

Are you … ?

  • interested in building and construction?
  • accurate?
  • a person with a good head for heights?
  • safety conscious?
  • good with your hands?
  • practical?
  • methodical?

How do I become a Glazier?

You can choose one of these career pathways:


  • Apprenticeship (training at a TVET college with practical training under a qualified artisan)
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Chemical Operations (Glass Container Former) Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • Artisan Internship
  • Trade Test


  • RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) for Artisans: CLICK HERE
  • If you have already been working a long time as a Glazier  without qualifications, you may be able to get your qualification through RPL
  • Trade Test


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


  • SGCC: Safety Glazing Certification Council

  • SAGGA: South African Glass and Glazing Association

  • AAAMSA:  Association of Architectural Aluminium Manufacturers of South Africa.


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Glass Blower … or … Welder

Is becoming a Glazier the right career choice for me?