In order to become a window installer, the first thing you have to be sure of is that you are physically fit and that you can handle working with heights. You will be hauling significant amounts of weight because windows are heavy. You will also be working on ladders on multi-level structures; therefore having a fear of heights is not going to help matters. You do not need a college education to be a window installer. However, you do need on-the-job training and a high school degree under most circumstances in order to be successful in this field.
In addition to being able to climb latters while carrying windows and having the physique to do so, there are other skill sets you will need in order to be successful within this career. You must have good communication skills because, in most cases, you will not be working alone and a team atmosphere will be present. You will also need to work quickly and efficiently and have excellent time management skills because, in most situations, the customers are charged a flat fee for window installation services. If you are working as part of a company, the general contractor may require that you also pass a background check before coming on as part of their team.
If you do not have any formal training as a window installer, there is nothing to worry about because there is not real educational path toward this career. While most employers would prefer that their employees have a high school diploma before hiring them on their crew, a high school equivalency is just fine for this type of career. For those who are interested in furthering their education, it would be helpful if you took courses in metalwork and woodworking. That way you have some extra skills under your belt, and you have knowledge of up-to-date tools and methods.
If there is a certification course as a professional window installer available in your area, it is also a good idea to look into obtaining this as well. This will show your employer, as well as your customers, that you are serious about your career and that you are knowledgeable about any changes that are occurring in the current industry standards. There are many courses available at a national level, as well as through AAMA, American Architectural Manufactures Association. The examinations for each certification course are comprehensive, thus proving that the career path you are choosing is a serious one.
For those who choose to become window installers, there are many other add-on skills that go along with this field as well. Some window installers are also independent contractors that work as skilled woodworkers, house builders, interior finish woodworkers, and roofers.
That way, if customers need more than one service, they are able to work according to their needs. This rounds out the professional's careers and allows them to earn a steady income throughout the year, rather than one that is seasonal. In winter states, it is difficult to find work as a window installer so it would benefit you to have more than one skill set.