The opening coincided with a call to the Government to introduce formal standards and a national register of vehicle glass fitting technicians.
Autoglass managing director Ian Carlisle said: 'Anyone can go out and replace vehicle glass but the windscreen is an integral safety feature and it is crucial that it is fitted by a properly-trained technician. We are taking training to another level with a consistent, standardised programme.'
The centre, based in Birmingham, will provide a programme of training with focus on all aspects of the job from customer service to technical excellence.
New trainees will work on the UK's top 10 best-selling vehicles in two-week induction courses, led by experienced Autoglass fitting technicians Steve Sinclair-Day and Julian Waller.
Experienced fitters will use the National Skills Centre to learn about new technology.