Three Automakers Named I-CAR Gold Class Professionals

I-CAR col­li­sion repair net­work train­ing has been tak­ing off with more automak­ers this year, and three major OEMs were rec­og­nized for that rela­tion­ship dur­ing the SEMA Show. Nissan/Infiniti, Chrysler, and Hon­da have achieved the I-CAR Gold Class Pro­fes­sion­als des­ig­na­tion, and 15 automak­ers are now includ­ing the I-CAR Weld­ing Qual­i­fi­ca­tion Ser­vices or lim­it­ed oth­er I-CAR train­ing as a require­ment for their net­work pro­grams.

“Accord­ing to a recent I-CAR study on repair facil­i­ty key per­for­mance indi­ca­tors (KPI), there is clear link­age between I-CAR train­ing and KPI improve­ment in areas such as cycle time, touch time, rework, CSI, and even rev­enue,” said I-CAR CEO and Pres­i­dent John Van Alstyne.

All of these automak­ers have been part of the I-CAR Pro­fes­sion­al Devel­op­ment Pro­gram that was designed to pro­vide tech­ni­cians the edu­ca­tion and knowl­edge required to per­form com­plete and safe repairs. “I-CAR’s PDP and the Gold Class recog­ni­tion pro­gram are the indus­try stan­dards for knowl­edge, help­ing form the foun­da­tion for busi­ness and tech­ni­cian suc­cess through train­ing that pro­vides repair­ers with knowl­edge and skills need­ed to achieve com­plete repairs and safe repairs,” said James Roach, Senior VP – Parts and Ser­vice Divi­sion for Amer­i­can Hon­da Motor Co. Gold Class is an ele­ment of the recent­ly launched Hon­da ProFirst pro­gram.

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