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.