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Hoffman Estates, Illinois -- January 17, 2014 -- I-CAR CEO & President John Van Alstyne addressed I-CAR’s 2014 initiatives and reviewed the company's 2013 milestones during a speech at the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) meeting in Palm Springs, Florida.

The company says its 2014 initiatives, which were highlighted by Van Alstyne, will have a significant impact on the industry and will deliver on I-CAR’s commitment to education, knowledge and collision-repair solutions. Van Alstyne honed in on enhancements to I-CAR’s industry-recognized Welding Training & Certification program and the Repairability Technical Support initiative in 2014.

“Today, as the major provider of welding training to the collision repair industry, I-CAR estimates that at least two-thirds of technicians who weld lack formal welding training,” says Van Alstyne. “I-CAR has beefed up its welding programs and significantly reduced pricing to encourage repairers to more broadly invest in the training that makes perhaps the biggest difference in complete, safe and quality repairs for the ultimate benefit of the consumer. To effectively navigate the vehicle technology tsunami our industry is facing, repairers today need technicians that are trained and certified with up-to-date welding skills in order to perform the complex structural repairs that are now required.”

Major insurers, such as State Farm, and OEMs, including GM, have already committed to partnering with I-CAR in 2014, encouraging or requiring their networks to participate in I-CAR’s Welding Training & Certification.

Van Alstyne also provided an update on the Repairability Technical Support initiative. Van Alstyne shared details on the launch of the dedicated “technical knowledge” website, upcoming plans and key milestones that have been achieved. This initiative launched in 2013 and is designed to provide technical repair knowledge, address gaps in repair procedures and enhance industry technical communication with OEMs.

“I-CAR thanks the industry for its support in 2013. Through your commitment, I-CAR is well positioned to deliver on its vision in 2014 and beyond,” says Van Alstyne.

Key 2013 accomplishments that Van Alstyne shared included the company's $200,000 donation to the Collision Repair Education Foundation on behalf of the industry, no price increases for the third consecutive year, the introduction of Gold Class program enhancements, a $2.6 million investment in a new learning content management system (LCMS), the expansion of network partner programs and new Professional Development Program training.

Van Alstyne further renewed I-CAR’s commitment to hold all pricing flat again in 2014, except the Welding reductions mentioned. He also announced that an estimated $165,000 donation will be made by I-CAR to the Collision Repair Education Foundation in 2014, representing $1 for every class the industry took with I-CAR in 2013.

For more information on I-CAR, please visit I-CAR.ca.

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Cortland, New York -- January 17, 2014 -- The new online version of the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) "Lifting It Right" vehicle lift safety training course is now live.

The course is produced by ALI and hosted by racing legends Richard and Kyle Petty. ALI partnered with dealer services provider KPA, which has trained more than 1 million automotive industry professionals, to adapt material from the popular Lifting It Right DVD into an interactive, web-based format. The information presented applies to lift operators at dealerships, independent shops, government agencies, vocational schools and other facilities.

“With health and safety officials increasing their focus on vehicle service providers throughout North America, it is crucial that members of the service and repair industry take ownership of safety issues and embrace a proactive approach to accident prevention,” says R.W. “Bob” O’Gorman, ALI president. “Safety materials developed by ALI, such as this training program, allow employers to take a leadership role in service bay safety instead of simply reacting to penalty-based enforcement programs.”

In Lifting It Right: 2014 Online Edition, a narrator guides trainees through curriculum covering lift types, the lifting and lowering process and lift maintenance. Throughout the presentation, real-world scenarios with corresponding questions are presented to engage participants, who interact with the content and receive immediate feedback when answering the questions. The interactive elements provide a positive learning environment and reinforce the trainee’s understanding of each topic presented before moving forward.

At the conclusion of the program, a certificate of completion is generated and stored online. It can also be printed and displayed or filed if desired.

“The ability to manage training records online is probably the biggest benefit to shop operators, beyond minimizing the slowdown of productivity associated with traditional workforce-styled classroom training,” says O’Gorman. “With online records, there is no need to print and score a written test and then store a certificate. When training compliance needs to be demonstrated, the manager can just pull up each employee’s record on the computer.”

To learn more, or to register, please visit AutoLift.org.

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Toronto, Ontario -- January 14, 2014 -- Collision repair industry practicioners are running out of time to submit their comments on proposed revisions to the Apprenticeship Training Standards for the automotive industry.

Collision repair industry professionals who have yet to provide their feedback have until Jan. 17, 2014 to weigh in on the drafted update to the Apprenticeship Training Standards.

In May 2013 a working committee was established composed of industry professionals holding a Red Seal certificate, who are currently practicing, are industry leaders in training and represent all provincial geographic areas, and are inclusive of small, medium and large organizations.

The committee rewrote and revised the pre-existing Apprenticeship Training Standards document, a document unchanged since 2003, and have since circulated the revised draft version among industry professionals to obtain feedback on updating the fundamental standards for working apprentices in the collision industry.

The document was deemed to be in need of additional review to ensure any changes were validated by the industry and its practicioners in order to make sure the needs of both apprentices and the industry are reflected.

If you are interested in reviewing or commenting on the drafted review of the Apprenticeship Training Standards prior to Jan. 17, please contact Franca Silvaggio at the Ontario College of Trades at 647-847-3060 for more information.

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Napierville, Illinois -- January 15, 2014 -- Spanesi has announced Touch Training Week, a special event taking place February 4 and 5 at the Spanesi Corporate Center located just outside of Chicago in Napierville, Illinois. There is no charge to attend.

The training sessions take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch served daily. The first day’s session covers an introduction to the system, lower body measuring, upper body measuring and specialized situations. The second two digs into measuring beyond data, suspension part measurement, Touch wheels, blueprinting, analyzing and estimating printouts.
 
“If you own one and need some tips to maximize productivity, we can do that,” says Tim Morgan, Managing Director of Spanesi Americas. “If you recently purchased a system, then send your technician in for this two-day course.  If you’re thinking of purchasing what I consider to be the best measuring system on the market, then we’d love to see you.”
 
Spanesi Americas staff will be on hand to answer any and all questions during the training event. In addition, there will be a chance to see many more Spanesi products, such as the Multibench 12, welders and spray booths.
 
For more information or to register for the event, please contact Spanesi Americas at 224-772-6374.
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Hoffman Estates, Illinois -- January 14, 2014 -- I-CAR is promoting how structural technicians can benefit from updates to its instructor-led Structural Straightening Steel (SSS01) course that addresses how to correctly approach structural straightening repairs.

The increased use of high-strength steels and other new materials are changing the way to correctly approach these repairs, which means technicians need to rethink what was once believed to be true. This course covers key repair topics and provides technicians with information that will help keep the repair and equipment safe. Proper stress-relieving techniques, positioning of pulling attachments and how to locate anchoring points are just a few of the key topics covered in this course for Steel Structural Technician.

“Updates in this course will prepare repairers to think like Steel Structural Technicians. Gone are the days when most structural parts can be repaired with straightening. New vehicles and new materials create the need to shift thinking and approach repairs differently,” says Josh McFarlin, I-CAR Director of Curriculum and Product Development.

Course updates also include increased classroom activities, new HD-quality videos, improved graphics and methods for straightening common types of full-frame damage. Anyone who has previously taken the course will automatically have online access to the updated course materials today. This three credit hour course meets training requirements for Steel Structural Technicians in I-CAR’s Professional Development Program(PDP).

For more information on I-CAR, or to register for I_CAR courses, please visit I-CAR.ca.

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