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Toronto, Ontario -- November 12, 2014 -- The Collision Industry Information Assistance (CIIA) has announced it will once again be running its basic estimating collision repair training course to help shop or office employees, new estimators and insurance company staff to better estimate collision damage on cars and light trucks in Ontario.

The evening course is eligible for four I-CAR points, and is scheduled to run as two classes per week over a three-week period. It will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., beginning Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at Toronto’s Eugene Banquet Centre on 8 Eugene St.

This six-night course offers 18 hours of instruction time and includes an introduction to estimating, and sessions on understanding vehicle construction, the fundamentals of estimate writing, understanding collision manuals, additional charges and collision damage analysis.

Course fees for association members are $450 per person, while non-members can attend for $550 per person. Both costs are not including HST. 

Students can register for CIIA’s basic estimating course by contacting the association office at 1-866-309-4272, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Prepayment and registration is mandatory.

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Hoffman Estate, Illinois -- October 27, 2014 -- The collision repair industry is preparing for a “tsunami” of new and advanced vehicle construction materials and technologies and I-CAR is committed to equipping the industry with training that provides the knowledge needed to perform complete, safe, and quality repairs. At SEMA 2014, I-CAR will premiere its highly anticipated course, Vehicle Technology and Trends 2015 (NEW15).

A statement from I-CAR says this course brings the excitement of the auto show to the classroom and offers students a preview of the latest trends expected to impact the collision repair Inter-Industry.
“Lightweight vehicle materials like aluminum and high-strength steel are driving major changes in vehicle construction," says Josh McFarlin, Director of Curriculum & Product Development for I-CAR. "For repairers, this can mean major changes to the collision repair process. Understanding these changes before vehicles enter the shop contributes to right first time repairs and associated efficiency gains.”
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Hoffman Estates, Illinois -- October 7, 2014 -- I-CAR will continue to bring relevant vehicle technology discussions to the forefront of the industry at SEMA 2014. Attendees will experience noteworthy presentations and live demonstrations on the topics and trends impacting the collision repair industry today and in the future.

I-CAR’s Jason Bartanen, Director of Industry Relations, will lead a full schedule of speakers at I-CAR’s SEMA Collision Repair & Refinish Stage where collision repair professionals will learn about the latest vehicle developments they must understand in order to perform complete, safe and quality repairs.

Click here to read more ...I-CAR to host high profile speakers at SEMA

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Ottawa, Ontario -- September 24, 2014 -- There is a business case that supports investment by skilled trades employers in essential skills training, according to a report released by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum – Forum canadien sur l’apprentissage (CAF-FCA).

The first study of its kind in Canada, CAF-FCA conducted a national survey with skilled trades employers to investigate participation in essential skills training and the corresponding return on investment. Respondents represented a variety of regions, business sizes and trades.

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