Hoffman Estates, Illinois -- March 11, 2014 -- I-CAR has added Full-Frame Partial Replacement (FFR01) as a new live, instructor-led course to its catalogue.
This course provides information on OEM repair procedures and welding requirements for full-frame vehicles and covers several important collision repair topics that are critical to complete safe and quality repairs for the ultimate benefit of the consumer.
“Properly repairing today’s full-frame vehicles requires a command of an array of considerations. The content in this course can be applied on the job immediately following completion, resulting in increased savings for the shop and the vehicle owner alike,” says Josh McFarlin, I-CAR Director of Curriculum & Product Development.
Technicians will learn how to identify full-frame designs, partial replacement options and repair considerations for full-frame attachments during the course. They will also have access to HD-quality videos on full-frame partial replacement procedures for some of today’s most popular full-frame vehicles, including Ford F-150, General Motors 1500 frames, RAM 1500 and Jeep Wrangler.
This three credit hour course meets training requirements for Steel Structural Technicians, Auto Physical Damage Appraisers and Estimators in I-CAR’s Professional Development Program (PDP). FFR01 will replace Steel Full-Frame Sectioning (SPS03) and Steel Full-Frame Technologies and Repair (SPS08), resulting in three less credit hours of training for certain repair professionals. Anyone who has previously taken either SPS03 or SPS08 will not lose training credit that has been earned.
For more information on I-CAR, please visit I-CAR.ca.
Napierville, Illinois -- Feburary 21, 2014 -- Spanesi will hold another Touch Training Week, a special event taking place March 11 and 12 at the Spanesi Corporate Center located just outside of Chicago in Napierville, Illinois. Spots in the class are very limited, with space limited to the first 10 reservations.
Massillon, Ohio -- February 6, 2014 -- Pro-Spray Finishes has announced the release of its 2014 Training Schedule. The company says the courses being offered are designed to provide hands-on knowledge in a variety of areas that are of direct interest to the automotive painting professional.
Hamilton, Ontario -- February 4, 2014 -- The popular basic estimating collision repair training course is back to help shop or office employees, new estimators and insurance company staff who may need assistance in estimating collision damage on cars and light trucks in Ontario.
This six-night course includes, introduction to estimating, understanding vehicle construction, fundamentals of estimate writing, understanding collision manuals, additional charges and collision damage analysis.
The course will be held in a to-be-determined location in Burlington, Ont, commencing Feb. 11, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday.
Registration is $450 for CIIA members, or $550 for non-members. Prepayment is mandatory.
For more information, or to register, please call the association at 1-866-309-4272, or visit the association online at ciia.com.
Massillon, Ohio -- January 29, 2014 -- Matrix System Automotive Finishes has announced the release of its 2014 Training Schedule. The courses will combine classroom and shop demonstration time providing students with guidance on proper product selection and application to maximize shop productivity.
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.
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.