In July 2010, I-CAR, responded to the industry’s direction by introducing a role-based training model for the collision repair inter-industry. The service offerings and courses being introduced today by I-CAR include Equivalency Testing and additional online training courses which satisfy I-CAR ProLevel 1 requirements, enhanced customer support tools and new user-friendly capabilities on the I-CAR website.
“Each of these offerings will enhance the value of the I-CAR Professional Development Program and make ‘training for your role’ more convenient and effective. These offerings increase I-CAR’s ability to provide flexible training that is clearly aligned with achieving an individual’s or business’ industry-recognized designation,” said John Van Alstyne, I-CAR president and CEO.
I-CAR Equivalency Testing has been designed for collision repair professionals and provides an option to demonstrate mastery of content learned through previous experience or on-the-job training. I-CAR Equivalency Tests will address I-CAR ProLevel 1 knowledge areas as defined for each role within the Program and a passing score will fulfill those tested knowledge areas toward the I-CAR Platinum Individual designation.
In addition, collision repair professionals now have access to more online training options that meet I-CAR ProLevel 1 requirements including the following three courses: Inspecting Repairs for Quality Control (QUA01e); Vehicle Identification, Estimating Systems and Terminology (DAM01e); and Aluminum Panels and Structures Damage Analysis (DAM05e). These courses contain the same content as I-CAR’s instructor-led (live) courses and offer a convenient online training option, available 24/7, from an individual’s home or business.
I-CAR says it also has made further improvements to its website, enabling customers to easily purchase online and instructor-led (live) training on the same website in one transaction. I-CAR has also enhanced its Training Planner tool, making role-relevant training management simple and concise. This management tool has been designed to provide access to training records and reports based on individual or company progress toward the I-CAR Platinum Individual or I-CAR Gold Class Professionals designation. A User Guide is available on I-CAR’s website on the “Applications and Documents” section.
Van Alstyne added, “I-CAR will continue to align its training curriculum and customer service offerings with its commitment to delivering the most current technical training, providing individuals and businesses more opportunities to achieve complete and safe repairs.”