Volkswagen of America, Inc., has announced that I-CAR training courses and the in-shop I-CAR Steel GMA (MIG) Welding Qualification Series are required components of the Volkswagen-Certified Collision Repair Facility Program. This program provides VW-certification for collision repair facilities that perform body repairs in accordance with Volkswagen’s safety standards and specifications.
"I-CAR training will equip collision repair facility technicians with the necessary knowledge to repair our vehicles to factory standards," said Dan Ducharme, parts specialist for Volkswagen of America. "If a body shop follows Volkswagen standards and specifications, it can positively impact the customer experience and help maintain the vehicle resale value.”
Body technicians will receive I-CAR training on advanced steel properties, structural part repair and replacement, and procedures for corrosion protection during the collision repair process, as well as comprehensive welding instructions that includes theory, hands-on practice and the in-shop I-CAR Steel GMA (MIG) Welding Qualification Test. I-CAR training opportunities are offered as either an instructor-led course taught in the classroom or an online course.
I-CAR Technical Director Jason Bartanen said, “I-CAR is pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Volkswagen in their training efforts. As a collision repair industry professional, keeping pace with change in vehicle technology and design is more important than ever, and I-CAR is committed to providing the most current collision repair training opportunities that will meet industry needs.”
Access the program website for a detailed listing of training requirements
Volkswagen Announces VW-Certified Collision Repair Facility Program