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I-CAR Introduces Industry’s First Online OEM Calibration Requirements Search Feature

I-CAR announced at the SEMA Show a groundbreaking information resource for collision repair professionals: a vehicle-by-vehicle guide to calibration requirements for advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) for every 2016 make and model sold in the U.S.

The “OEM Calibration Requirements Search” feature, available online through the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) Portal, describes calibration requirements for each vehicle when repairing vehicles equipped with systems such as:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Active park assist
  • 360-degree camera
  • Collision warning
  • Collision braking
  • Blind spot detection
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Backup assist

This type of calibration guide is the first of its kind in the collision repair industry and will be available exclusively to current RTS Portal subscribers. The portal is free to professionals at I-CAR Gold Class and Road to Gold shops, those who have earned Platinum recognition and individuals currently undergoing training. There are approximately 110,000 current subscribers.

“I-CAR is committed to helping the industry respond to the ‘technical tsunami’ and the emerging arena of diagnostics, or scanning, and calibration is an area where I-CAR has established an industry leadership role to ensure proper knowledge and skills are developed and applied in the repair process,” said I-CAR CEO and President John Van Alstyne. “We are actively working with the inter-industry to clarify and resolve points of technical confusion, and developing related information tools and curriculum enhancements that will roll out in the coming years. This new search tool, which represents hundreds of hours of time to develop, is representative of the value our Repairability Technical Support, or RTS services, are delivering to the inter-industry.”

The first phase of the calibration matrix, being released on Nov. 1st, 2016, will include information on up to 90 percent of 2016 model-year vehicles sold in the U.S. In early 2017, I-CAR expects to have 100 percent coverage of 2016 U.S. models, with a focus on 2017 model-year vehicles and ongoing tool enhancements beginning shortly thereafter.

“I-CAR believes this will be a great resource for repair professionals to leverage during the damage analysis process,” said Jason Bartanen, I-CAR director of Industry Technical Relations, who demonstrated the tool onstage at SEMA. “If, during damage analysis/blueprinting, an estimator or auto physical damage appraiser (APDA) identifies that a vehicle is equipped with ADAS, a quick visit to the RTS Portal will identify those conditions that will require post-repair calibration for that system. This will help in development of the repair plan, and doing this work in advance will improve cycle time.”

Users can search on the matrix for the vehicle make and model they are repairing. The listings, which are color-coded for each system, display all of the options and events that will necessitate calibrations for that system. For each safety option, the calibration matrix shows which cameras and sensors are involved, where they are located and the calibrations required for them. Conversely, it shows which ADAS are affected by each camera and sensor. The listing also indicates whether scan tools and/or special tools are required for the calibrations and whether the system will illuminate a Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) or set a Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) if the system detects an error during the pre- or post-scanning process. Troubleshooting notes are included with each calibration.

In addition to furnishing calibration information, the search function provides links to vehicle system definitions, repair information from each automaker and additional information housed in the portal.

A preview of the calibration matrix is available here. To learn how to subscribe to the RTS Portal, visit https://rts.i-car.com/.

Registration Now Open for I-CAR’s Level 2 Production Management Curriculum

I-CAR announced 10 new courses that form the second level of its production management curriculum for collision repair facility personnel. Individuals can learn more about the course and register for production management courses online or by calling I-CAR Customer Care at (800) ICAR USA.

I-CARAll the new production management courses, as well as those launched in 2015, have now been configured to allow for more flexible access supporting customized learning paths. Training paths can now be tailored to the role-specific knowledge needs of collision repair professionals involved in shop-wide production processes, as well as for those responsible only for sub-elements

Collision Repair Education Foundation Launches School Designation Program

From CollisionWeek

The Collision Repair Education Foundation has created a new designation program called the “Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark”. Under the new program developed by the Foundation, schools will be classified into three tiers:

  • Tier 1: Advanced,
  • Tier 2: Proficient, or
  • Tier 3: Developing.

The designation will be determined by the Foundation based upon information provided by schools about the capabilities of their program on the Collision Repair Education Makeover grant application, which is currently accepting applications.

Collision Repair Education FoundationThe criteria for each level will focus around the number of hours of instruction, curriculum in place, along with what tools, equipment, and supplies a school uses to prepare their students for employment in the collision industry.

If there is something that a school needs to advance to the next level, the Education Foundation’s grant application will allow a school to request that particular item. The goal is to help every school acquire the resources to eventually achieve a Tier 1: Advanced school designation.

School designations will be announced in July 2016, and the Makeover grant recipients will be announced in November 2016.

Clark Plucinski, Collision Repair Education Foundation Executive Director said, “In June 2015, the Foundation Board of Trustees made the decision to adjust the Foundation’s mission to focus not only on grants and donations, but also on bridging the employment gap. The new focus will be on getting the right grants/donations into each school to better prepare the students for entering the collision industry.  This new designation program ties into the new focus and will better determine what items each school is in need of that will be ultimately benefit the students.”

Cox Automotive Sponsors Collision Repair Education Foundation Career Fairs

Additional participation and sponsorship opportunities are available for careers fairs being held in the first half of 2016.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced a $25,000 sponsorship from Cox Automotive for the company’s participation in a number of 2016 collision career fairs the Education Foundation is Collision Repair Education Foundation logo facilitating across the country. Through this first-time donation from Cox Automotive, their participation in these events will allow them to connect with local high school and college collision students seeking entry-level employment. Cox Automotive will be specifically participating in the Houston, Denver, Seattle, Dallas, Atlanta, and Nashville career fairs scheduled to take place the first half of 2016.

Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode noted, “I would like to thank Cox Automotive for their support and we look forward to working together with their team to not only help introduce them to entry-level collision staff candidates but help educate the schools on what type of skill sets Cox Automotive is seeking to ensure the students are productive day one on the job. It is only through our industry supporters are we able to assist these schools, instructors, and students and ensure that their graduates are properly trained and prepared for industry employment.”

The Collision Repair Education Foundation’s collision career fairs are open to all industry members to participate and those seeking to meet high school and college collision students are encouraged to contact the Education Foundation for sponsorship and participation information. Sponsorship funds raised through these career fairs assist the organization’s efforts to ensure that collision school programs have the needed tools, equipment, and supplies to graduate qualified and skilled entry-level employees.

Industry members interested in participating in the career fairs can view additional information online and contact Director of Development, Brandon Eckenrode at Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org or 847.463.5244.

I-CAR Announces New Course Launches for First Quarter

From CollisionWeek News

The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR), announced that it will launch three new courses in the first quarter of 2016: MIG brazing, rivet bonding, and Honda & Acura electrical system repair.

The new MIG brazing and rivet bonding courses are part of I-CAR’s new Hands-On Skills Development program, a new line of courses that are hands-on and conducted in-shop, while the electrical repair course is the fourth installment in an online series focused on Honda and Acura vehicles. All three courses have been specifically designed to provide collision repair technicians with cutting-edge techniques that target today’s innovative vehicles.

MIG Brazing Hands-On Skills Development (BRZ02) offers collision repair technicians a critical opportunity to develop their MIG brazing skills in their own shop environment. This technique is becoming a requirement for many high-strength steel (HSS) vehicles entering the market, making it a skill that technicians need to know. As a result of taking this course, technicians will have the knowledge and hands-on practice to consistently produce quality MIG brazing repairs.

“The need for technicians trained in MIG brazing is only going to keep growing. While MIG brazing is a new technique to some, Honda and Acura have been requiring it for over five years on certain repairs to some of our most popular current models, such as the Accord and MDX. We are pleased to see I-CAR deliver MIG brazing training in a way that technicians can practice and learn right at their own shop and on their own equipment,” said Chris Tobie, instructional designer, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Rivet Bonding Hands-On Skills Development (RVT01) introduces technicians to an attachment method that is quickly becoming more common as more vehicles are built using aluminum, steel and mixed materials, such as North America’s best-selling vehicle the 2015 Ford F-150. Rivet bonding requires careful timing and an organized approach making one-on-one coaching with the instructor an important component of the course. Technicians who complete the course gain knowledge and skills they can immediately put to use in their shops.

Honda & Acura Electrical Collision Repair (HON14e), the fourth in a series of American Honda-developed, I-CAR delivered online courses, gives technicians the information to perform proper and complete post-collision electrical system repairs on Honda and Acura vehicles. The course also empowers facilities to ensure that sublet repairs are done properly. The course is divided into three sections that highlight basic electrical system requirements, potential wiring harness issues, and Honda and Acura wiring repair policies, tools and resources.

“Today’s vehicle manufacturers are introducing new technologies that are rapidly transforming the collision repair industry,” stated Josh McFarlin, I-CAR Director of Curriculum & Product Development.

2016 I-CAR Volunteer & Instructor Conference

I-CAR Volunteer & Instructor Conference to be held March 10-12
The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) will celebrate and recognize the achievements and accomplishments of its volunteer and instructor network, as well as provide training, inspiration, and team building at its Volunteer & Instructor Conference being held March 10-12, 2016 in Orlando, Fla.

The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.

More information and registration for the event is available online at link below:


Education Foundation Details Regional Golf Fundraisers that Need Support

From CollisionWeek News

The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced that several I-CAR volunteer committees and industry groups will be conducting golf fundraiser events that will raise needed money and awareness for their local high school and college collision repair school programs through the Foundation.

The events include:

Atlanta (GA) I-CAR Committee Golf Fundraiser – April 23rd
Houston (TX) I-CAR Committee Golf Fundraiser – April, Date TBD
Indianapolis (IN) I-CAR Committee Golf Fundraiser – May 7th
Raleigh (NC) I-CAR Committee Golf Fundraiser – May 13th
Nashville (TN) I-CAR Committee Golf Fundraiser – May 13th
Knoxville (TN) I-CAR Committee Golf Fundraiser – May 21st
Memphis (TN) I-CAR Committee Poker Night Fundraiser – Date TBD
Columbus (OH) Collision Education Group Golf Fundraiser – August, Date TBD

The Foundation is encouraging members of the industry to participate as an attendee or sponsor by joining fellow industry members during these events. Companies and individuals who are interested in participating and supporting the above local fundraisers should contact Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at 847.463.5244 and he will connect them with the local event representatives for additional information.

“These committee members and groups have come together for the betterment of their local collision school programs and I applaud their efforts. They have spent many hours upon hours of their time organizing these events and volunteering their time,” said Eckenrode. “As the funds raised during these events will help local collision school programs, participants can know that they are making their local collision industry’s future a lot brighter.”

New American Honda Training Now Available Through I-CAR


TORRANCE, CA., February 9, 2015 – American Honda Motor Co, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of two new collision training modules, produced by American Honda and delivered exclusively through I-CAR®, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair. The new modules, available on-line at i-car.com/hondatraining, are the first in what will become a new series of Honda and Acura-specific training available to all shops across the entire industry. These modules are unique in that they are the first to be developed by an OEM, and delivered through
I-CAR. All planned courses will be available on-line, providing quick, easy access to all shops.

The first module, Using Honda and Acura Service Information (HON10e) is an on-line course educating students about the importance of using factory service information. It provides information on Honda and Acura publications and how to access them.

The second module, Honda and Acura High-Strength Steel Repair (HON11e) provides an overview of the different grades of high-strength steel used in Honda and Acura vehicles and approved repair methods.

Both courses, as well as additional American Honda courses still in development, will be required for shops wishing to apply for and participate in the soon-to-be launched ProFirst Certified body shop program.

“I-CAR is uniquely qualified to deliver the new training modules developed by American Honda” said Steve Osborne, Assistant Vice President of Parts, Service & Technical Operations. “Their platform provides the most effective and efficient delivery of our content to the professional repair industry. And the on-line classes make it cost-effective for shops by eliminating the need to travel. Safe and complete repair is our goal and to achieve that we recognize our responsibility to make this training available to all shops that repair Honda and Acura vehicles.”

For more information:
Gary Ledoux (310) 783-2818

Maxwell High School Holds Open House during April CIC Meeting in Atlanta

From CollisionWeek

The Collision Repair Education Foundation will be hosting an open house event at Maxwell High School of Technology in Lawrenceville, Ga. on Wednesday April 8th, from 9-10:30 a.m. in recognition of the 2013 Makeover school grant that was provided by the I-CAR Atlanta Volunteer Committee.

This event will be taking place in conjunction with the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) meetings being held at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia that week. Hertz Corp will be providing transportation for CIC attendees to and from the hotel and the school so that industry members can see how the grant has transformed Maxwell’s collision program. Industry guests will be transported back to the Crowne Plaza in time for the CIC meetings that begin that afternoon.

Atlanta I-CAR Chairman Gerry Poirier and Farmers Insurance National APD Manager said, “The Atlanta I CAR Committee is made up from all aspects of the collision industry. The ability to accomplish our successful fundraising is due to the dedication of each and every member. This dedication has resulted in our ability to give back to this great industry by providing the 2013 Makeover grant to Maxwell High School of Technology, scholarships for collision school students along with materials and tools. This will help replenish our dwindling shortage of people coming into the collision repair field. I encourage all industry members to come out and see what can be done to promote the collision industry starting in our local schools.”

Maxwell High School of Technology Principal Dr. Jeff Hall noted, “I-CAR and the Education Foundation continue to be one of Maxwell’s biggest supporters. They continually provide tools and equipment that enhances our industry-certified program in teaching students how to perform automotive vehicle body repair and refinishing skills. As you know, these skills lead to excellent jobs as an estimator, body repair technician, refinishing technician, or employment in a shop office or insurance claims office. Our instructor’s aptitude and desire to produce quality student work, in and out of the classroom, can only be enhanced with the industry’s support of our program. With the industry’s continued support and the hard work of our instructors, Mr. Butch Luther and Mr. Sam Melaragno, I believe our program is in the top cadre of Auto Collision programs nationwide. We sincerely thank I-CAR and the Education Foundation for its belief in a strong education program for our students.”

Maxwell High School also recently received its second annual contribution from the Georgia Collision Industry Association.

Collision repair industry members are asked to RSVP by March 27th for the open house by emailing Brandon Eckenrode at Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org.

I-CAR Launches Alternative Fuel Vehicle Course

From CollisionWeek

The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) has launched an all-new instructor-led course, Alternative Fuel Vehicle Damage Analysis and Safety (ALT03). This live, instructor-led, 3-credit hour course is designed to enhance a collision repair professional’s understanding of how to safely approach alternative fuel vehicles of all types after a collision and how to understand the risks and risk-avoidance of working around such vehicles.

In addition to the new Live instructor-led course, Online options for Alternative Fuel Vehicle Damage Analysis and Safety (ALT03) are also available, broken into two courses for learning effectiveness: Alternative Fuel Vehicle Damage Analysis (ALT04e), a 1-hour offering and Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety (ALT05e), a 2-hour offering.

I-CAR is also debuting its new Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Disable Search on the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) Portal. Through the Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Disable Search, professionals can more easily find information on how to identify where parts of the hybrid or electric system are located, how to disable the system before beginning a repair, welding best practices and refinish precautions.

Josh McFarlin, I-CAR Director of Curriculum & Product Development explained, “Each vehicle will require specific knowledge about the different risk avoidance elements engineered into these vehicles from a propulsion system perspective. This makes building knowledge on the different alternative fuel vehicle types extremely important,” McFarlin continued, “This course serves as a solution to building a knowledge base on hybrid, electric and advanced fossil fuel powertrain systems such as propane, CNG and Diesel.”

These new courses meet training requirements in ProLevel 1 for Estimators, Auto Physical Damage Appraisers and Electrical/Mechanical Technicians in I-CAR’s Professional Development Program. The new courses have replaced Electric and Electric Hybrid Vehicles (ALT01/e) and Hybrid Electric and Alternative Fuel Vehicles (ALT02/e). Either the Live course or both online courses must be completed in order to receive credit.