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:
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.”
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
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.
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.
From CollisionWeek News
The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) announced that 51 collision repair instruction sheets released by Ford for the 2015 Ford F-150 are now available on the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) Portal. The 2015 Ford F-150 collision repair instruction sheets provide important detailed instructions on part removal and installation procedures for front rail (apron tube) installation, pillars and rocker panel installation, roof and roof rail installation, and more.
“As we speak the new, aluminum-intensive 2015 Ford F-150 is coming off the assembly line. It is important for collision repair professionals to have the information readily available to repair this popular vehicle made with new materials” said Jason Bartanen, Director of Industry Technical Relations for I-CAR. “Working with Ford to provide this information out via the RTS Portal improves industry access to the information required to support complete, safe and quality repairs.
I-CAR Raising Prices for Training by $2 per Credit Hour
The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) announced on Friday that starting in December, the cost of training will increase by $2 per credit hour or $6 for the typical three credit hour class. Current pricing for Gold Class businesses and Platinum individuals is $31 per credit hour ($93 for 3 credit hour live class) or $39 per credit hour ($117 for 3 credit hour live class) for others.
Under the new pricing, Gold Class business and Platinum Individuals would pay $33 per credit hour ($99 for 3 credit hour live class) or 6.5 percent more than current pricing.
In an email announcing the increase, Ann Gonzalez, Senior Director of Marketing, explained, “After holding Gold Class/Platinum pricing flat for four-years, in Dec. 2014 I-CAR will introduce a $2 per credit hour class price increase, the first increase since 2010. Even with this $2 price increase, as result of all the surcharges and fees I-CAR has eliminated (Gold Class renewal fees, Gold Class Plaque Fees, Assisted Registration Surcharge, etc.), the reduction in Welding program pricing, and the absorption of economics over the past 4-years, on a volume-adjusted basis, the industry in 2015 will on average spend 12 percent less for I-CAR training and recognition than it did in 2010.”
Customers who pre-register for future classes prior to the price increase will receive current pricing.
From CollisionWeek News
I-CAR announced that two new courses for refinish technicians. Refinish Materials and Application Blending (REF08e) and Color Theory, Mixing Toners, and Tinting (REF09) are available now and have replaced Color Theory, Application, Tinting, and Blending (REF03).
Refinish Materials and Application Blending (REF08e) is an interactive online course, worth 2 credit hours. It is complete with demonstrations on conventional blending and reverse blending, as well as discussions on using a blending additive and a blending bed. Other key topics are material application, including sealers, basecoats and the array of clearcoats available today.
Color Theory, Mixing Toners, and Tinting (REF09) will provide knowledge on how to evaluate color, as well as discuss if and when tinting should be done. There are several interactive classroom activities throughout the course where students can apply and reinforce knowledge learned. This Live, instructor-led course is worth 3 credit hours.
The courses meet training requirements for Refinish Technicians, Estimators and Auto Physical Damage Appraisers in I-CAR’s Professional Development Program.
I-CAR has officially launched its all-new instructor-led, Aluminum Panel Repair and Replacement course (APR01) that was previewed at NACE. This course provides in-depth information, backed by in-class student activities, on the array of important considerations to take into account when making decisions on aluminum panels. Go Here to find a course location near you.
Josh McFarlin, I-CAR Director of Curriculum & Product Development explained, “Making the right decisions at the right time can play a role in improving KPIs like cycle time and CSI. Being able to properly assess damage and repair and replace exterior panels requires understanding the properties, characteristics, design, and construction of aluminum.”
During the course, students will participate in group activities to help reinforce learning and engagement as they receive instruction on techniques to remove damage. Some of the techniques will include hammer and dolly use, using heat for straightening aluminum, Paintless Dent Repair (PDR), weld-on and glue-on dent removal and preventing corrosion. Students will also receive demonstrations and explanations of several panel attachment and removal methods, as well as information on preparation and application. Aluminum welding considerations such as welding tears and dressing the weld will also be covered.
The new 3-credit hour course meets training requirements for Non-Structural Technicians, Estimators and Auto Physical Damage Appraisers in I-CAR’s Professional Development Program.
From CollisionWeek News
The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) has launched its Repairability Technical Support Portal for collision repair technical questions and answers. The site is designed to benefit technicians, shop owners, estimators, insurance specialists and field educators.
“This portal represents I-CAR’s direct solution to the need expressed by the industry; improved accessibility to the repair information required to support performance of complete, safe and quality repairs for the ultimate benefit of the consumer,” said John Van Alstyne, CEO & President of I-CAR. “We have created an online resource that brings the OEM and collision repair worlds together for an exciting collaboration that will make more repair critical information available across the industry, contributing to time, resource and cost savings in all aspects of the repair process.”
Among the portal’s highlights:
- Thousands of pages of OEM Repair information specific to hundreds of vehicle models
- “Top 10” repair inquiries, plus an extensive searchable database that allows model specific research into the thousands of technical inquiries I-CAR has already addressed over the years
- The latest industry news and information
- Quick and important reference materials such as the Airbag and Partial Replacement Matrices
- And all the content is accessible on-the-go, from a laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.
A key element of this new service offering is ‘Ask I-CAR’, a new service I-CAR designed to help the industry with repair technical questions. Inquiries can now be submitted online, or via telephone. ‘Ask I-CAR’ features full-time staff dedicated to responding to collision repair inquiries from users.