I-CARInter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair
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Training for working with aluminum in collision repair differs from training for working with steel in that you're often using different tools and different techniques because of the properties of each material," explains Jason Bartanen, director of industry technical relations for I-CAR.
To see an organization which was founded by the collective industry move forward as quickly as I-CAR has in the past two years is amazing," says I-CAR International Board of Directors Chairman Nick Notte, who congratulated all in the industry for recognizing his organization's potential.
Attendees will have the opportunity to hear the latest I-CAR news during the General Session as well as participate in a high-energy panel discussion centered on industry excellence, how to achieve industry-wide and business-specific excellence in repair methods, and business performance and professionalism.
The broad-based process focus designed into this new Production Management Role allows shops to empower all of their resources, fine-tune their KPI's and realize maximum ROI on shop-wide training investment," said John Van Alstyne, CEO and President of I-CAR.
Students will follow a five-semester curriculum that offers stackable credentials, including six I-CAR platinum training designations, three I-CAR welding certifications, and training covering Auto Service Excellence (ASE) B2 through B5 certifications, as well as equipment-specific training with various industry partners.
I-CAR Education Foundation Executive Director Ron Ray calls Porazzo an asset to the Education Foundation and his fellow collision repair instructors and notes, "In less than two years he has become one of the most active northeast region I-CAR instructors, and now also is trained to facilitate Instructor Qualification Workshops.
In order to achieve the I-CAR Gold Class Professionalsdesignation, collision repair and training facilities need to meet certain criteria.
I-CAR also will be releasing updated schedules on recently completed programs as well as those in development.
Commenting on the I-CAR Professional Development Program, Jeff Peevy, I-CAR Director of Field Operations said, "The Program is focused on training that develops the knowledge and competencies required to perform successfully in specific roles in the repair and claims handling process.
This data complements other related I-CAR data that shows the positive impact training has on shop KPI performance, and the further performance benefits that accrue to shops that possess a culture of learning or as I-CAR refers to it, a "Learning Culture.
Eau Claire's revenue increase from 2007 to 2008 was 11%, they achieved I-CAR Gold status, which is the highest recognition for training a business can earn in the collision industry, and they achieved a 100% CSI score.
The 2014 I-CAR Conference, themed "Driving Excellence in Technology" and held at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan, brought hundreds of executives together with leading auto industry figures to detail the challenges and opportunities related to rapidly advancing automotive technologies and their impact on the collision repair industry.