GM Service Technical College Announces New Training Requirements

| June 1, 2018

GM’s Service Technical College (STC) and its Service Training Standards (STS) have announced new training requirements for 2018 to increase body structural repair knowledge and skills for technicians. The new training requirements expand on GM’s ongoing efforts to support training consistency throughout the industry.

As the material structural elements and technology of vehicles evolve, GM dealer and dealer-sponsored body structural and collision repair technicians need to be well-trained in the relevant repair procedures, especially with the new material-specific requirements for attachment methods. Most new GM vehicles will require a combination of attachment techniques, including welding, MIG Brazing and Rivet Bonding.

As part of GM’s continued partnership with I-CAR®, by December 31, 2018, the following courses will be required for one technician per dealer or dealer sublet shop within the Body Structural Repair (I-CAR) category:
✔ MIG Brazing Theory
✔ MIG Brazing Hands-On Skills Development
✔ Squeeze-Type Resistance Spot Welding

MIG Brazing is offered as part of I-CAR’s Hands-On Skills Development™ program. This course is taught in a live instruction format and provides historical perspectives on the attachment method, an overview of the equipment needed to complete the process, and hands-on practice and coaching, which creates an in-shop learning experience that fully engages the technician. In addition, offering MIG Brazing in the shop environment where technicians learn on the equipment they use daily gives technicians a unique opportunity to collaborate as a team as they gain knowledge and skills that can be applied immediately.

Designed to ensure end-to-end shop readiness, Hands-On Skills Development also enables
technicians to hone their skills based on their own personal level of experience, which provides peace of mind for shop owners.

In addition to the new 2018 Body Structural Repair training standards, I-CAR Welding Training & Certification™ continues to be a requirement for a minimum of one technician per repair facility.

Required I-CAR Steel Welding Training Certification courses include either:
✔ Steel GMA (MIG) Welding
✔ Steel Sectioning

Chevrolet dealers with a Corvette Stingray allocation must have a minimum of one body structural technician complete the following I-CAR Welding Training & Certification course:
✔ Welding Training & Certification: Aluminum GMA (MIG) Welding

To qualify for the Cadillac Aluminum Repair Network, participating dealer shops must achieve the coveted I-CAR Gold Class® designation, recognized as the industry standard for training and also one of GM’s knowledge and skill requirement options.

Collision repair facilities that earn the Gold Class designation often increase operational efficiencies, reduce cycle times, minimize repair mistakes, and most importantly, complete safe repairs.

In addition to the Gold Class designation, at least one technician at each participating shop must complete all of the three I-CAR training courses recognized by the Cadillac Aluminum Repair Network, as shown below:
✔ Welding Training & Certification: Aluminum GMA (MIG) Welding
✔ Aluminum-Intensive Vehicle Repairs
✔ Aluminum Exterior Panel Repair and Replacement

For more information on the programs specific to GM and I-CAR’s training partnership, visit


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