| January 2, 2019

By Mark Bochenek, Principal, OEM Business Development, I-CAR

The advent of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that are paving the way for autonomous vehicle technologies is driving rapid change in the automotive and collision repair industries. In this constantly evolving environment, it is vital that collision repair technicians are up-to-date on all the latest OEM repair procedures.

To keep pace with all of these many changes, GM maintains a close partnership with I-CAR to conduct GM body structural repair training within the U.S. and educate technicians about the latest GM repair procedures. Additionally, GM and the collision repair education and training organization continue to utilize an overview course that launched last October.

Collision Repair Overview Course

The online course, General Motors (GM) Company Collision Repair Overview, is a one-hour, one-credit overview that covers not only GM’s format for collision repair procedures, but also identifies where to find the most up-to-date repair procedures. Offered as part of I-CAR’s Vehicle and Technology Specific Training™ (VTST) program, it provides the answers to the top questions technicians have about repairing GM vehicles that have been involved in a collision.

The three-course modules include historical repair information, the information needed for today’s collision repairs and other repair procedures, including calibration requirements for various ADAS. Completing this course is an excellent opportunity for technicians to maintain and advance their skills.

I-CAR training and skills development are an essential part of the recently introduced GM Collision Repair Network, which will raise the bar for participating facilities. In addition, I-CAR recently unveiled new enhancements that are designed to help technicians master the skills they need to stand out in the industry as valued collision repair professionals.

At NACE Automechanika in Atlanta, I-CAR announced comprehensive changes to its core education and recognition programs that will better prepare collision repair technicians to face future challenges in the collision repair industry. I-CAR collaborated extensively with industry experts to restructure its courses to meet the need for quality training covering the latest collision repair trends. Specific details about the updated curriculum and changes to annual training requirements, course accessibility and recognition levels will be available when the program launches in the second quarter of 2019. In the meantime, more information about the enhancements is available at I-CARTraintoGain.com.

Additional Resources for Technicians

GM is committed to getting its repaired vehicles back on the road in as high-quality a condition as they were when they were first produced. To that end, technicians can quickly and easily access a variety of I-CAR courses designed to keep them aware of OEMspecific changes and industry repairability trends.
I-CAR collaborated with GM to develop up-to-date GM vehicle calibration requirements via the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support® (RTS) Portal. Through the portal, technicians can access the latest news in the collision repair industry, I-CAR best practices and the OEM Calibration Requirements Search tool. This innovative search feature allows repair professionals to select the make, model and year of the vehicle being repaired. Within each vehicle category, they can find the possible ADAS options for that vehicle and the events requiring calibration.

For more details about GM courses and links to other useful information,
visit GM’s OEM information webpage on the RTS Portal at https://rts.i-car.com/oem-information/chevrolet.html

For more information about programs specific to GM and I-CAR’s training partnership, visit I-CAR.com/GM.

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Category: Industry News, The Business of Repairs