Just recently, I-CAR announced a lot of changes coming to their curriculum starting next year. These changes will include testing for welding re-certification more often and more difficult requirements for their Gold and Platinum classifications.
The initiative years in the making was meant to “advance I-CAR’s vision that every person in the collision repair industry has the information, knowledge and skills required to perform complete, safe and quality repairs for the ultimate benefit of the consumer,” the educational organization wrote in a news release.
“For nearly 40 years, I-CAR has served as the industry’s trusted partner for knowledge building,” I-CAR CEO John Van Alstyne said in a statement. “As the automotive industry is now moving faster than ever before, and with support of our industry stakeholders, we made a conscious decision that it is time for the knowledge and skills bar to rise. At the same time, it is time for I-CAR’s programming to also make a bold step forward. Vehicle repairs today are more challenging than ever and will become increasingly complicated as we move toward the future. I-CAR’s new programs, services and technology have been designed to keep pace with the rate of innovation our industry is seeing.”
Welders certified through the I-CAR program will have to reverify their skills every three years instead of every five years, but the training organization is “no longer requiring course repeat when skills are reverified,” according to I-CAR.
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