I-CAR Unveils Recognition Program Enchancements
I-CAR®, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, has unveiled enhancements to its I-CAR Platinum Individual ® and I-CAR Gold Class Professionals® Collision Repair recognition programs. The 2013 enhancements came directly from inter-industry feedback and the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) meetings.
I-CAR CEO & President, John Van Alstyne described the key enhancements to the Platinum and Gold Class programs, which are effective immediately, “ICAR’s core, role-based curriculum, the I-CAR Professional Development Program (PDP), remains unchanged; however, several program requirements for Platinum and Gold Class recognition for collision repairers have been modified to better accommodate the industry.”
Platinum program enhancements include an ongoing on-ramp to Platinum, which is termed the “Road to Platinum.” Individuals on the Road to Platinum receive tailored I-CARE customer support. Platinum recognition begins with I-CAR ProLevel® 1 achievement and Platinum recognition is maintained by annual progression from ProLevel 1, to ProLevel 2, to ProLevel 3, then through completion of six credit hours of ongoing role-relevant training thereafter.
VanAlstyne commented, “The key principle to remember is that Gold Class is all about Platinum achievement. Platinum is the foundation and this has not changed.”
Gold Class program enhancements include a similar ongoing on-ramp to Gold Class, which is termed the “Road to Gold.” Gold Class recognition will begin with Platinum ProLevel 1 achievement, just as it did in 2012. Gold Class recognition is maintained with ongoing Platinum achievement and the program rules have been modified to better accommodate employee turnover realities.
I-CAR is dedicated to supporting all the businesses that achieved ProLevel 1 Gold Class recognition in 2012 and will continue to provide ongoing support through its I-CARE program.
For businesses that did not achieve ProLevel 1 Gold Class recognition in 2012, the new Road to Gold program will allow them to get back on track and achieve Gold Class recognition as soon as they achieve ProLevel 1 status.
Businesses that wish to get on the Road to Gold should contact I-CAR customer care to learn more about the new requirements. Even businesses new to training with I-CAR will benefit from these changes.