I-CAR®, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, the not-for-profit organization created in 1979 by the collective automotive collision repair industry (Repairers, Insurers, OEMs, Suppliers, Schools and Services), is chartered to assist the collision repair industry with programs that help industry individuals and businesses develop and access the information, knowledge and skills required to perform complete, safe and quality repairs.

Accordingly, I-CAR’s Professional Development Program™ (PDP) is designed to establish clarity on the requisite terminal and enabling learning objectives, documented as knowledge and skills, to achieve such repairs, as defined by industry stakeholders in cooperation with I-CAR.

Further, industry-wide adoption of the program as the industry standard for training contributes to industry consistency, uniformity and efficiencies for all stakeholders, while also contributing to the industry’s objective of complete, safe and quality repairs.

Automotive Collision Repair Industry Knowledge and Skills Protocol

This protocol goes through each collision repair role (estimator, refinish technician, non-structural technician, structural technician, electrical/diagnostics technician, mechanical technician, production management and auto physical damage appraiser) listing:

  • Knowledge and skill areas needed to perform complete, safe and quality repairs
  • Detailed definitions of the knowledge and skill area
  • Specific knowledge detail (if applicable)
  • Specific skill detail (if applicable)

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Industry Training Relative to I-CAR Knowledge and Skill Areas

This interactive web page shows training options for each collision repair role based off the Automotive Collision Repair Industry Knowledge and Skills Protocol. The knowledge and skills areas have training offered by:

  • I-CAR (PDP Courses)
  • OEM Alliance Courses
  • Supplier/Other Alliance Courses

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