How do I know if the subscription model is right for my shop?
The training subscription option is available for all Gold Class shops and offers a wide variety of benefits, including unlimited access to all live, virtual and online courses, as well as Repairability Technical Support (RTS) and Ask I-CAR services. If you want a well-trained shop with monthly or annual payment options, regardless of shop turnover or employee roles, then the subscription is right for you. If you choose not to adopt the subscription, a la carte pricing remains available for all shops.
How are the training subscription costs calculated?
Annual training subscriptions, available only to Gold Class shops, can be broken down into a per-shop fee and a per-worker fee assessed for each estimator, refinisher, non-structural technician and structural technician at a shop.
The 2019 per-shop fee is $1,000 regardless of shop size; however, this fee is applied per location. The annual per-shop fee for an MSO with five locations, for example, is $5,000. The 2019 per-worker fee of $325 is applied for each shop employee working as an estimator, refinisher, non-structural technician or structural technician—regardless of whether the employee is a designated role rep for one of these four Gold Class roles.
Gold Class shops on a subscription plan pay nothing extra for training for managers, mechanics, apprentices, porters, front office staff, and all other employees who are not designated a role rep for the shop.
Take a look at two examples below.
2019 Subscription for Single Shop with 3 Technicians: $192 Monthly Cost/$2,300 Total Annual Cost
Since role reps in four knowledge areas are required to meet Gold Class requirements, one of the three technicians at this example shop will need to fulfill two roles. Typically, one technician would serve as both the Non-Structural and Structural role rep and complete training for both roles, however, which two roles are combined is a business decision.
In this example, the $325 fee is applied for each of the four required role reps, totaling $1,300. The second part of the subscription cost is the standard $1,000 per shop fee.
2019 Subscription for Single Shop with 9 Technicians: $327 Monthly Cost/$3,925 Annual Cost
This is an example and not the only way a Gold Shop might operate if it had nine technicians.
The $325 fee for each estimator, refinisher, non-structural technician and structural technician in this example shop are applied as follows: $650 for two Estimators, $975 for three Non-Structural reps, $650 for two Structural reps, and $650 for two Refinish reps. Combined fees for all estimators, refinishers, non-structural technicians and structural technicians working at this shop total $2,925. The second part of the subscription cost is the standard $1,000 per shop fee.
What is an average annual cost for the a la carte training vs subscription?
For the average Gold Class shop with nine technicians, the a la carte monthly training cost is $407. Subscription pricing for the same shop is just $327, which is about a 20% savings on training.
Please note, subscription pricing is only available for Gold Class shops.