I-Car Auto Collision Repair
Memberships and Certifications
Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR)
Founded in 1979, I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) is an international, not-for-profit training organization dedicated to improving the quality, safety, and efficiency of auto collision repair for the ultimate benefit of the consumer.
I-CAR has adopted a concept we call “Outward Vision”. This concept is driven by the need to define the “Ideal State” of the Collision Industry relative to technical training. I-CAR’s definition of the Industry’s “Ideal State” is:
Every person in the Collision Industry has the necessary technical knowledge and skills relevant to their position to ensure a complete and safe repair.
I-CAR develops and delivers technical training programs to professionals in all areas of the Collision Industry. In addition, I-CAR provides a communication forum for anyone interested in proper collision repair.
I-CAR’s primary funding is derived from student tuition and services. This assures that I-CAR can remain unbiased in developing courses and services on an industry-wide basis.
The tests, which are conducted twice a year at about 800 locations around the country, are administered by ACT, known for its academic and occupational testing programs. The exams stress knowledge of job-related skills. They are no cinch to pass; approximately one out of three test takers fails.
Consumers benefit from ASE certification. It is a valuable yard stick by which to measure the knowledge and skills of individual technicians as well as the commitment to quality of the repair facility employing ASE-certified professionals.
ASE-certified technicians usually wear blue and white ASE shoulder insignia and carry credentials listing their exact area(s) of expertise (brakes, engine repair, etc.), while employers often display their technicians’ credentials in the customer waiting area.