Auto Service Auto Body employees complete a rigorous certification program to perform work on your car. The certifications are backed up by large national organizations and systems such as ICAR and ASE.
The I-CAR vision is that every person in the collision industry, current I-CAR and future, has the necessary knowledge and skills relevant to their position to achieve a complete and safe repair. Formed by the collision industry in 1979, I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, is an international, not-for-profit training organization. All I-CAR activities and resources focus on helping the industry achieve a high level of technical training. 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 programs and services on an industry-wide basis.
I-CAR’s mission is that I-CAR will be the leader in research, development and delivery of quality, convenient, cost-effective educational programs for the collision industry.
We will fulfill our mission by:
Raising the level of knowledge and skills required of individuals involved in the repair process.
Preparing individuals for career opportunities and advancement.
Administering programs to recognize professional achievement.
Improving communication and promoting the value of education throughout the collision repair, insurance, and related industries.
Creating public awareness of a complete and safe repair.
More About ASE Certification
ASE-certified automotive technicians and other service professionals can be identified in several ways. The most obvious is to look for the ASE sign on the facility. Once inside, most establishments proudly display the ASE certificates earned by their technicians in their office or waiting room. Finally, the technicians may be wearing an ASE patch on the shoulder of their uniform.
All ASE-certified professionals are proud of their achievement and are more than willing to show you their credentials. ASE has years of experience helping the automotive industry verify the skills and knowledge of the technicians working at dealerships, independent repair shops, collision shops, franchises, fleets, and more. Car owners and the service and repair industry regard ASE certification as the standard measure of competency and a guide to quality auto repairs.
ASE has taken this responsibility one step further by offering a recognition opportunity for highly qualified repair facilities, which allows them to showcase their technicians and their commitment to excellence. It is called the Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition Program. The program’s emphasis is to identify establishments with a large percentage of ASE-certified professionals. It is a recognition program for businesses striving to be the best, and willing to prove their commitment. It is important that all persons involved in the collision repair process recognize and remember our responsibility to our customers or insured.
The occupants of a repaired vehicle depend on the decisions made, procedures and materials used in the repair process with their very lives. If braking, handling or collision energy management are adversely affected by improper or incomplete repairs they may pay for our negligence with injury or death. It is a tremendous responsibility and a great opportunity to be of service to our society. Only by constantly retraining ourselves in the latest repair technology can we accomplish the goal of collision damage vehicles returned to pre-accident condition.
Pre 1980’s collision repair processes where considered to be very standardized for all make and models. Collision repair training standards were either nonexistent or generic at best. In the 1980’s with the introduction of the Unitized Frame Structure and the world of Supplement Restraints, the collision repair industry was forever changed. The automakers started making the technological advancements on today’s vehicles, but the repair industry had no idea how to repair them.