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I-CAR Now Offers Newly Required FCA Certification Courses, Discount on EV Courses

I-CAR Now Offers Newly Required FCA Certification Courses, Discount on EV Courses
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I-CAR is now introducing new Vehicle and Technology Specific Training (VTST) courses – most of which are required for all FCA-approved collision care stores. I-CAR is also offering a 15% discount on EV cycles through the end of the month.

VTST courses ensure “professionals are trained to obtain the knowledge and skills needed to perform complete, safe, and quality repairs,” and as of June 1, six of the eight are required to obtain or maintain FCA certification, according to a joint press release from Stellaantis and I-CAR.

“The service engineering group at Stellantis worked closely with the curriculum development team at I-CAR to incorporate the latest Stellantis procedures into all new training courses,” said Lynn Rogers, Head of Stellantis Technical Operations North America/Collision Service. We are upgrading our training requirements to ensure that our entire collision network is up to a ‘master class’ in their knowledge and skills.”

The following courses will be required:

    • FCA wiTECH Scan Tool Basics (Prerequisite for FCA Driver Assistance Systems for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM, Alfa Romeo and Fiat vehicles) – Learn about components, setup, and basic use of the wiTECH™ 2.0 scan tool
    • Flashing FCA wiTECH ECU Learn how to identify the types of ECU flashes, the components needed to flash the ECU, see if the flash applies to the vehicle, and more.
    • FCA driver assistance systems Learn about the operation and calibration of electronic driver assistance systems in Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM, Alfa Romeo and Fiat vehicles.
    • FCA Introduction to Service Library Find out how to access and use the latest service information available on FCA vehicles on a tour of the OEM Service Library.
    • FCA Marketing Your Certificate Learn best practices to help you get started in marketing and benefit from your FCA certification.
    • Jeep Grand Cherokee WL One hour course describing significant design changes to WL, vehicle building materials, servicing, repairs, and electrical and mechanical procedures.

These courses will be part of I-CAR’s VTST portfolio and are associated with I-CAR Professional Development Programwhich I-CAR told RDN “features distinct training pathways that provide every professional involved in the collision repair industry with the up-to-date knowledge and skills they need to successfully perform their role.”

VTST courses count toward fulfillment of the annual role-specific training and can be completed by any individual at a FCA approved collision care facility. All courses are available Online It can be completed by anyone in the industry.

Completion of the previous course will not be affected. In addition, the following are recommended FCA approved collision care elective courses:
Facilities to consider: Recording FCA Diagnostic Data with wiTECH (“Trip Recording”) And the FCA Create a compelling message when marketing your degree.

All eight courses will also be accessed on an optional basis to all students and businesses across the collision repair ecosystem.

“I-CAR looks forward to further developing our suite of vehicle and technology training courses, and strengthening our relationship with Stellantis and other OEMs in developing additional courses that highlight new vehicles as they come to market and/or new and specialized repair considerations,” said BD Center, Director Technical Products and Curricula at I-CAR.

For more information about the program, including the steps for obtaining certification, visit certifymyshop.com/chrysler.

Electric Vehicle (EV) courses

In recognition of National Safety Month, I-CAR is also offering a 15% discount through the end of June on a package of eight online EV courses. The main reason for the discount is because it is important for repairmen to know how to properly repair electric vehicles since “an error occurring during the electric vehicle repair process could seriously affect the safety of the technician, shop or customer,” according to a news release from I-CAR.

“Technicians in the collision industry have not typically focused on electrical theory, diagnosis and repair like mechanical diagnostic technicians, so these courses are intended to provide them with a solid understanding of basic knowledge and important safety aspects before they come to them with more hands-on training,” the center told RDN.

The courses are:

    • Electrical Theory – Covers basic electrical theory concepts, including electricity, flow of electric current, resistance and Ohm’s Law as well as a review of the various elements of an electrical circuit, circuit types, and electrical circuit theory.
    • Circuit Measurements with a Volt Ohm (DVO) – Learn how to measure voltage, resistance, and current with a DVOM.
    • Basic Electrical Circuit Troubleshooting – Learn about the different types of troubleshooting repair documents available, the five-step I-CAR troubleshooting process, and the most common types of malfunctions.
    • Introduction to Electric Vehicles (EV) – Discover the types of electric vehicles on the road today and the purpose of each unique part.
    • EV Initial Inspection and Handling – discusses the initial inspection and safety considerations of the electric vehicle upon arrival at the repair facility;
    • Understanding High Voltage Safety – Explains the elements of electricity and the relationship between voltage, current, and resistance in high voltage systems.
    • Electric Vehicle (EV) Damage Analysis – reviews necessary safety precautions when working with electric vehicles; And the
    • Introduction to Electric Vehicle (EV) Service Considerations – Learn how to remove (R&I), remove and replace (R&R), common EV system parts associated with collision repairs.

The courses are prerequisites for the soon-to-be-launched five-day practical skills development course led by I-CAR technical experts at Chicago Technical Center in Vernon Hills, Illinois, for which course details and enrollment information will be announced as such.

“Since we’ve just launched this series, we’re not quite sure what to expect, but we do know – with the number of electric vehicles on the road today, along with over 100 new electric vehicles entering the market, the topic is unavoidable – EV is here and I-CAR will continue Invest in educational programming to obtain the knowledge and skills needed to carry out complete, safe, and high-quality repairs to the benefit of the consumer,” the center said.

“Some manufacturers have announced their intention to move to 100% electric vehicles in the very near future, so the need to understand how to fix electric vehicles is now there.”

For example, Ford Blue President Kumar Galhotra announced on June 2 that “as part of our plan to drive the future of our industry and produce a new generation of great Ford products for our customers” to create 6,200 new United Auto Workers (UAW) jobs and invest $3.7 billion in Ford plants across Midwest. The new jobs include 1,800 at Ford’s Ohio assembly plant where Galhotra made the announcement.

Galhotra said pilot work at the Ohio plant, which is located in three cities, will begin later this year and workers will begin building an all-new commercial electric vehicle by the middle of the decade.

Jeff Bevey, I-CAR’s vice president of technical products, software, and services, said the courses are “designed to provide clarity and guidance in keeping technicians safe and minimizing risks and errors when working on any electric vehicle, in any store or setting in the industry.”

I-CAR customers who are already part of a training subscription plan can access the eight courses in an unlimited live, online, and virtual subscription feature. Gold Class stores that are not part of the I-CAR Training subscription plan will receive a 20% discount on the package package. I-CAR Platinum technicians are eligible for a 20% discount on the package package.

To access the 15% package discount, sign up over here By June 30, 2022. For the latest news, resources and course offers, visit charged for EV.

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