I-CAR Certification: Collision Repair Training

ICAR certification training includes many different specialized areas, but the three Core Training Programs are: Steel Unitized Structures Technologies and Repair, Hazardous Airborne Pollutant Reduction, and Hybrid Electric and Alternative Fuel Vehicles. Each program is made up of smaller courses. The purpose of ICAR training and certification is to teach auto repair technicians the correct ways to repair collision damaged vehicles, and to instill confidence in the owners of those damaged vehicles. (This is a good reason to look for proof of I-Car certification when choosing a repair shop.)


1. Enroll in the ICAR Self-Study Program. Most of these are offered online and the training can be completed at your pace and on your schedule.

2. Enroll in the ICAR Live Program. These are taught by instructors supported by CD-ROM and textbooks. Participants will also benefit from hands-on experiences.

3. At the end of each course, pass the post-test. These are open-note tests. If you do not pass the first time, you may retake the course, usually at no extra charge, and try the test again.

4. Take and pass the ICAR certification test upon completion of the ICAR program.

Continuing education is also available, and is a good idea if you wish to keep your skills fresh and relevant. If you are already employed by an insurance company, most of them should offer tuition reimbursement upon successful completion of each course. Depending upon your specialty, this training may be mandatory.

You may think that since you want to be an insurance adjuster rather than work in a body shop, this training is not for you. However, many insurance companies look for this certification in their auto property damage adjusters: after all, how can one know whether or not the body shop work is up to standards if one does not know what those standards are? An insurance company’s physical damage appraiser must be able to inspect, analyze and write an accurate estimate on a damage vehicle in order to protect the interests of the company and the customer; this requires training.

This article is written for informational purposes and is not intended to take the place of competent local legal counsel. The writer is not affiliated with ICAR in any way.

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