Explore this section APDA Platinum Package I-CAR Curriculum I-CAR Professional Development Program PDP PDP for Collision Repair Professionals Estimator Non-Structural Technician Steel Structural Technician Refinish Technician Production Management Aluminum Structural Technician Electrical/Mechanical Technician PDP for Insurance Professionals Auto Physical Damage Appraiser PDP Education Edition (PDP-EE) Benefits of PDP Vehicle & Technology Specific Training Welding Training & Certification Welding Courses Steel GMA (MIG) Welding (WCS03) Aluminum GMA (MIG) Welding (WCA03) Steel Sectioning (SPS05) Welding Training & I-CAR PDP Welding Capability & Readiness Assessment Register for an In-Shop Welding Course Welding Pricing Questions? 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ASE Test Preparation Tools Class Search Course Catalog 2016 Q4 Course Updates 2016 Q2 Course Updates Full Course Catalog New Courses Tuition & Registration E-codes Ways to Train Applications & Resources Home / Educational Programs / Gold Class Professionals Business Recognition / Collision Repair Gold Class / Collision Repair Road to Gold Collision Repair Road to Gold (R2G) A Shop that is Actively Pursuing Gold Class® Designation is Considered on the Road to Gold. A business is on the Road to Gold (R2G) for 12 months. During this time a shop trains to meet ProLevel® training requirements to become Gold Class. As soon as you begin the Road to Gold journey, you will receive R2G benefits, such as ongoing support and training tools from the I-CARE Customer Support Team. For more information on Road to Gold program rules visit the PDP Manual. Role Relevant Training To earn the Gold Class recognition, businesses must achieve and maintain a high level of role-relevant training across each of the major collision repair roles: Estimator Non-Structural Technician Steel Structural Technician Refinish Technician This is measured by achievement and maintenance of Platinum™ recognition, earned through I-CAR Professional Development Program™ training. The four Role Reps listed above must achieve and maintain Platinum status. All employees directly involved in the repair of vehicles do not have to achieve Platinum, but must complete six credit hours of role-relevant PDP or Welding training each year. To recognize businesses that are committed to a high level of training and safety, I-CAR also offers the following specialty role designations: Production Management Aluminum Structural Technician Electrical/Mechanical Technician These roles are NOT required for the business to achieve Gold Class. Join Road to Gold Today! Frequently Asked Questions How is commitment made to joining Road to Gold? To be on the Road to Gold, facilities simply contact Customer Care, set-up their roster, and commit to achieving Gold Class in 12 months. A FREE Road to Gold Orientation Class is also available. Who are Role Reps? To earn the Gold Class recognition, businesses must achieve and maintain role-relevant training across each of the major collision repair roles: Estimator, Non-Structural Technician, Steel Structural Technician, Refinish Technician. This is measured by Platinum recognition, which is earned through I-CAR Professional Development Program training. Does I-CAR offer any additional roles? To recognize businesses that are committed to a high level of training and safety, I-CAR also offers the following specialty role designations: Production Management, Aluminum Structural Technician and Electrical/Mechanical Technician. These roles are NOT required for the business to achieve Gold Class. Do all of my technicians have to train? All employees directly involved in the repair of a vehicle need to train for the business to earn Gold Class. In addition to the role reps achieving Platinum status, all other employees directly involved in a repair must complete six credit hour of role-relevent annual training or welding training within twelve months from the business' Gold Class application. How many classes do I have to take? The amount of classes needed to achieve Gold Class varies based on amount of existing training and size of the facility. In addition, I-CAR offers equivalency testing for technicians to test out of knowledge areas where content has been mastered through previous experience. Also, many training needs can be fulfilled by online courses. What is the timeframe for Road to Gold? The timeframe will vary depending on amount of existing training, size of facility and commitment to training, etc., but must be completed within 12 months. Is there a recommended training schedule to help my facility achieve Gold Class in 12 months? I-CAR recommends that each facility complete a certain amount of training every three months to stay on pace of the Road to Gold. Minimum quarterly progress will be tracked according to the chart on the right. I-CAR class schedules will be designed around the Road to Gold businesses achieving these progress goals. As soon as a facility takes their first class they will be included in scheduling plans. Am I eligible for Insurance or OEM partner programs on the Road to Gold? Some partner programs are beginning to recognize the commitment to working toward achieving Gold Class designation. I-CAR can provide network partners regular reports to show training progress of facilities on the Road to Gold.